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Luongo staying alive at WSOP main event

Jul 11, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

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Roberto Luongo has lived to sit and shuffle his chips another day at the main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

From the Vancouver Sun:

Luongo finished his fifth level of play Tuesday night with 142,400 chips and was in 253rd place. Gaelle Baumann of France led with 505,800 chips. Luongo’s brother, Fabio, stood in 130th place with 186,000 chips. Players began the tournament with 30,000 chips.

Luongo will resume play Thursday when the huge field is condensed into one group. Up until now, the field has been split into three groups — A, B and C.

The main event runs until July 16, save for the final table which is played in October. The winner will take home $8,527,982.

As odd as it sounds, it’s worth wondering if the WSOP is holding up a Luongo trade. Considering how seriously he takes poker, it would be pretty unfair if the Canucks pulled the trigger on a deal while he was participating in the world’s most famous tournament.

Not to mention, press conferences always accompany major trades, and he’s not going to do one in Vegas.

On June 29, it was reported that the Florida Panthers were “internally getting ready for the return of Roberto Luongo.”

  1. pens919209 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    There should be a poker tournament among league GMs to see where Luongo will end up. Now that would be entertaining.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      …and every GM wanted to loose.

      • elvispocomo - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Loose what? Loosen their waistbands? Loose an arrow? Loosen the constraints of political dogma on society?

        Anyways, if the Pens aren’t afraid to interrupt Jordan Staal’s wedding with a trade, the Canucks wouldn’t be bothered by moving him in the middle of a poker tournament. The only factor is he’d required approval due to his NTC, but his agent might be able to handle most of those details without him.

      • Jason Brough - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Different scenarios. Staal was moved at the draft before Carolina’s first-round pick (which went to the Pens). It had to be done then. Less of a time constraint with Luongo.

  2. jrsaffell - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    They should just send him down to the minors until he demands a trade to ANYWHERE.

    The rest of the league needs to let the Nucks know that Luongo is not worth the asking price and that they can’t ask for the farm in a trade.

    • jdd428 - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Send him down, that would be hilarious. Vancouver’s AHL affiliate is Chicago!

  3. xavier46 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    The final table is in November, hence “November Nine”

    • kitshky - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Nope, because of the US Elections it’s being held on Oct 28th & Oct 30th for a Heads Up final.

      • xavier46 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        Thanks be to wikipedia.

      • kitshky - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        ..or my subscription to Bluff magazine.

      • xavier46 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:52 AM

        Well if that’s the case, I would expect you to know that it’s not a “Heads Up” final until it’s the final two.

        In which case, your statement should have read:
        “Nope, because of the US Elections, the final table is being held on Oct 28th & 30th.”

        Just sayin…

        Back to hockey talk

      • kitshky - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        sighh …. why do people start debates about subjects they know just enough about to be wrong?

        They’ve changed the format a lot this year, in particular how the Final table is being played. Oct 28th is the final 9 (traditionally the Nov 9) where they’ll play down to the last 2 … after that they’re going to resume on Oct 30th Heads Up for the Main Event bracelet.

        Ok ..back to hockey.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:36 PM


    Well too bad this bum could never do that when it came to the playoffs, eh ! Regardless, it’s only a matter of time now before this clown is back home in Florida. And as far as the Canucks getting “talent” in return ? Well you can now forget that completely. If anything, there are going to be “multiple” Canucks heading to Florida together with this gambling addict. Either that, or the Canucks are going to be forced into eating a massive chunk of his idiotic contract. Anyway, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, it again needs to be said that the Vancouver Canucks owe a “world of gratitude” to the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, for ending the “financial yoke” which this fool has had on their team !

    GO LUONGO GO !!!! … and don’t ever come back !

  5. buffbill99 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    If they can find someone to take his awful contract and give up talent they will pull the trigger. I don’t care if he was playing a poker tournament on the moon.

  6. sergeikremlin - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    The real reason he wants a trade: a group of fresh faces to rob on the airplane poker games.

    Best of luck to him, would be cool to see him get even deeper into the tournament. He’s certainly had a good poker face about the strombone1 saga.

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