Party Poker’s upcoming Poker in the Sky event has hit a small snag. The live event set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday intended to hoist 22 poker players 50 meters in the air to play a poker tournament in the sky. As part of the event, two undisclosed celebrities were going to be playing with the group of players who earned their seats via Party Poker satellites. A press release from Party Poker issued on Tuesday informed poker fans looking forward to the high flying event that one of those celebrity players, Theo Jorgensen, would no longer be taking part.
Jorgensen boasts an impressive poker resume that includes two European Poker Tour (EPT) final tables and a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Jorgensen first burst onto the poker scene after making the final table of the EPT French Open back in Season Two of the tour and made an appearance at Season Three’s Scandanavian Open final table in Copenhagen as well. The Danish pro has also experienced quite a bit of success at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE). He made the final table of the 2007 WSOPE Main Event, ultimately finishing in 8th place. He would return to London in 2008 and capture his first career WSOP bracelet, taking down the £5,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event.
Though his achievements on the felt first garnered him attention from the poker world, Jorgensen is arguably more famous for his antics away from the felt. In February of this year, Jorgensen and fellow Danish poker pro Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen fought each other in an exhibition boxing match. The event was held in Copenhagen and served as a vehicle for the world premiere of Hansen’s video-based website After three rounds of sparring a panel of judges declared Jorgensen the winner and Hansen was forced to pay his friend and in-ring adversary $35,000 for the victory.
With a penchant for poker and potential bodily harm, one would think Poker in the Sky would have been right up Jorgensen’s ally. A spokesperson for Party Poker informed the poker world that was not the case in their official press release. “Theo is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet on the poker circuit but we are disappointed that he has decided he is up for fights and not heights”, the representative explained. “Theo famously beat Gus Hansen in the much hyped boxing match and got a reputation as a hardman. Maybe Gus should challenge him to a boxing match 50 metres up next time around? Gus would win that as he would have a no show on his hands! In Italy they call a poker ‘fish’ a chicken but we’d never dare call Theo one of those!”
Friday’s event is scheduled to go on without Jorgensen and so far there has been no word about whether or not a different celebrity poker player will step in to fill his shoes, nor has the identity of the second celebrity poker player been revealed. The winner of Poker in the Sky will receive a buy-in to the upcoming Party Poker World Open V, which will play out next month at the Palm Beach Casino in London, England.

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