These poker players spend their free time on exciting and challenging whitewater rivers
Adrenalin. It’s powerful. It makes us feel alive. We crave it. It can become addictive.
For those of us who have come to love that feeling of adrenalin as is surges through us when we engage ourselves in something new, something exciting, spine-tingling or risky, we are constantly in search of our next new “fix”. Where can we get it? What new experience can we seek out that will provide us with that exhilarating feeling that we crave?
Whitewater Rafting? Sure… that’s an obvious one. We KNOW we’ll get a surge from that, particularly on the Kicking Horse River.
Learning to play Texas Hold ‘em? Really? Well, what you will find out from reading on may surprise you and provide you with your next unexpected source for your adrenalin fix!
What would influence someone to learn to play Texas Hold’Em and join major tournaments? Poker is becoming a rather big deal, both via online casinos and land-based casinos. Last year, news broke out that IGT, whose games are featured on Castle Jackpot, had just signed a deal to provide video poker machines to Caesars Entertainment. The market for poker is growing larger by the minute, but what exactly draws crowds to this card game?
Of course, there’s the matter of the huge rewards and boons to be won at elite level, and the recognition that they earn from fans from around the world. But other than that, poker players are also in it for the adrenalin rush. Think about it, when they hold a powerful hand, the excitement can be overwhelming. The same can be said for water sports like white river rafting. Who wouldn’t get an adrenalin rush from the effort it takes to keep paddling and crashing through the waves or keeping inside the raft? Some adventurous card players have braved the water in many forms. Let us look at some of these poker players who like to get their feet wet:
This online gamer was born in 1981, currently residing in Moscow, Russia with a Mathematics degree from Moscow State University. With the help of a friend, Ivan Demidov was able to raise enough money to enter the 2008 World Series of Poker. With the experience he gained from the event, he went on to finish second in the main event of the US WSOP (taking home $5, 809,595) and finish third in the WSOP Europe (winning 344,850 Euros). Demidov is the sole player to make it to the finals of both events, and he did it in the same year.
Apart from poker, Ivan is a semi-pro player of the computer game “Starcraft”. He enjoys scuba diving, white water rafting, and skiing.
Was a pro online poker player that comes from Reading, in the UK. Jack Wilcox enjoyed skiing, white water rafting, and riding motorcycles, competing in various countries. He started joining tournaments like the “NL25 6max” in 2009. A year later, he graduated from University while juggling his poker profession. His experiences in poker motivated him to coach beginners because he was intimately familiar with the common “tells” or mistakes that even the seasoned pros make.
Tragically, Wilcox died in Thailand on February 6, 2012 after a vehicular accident.
This poker player from Birmingham, Alabama used to play baseball and go white river rafting when he attended Shades Valley High School. He had to compete in tournaments in other countries at the age of 21 as this was the minimal legal age for a person to go pro in almost all states in America.
Aside from participating in the WSOP, Shannon Shorr also appeared in the 2014 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open.
These players have proven that there is more to life than just poker.