Ackerman was stoked on the huge turn out of friends and family.
Kinnaird and the rest of the guys went off riding for the crowd over the Freeride Tech ramps.
The Chris Ackerman Poker Tournament went off Wendsday night at the Lake Elsinore Casino, and with the help of everyone involved, especially Lake Elsinore Casino, everyone raised over $20,000 for Chris and had a great time doing it.
A big crowd turned out to watch the freestyle demo put on by some of the best riders in the world, like Dayne Kinnaird, OX, Todd Potter, Fluffer, Derek Garland, Scummy, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Taylor Sterner and Luke Urek. All of ‘em were going nuts over the 80 foot Freeride Technology ramp-to-ramp. Deegan also made an appearance to hang out, sign some autographs and help rev-up the crowd on the mic. There were tons of industry players, good friends and random cool people there to support Chris and try their luck at the 120+ player tournament and the $15,000 top 20 payout.
The tournament didn’t have the normal overly serious poker vibe that a WSOP or even a local tournament would have. Everyone was loud, having fun and definitely making the old locals a little nervous. Half the final table was made up of poker guys that play big tournaments every night of the week and the other half were friends of Chris there to collect him some extra cash. Most of the players that won some cash were generous enough to donate most or all of their winnings back to Chris, which was not mandatory, but was very cool. Thanks to all that were there to watch the riding, play poker, and show their support!
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Some of the people that came out to support the cause: Deegan, Ryan Sheckler, OX, Grant Langston, Jimmy Button, Nate Adams, Dayne Kinnaird, Seth Enslow, Scummy, Jeff Tilton, Beau Manley, Twitch, Fluffer, Faisst, Todd Potter, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Brian Manley, Cameron Steele, Taylor Sterner, Derek Garland, Luke Urek, Erik Apple, Stephen Murray etc. etc... and a ton more.