Canucks Luongo catching heat for endorsing online poker site

Poker Is FUN!

New commercial for BC Lottery Corporation sparks controversy

Just in case Roberto Luongo isn’t catching enough heat for all the goals he’s letting in – let’s get mad at him for playing poker, too.


Okay it’s true, the third period of last night’s game against the New York Rangers was extremely hard to watch.

Luongo couldn’t make a save, while Henrik Lundqvist impressively blocked every one of the 39 shots on net throughout.

With Vancouver dominating the puck for two thirds of the game, an end result of 4-0 New York was disappointing, and once again Luongo takes the blame.

B.C. Lottery Corporation has partnered with Roberto Luongo

Everyone in Vancouver is still sour about the Stanley Cup final – granted. But even though taking it out on Luo is easy (and accurate), why is everyone getting mad about his interests off the ice?

The B.C. Lottery Corporation has partnered with Roberto to promote their legal online poker games, giving anyone with an account on the website a chance to play against the Vancouver goalie. Luongo is excited about the partnership, and happy to get more integrated in one of his hobbies away from his NHL career.

Meanwhile psychologists are bashing the deal, saying Luongo is participating in something that’s “potentially dangerous”, particularly for young admirers, comparing his endorsement of a regulated poker site to telling kids they should smoke.


Give the guy a break! He’s long been known to play poker as a hobby, participating in the Canucks for Kids Fund Dice and Ice charity tournament, as well as NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams Fund. is a government regulated website, and they’ve even announced that they’ll be hosting the Roberto Luongo Charity Poker Classic, which is expected to raise over $30,000 for the Canucks for Kids charity.

Let’s try to keep the criticisms related to hockey.

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