$90,000 Raised For Kids In Luongo Charity Poker Classic
Tuesday, 15. November 2011

Roberto Luongo, the highly talented Vancouver Canucks goalie, hosted a charity poker tournament yesterday at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, Canada. The Luongo Charity Poker Classic raised $90,000 for the Canucks for Kids Fund.

Roberto Luongo through down the gauntlet, challenging fellow NHL pros and all comers in the Luongo Charity Classic held yesterday. The challenge was answered by a host of NHL stars; including, Tiger Williams, Grant Fuhr, Geroy Simon and Gino Odjick as well as 127 other participants. Roberto Luongo showed as much finesse on the felts as he shows on the ice, finishing second in the tournament.

The Canucks for Kids Fund was established in 1986 by the Vancouver Canucks and provides assistance for a variety of different children’s charities in British Columbia; including, the Canucks Autism Network, We CAN Be Friends, the BC Children’s Hospital and the Canucks Family Education Center. The Luongo Charity Poker Classic’s $500 buy-in helped to generate $90,000 for the Canucks for Kids Fund along with a number of auctioned items.

The tournament didn’t only generate $90,000 for charity; it also generated a $45,000 prizepool. Joseph Tang, a local amateur player, walked away with the first place prize. Geroy Simon, slotback for the BC Lions, asserted himself with a 14th place finish and Grant Fuhr, goalie coach for the Phoenix Coyotes, and the NHL Veteran Tiger Williams folded out early in the competition.

Roberto Luongo came under fire earlier this month for his appearance in commercials advertising online poker. Click here for more details.

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