Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/19/11

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 03: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks warms up before playing against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 3, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Considering his NHL career, Roberto Luongo seems like a natural card-player. He usually wears a deceptive poker face through harsh times. He leaves the gambling to other goalies. And when the chips are down, he's been known to cash out — like those three games in Boston during the Stanley Cup Final. Turns out Luongo does fancy himself a poker player, having played in the NHL Awards poker tournament two years ago. Seizing on this, the B.C. Lottery Corporation partnered with the Vancouver Canucks goaltender this season to promote their PlayNow.com legal online poker games — including the chance to play Luongo at the virtual card table when he's online. But where Roberto Luongo goes, criticism of some sort inevitably follows — sometimes even from his own fans. In this case, it's not giving up goal-line scores or losing in the clutch — it's "endorsing something that is potentially dangerous," according a psychological counselor who trashed the B.C. Lottery campaign and Luongo's involv...
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