Friday, July 13, 2012
Roberto Luongo's all-in at WSOP
By Sarah Goldstein
Roberto Luongo has found a way to pass the time while he waits for the Vancouver Canucks to trade him: the goaltender is playing in the World Series of Poker.
Luongo made it through Day 3 of the WSOP and is in 639th place with 92,000 chips.
Luongo's brother Fabio is also playing in the tournament and is in 186th place with 360,000 chips . Dave D'Alesandro leads the field with 1.1 million in chips.
"It's amazing that we've made it this far," Luongo said on ESPN's The Poker Edge podcast.
Playing mostly online during the season, Luongo said that there are some similarities between being in net and sitting at a poker table.
"I think you’ve got to rely a lot on your reads in poker and goaltending," Luongo said. "You’ve got to be patient and wait for the right time. You can’t overcommit on certain plays or it will cost you. So I think the same thing goes for poker."
Luongo's $10,000 buy-in was paid for by the B.C. Lottery Corp., whose Playnow.com gaming site sponsors him, according to the Vancouver Sun.
The 6,598-player WSOP main event is down to the final 719 players. The final 666 players will get paid.