There is high stakes poker, and then there is Extreme Poker. In Australia, specifically Sydney Harbour’s North Head bluff, 6 daredevil poker players took their seats today at the poker table which happened to be on a platform 90m above the ocean for a rousing game of Texas Hold’em.
What’s next? The Extreme Poker Final at St. Kitts in the Caribbean and will be held underwater. Also, all the participants will receive an entry to a more convention poker tournament in the tropical retreat.
So what could be more nerve racking than playing at these heights, add in high winds and that when you got knocked out the only way down was to jump. Hugo Asenjo a 24 year old restaurant supervisor held it all together though and won the event.
Asenjo said “The wind was so strong we thought the game was going to be called off. It was really hard to try and concentrate on the game when the entire time you’re just thinking, don’t look down.”
As for as the Extreme Poker Final is concerned, “I must admit I’m a bit concerned about that,” said Hugo, “I can’t say I’m much of a scuba diver.”
Peter Marcus, Founder of Extreme Poker, said, “We’re definitely coming back next year. We just need to find the next challenge.” Marcus has taken the tournament to the Caribbean, the Arctic Circle and over the Nevada Desert, and now Australia.