The Roberto Loungo Charity Poker Classic took place on Monday night, with 300 poker and hockey enthusiasts turning out for a memorable evening dedicated to raising money for youth health and wellness through hockey education and programs; about $90,000 was raised through auctions, registration fees and donations to benefit the charitable organization “Canucks for Kids”.
While about half the crowd in attendance was there to take in the entertainment and watch the players, 150 competitive personalities took to the poker felts to do their part and maybe score a little loot in the process. Poker celebrities Greg Raymer, Matt Jarvis and Brad Booth were all reported to having “anted up”; along with high stakes grinder Brian Hastings and local legend Daniel Skolovy.
On the sports celebrity side, NHL players Grant Fuhr, Gino Odjick and Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams joined Vancouver Canuck’s goaltender Roberto Luongo; while CFL players Geroy Simon and Ryan Thelwell also turned out to try their hand.
Simon, a Slotback for the BC Lions was said to have dominated for most of the tournament, though he couldn’t match the recent winning performance by Saskatchewan Roughrider Slotback Chris Getzlaf at Regina’s Harvest Poker Classic last week. Geroy did however finish in the money and was playing for charity, so thumbs up to his performance just the same.
Roberto’s performance however, looked as he might have had a point to prove as far as poker goes; since signing with PlayNow.com as an official “face” and spokesperson, it goes without saying at least a few players have asked, “really an NHL goaltender?”
Well, if Monday nights results at the River Rock Casino Resort are any indicator, he just might be “leveling” us all…Luongo pulled out an impressive “heads up” showing, finishing second only to Joseph Tang. While the top spot paid Joseph just over $10,200, Luongo donated his $6,779 second place money to the cause; making them both “winners” in our books.
Those participating in the tournament either bought directly in for $300 or qualified via daily satellites that ran on PlayNow.com; British Columbia’s only provincially regulated online poker site offering socially responsible gambling entertainment, while generating income to benefit all British Columbians.
Here are the final results:
Roberto Luongo Charity Poker Classic Results