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Roberto Luongo to play his hand at World Series of Poker

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo prepares to play a hand at a charity poker tournament last year at River Rock Casino Resort.  - Matthew Hoekstra file photo
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo prepares to play a hand at a charity poker tournament last year at River Rock Casino Resort.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra file photo

Vancouver Canucks superstar goalie Roberto Luongo may not be playing any NHL games in October, but that's not going to stop him from pursuing one of his other passions.

Luongo has indicated he's ready to test his skills against the world's best when the World Series of Poker makes its inaugural visit to Canada, at the River Rock Casino Resort.

Ten events are slated to be held in Richmond from Oct. 27 to Nov. 7, including two online events on Nov. 18 and Nov. 25.

"This is huge news for poker players," Great Canadian vice president Howard Blank said.

Luongo finished 639th out of 6,598 entrants at the 2012 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

"Having Roberto Luongo take part in the World Series of Poker Circuit event here at the River Rock Casino Resort is a true milestone. Luongo is a talented poker player and I know many players are ready to sit at the table with such an amazing athlete," Blank said.

Players will compete for more than $2.5 million in prize money, with the winner getting invited to play for a million dollars and a trademark gold bracelet at the national championships' main event in New Orleans in May of 2013.

Last November, Luongo took part in the first annual Robert Luongo Charity Poker Classic at River Rock, an event organized by the Richmond casino and the online gaming site playnow.com.

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