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Hartnell bests Loungo in NHL poker tournament
Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers shut out fellow NHL players and Team PokerStars Pros to win the inaugural PokerStars.net Charity Shootout at the Rio yesterday.
Supplementing the NHL Awards happening today at the Palms Resort and Casino, the NHL and PokerStars.net teamed up to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of Las Vegas and the NHLPA's Goals & Dreams fund.
After the preliminary heats were over, and the final table had played down to two, it was Hartnell going one on one with Vancouver Canucks captain Roberto Luongo.
While Luongo was clearly the more experienced player Hartnell caught a few breaks and managed to score the winning shot on the Canadian goalie.
"I was lucky to get to the final two and I was lucky against Luongo there to win," admitted Hartnell after the win.
A rookie when it comes to tournament poker, Hartnell got back to basics in this televised charity event.
"I just try to make all the right decisions and bear down, just like I do on the ice."
Luongo, on the other hand, is an old hand when it comes to poker.
"I love poker. It's become a passion of mine," said the goalie. "If I had more time on my hands I'd be at the World Series of Poker every year."
As one of the most sought after goalies in professional hockey, it's unlikely Luongo will have much free time for poker in the near future.
"For now it's going to be a hobby but when I retire you'll see a lot more of me at poker tournaments."