The (for now) Vancouver Canucks netminder had a strong showing at the event with his conservative playing style. Luongo finished 634th out of 6,598, earning $19,277, but almost lost most of his winnings on one hand as Poker Listings explains:
The Montreal-native survived an early scare when he was all-in with pocket sevens against an opponent's ace-queen.
If Luongo had busted on that hand he would have been eliminated just short of the money and gone home $10,000 lighter (although technically PlayNow.com paid his buy-in).
Instead Luongo successfully faded all his opponent's outs and scored a pivotal double-up to 185,000 chips.
After surviving a pressure-filled money bubble (the money began at 666 players remaining) Luongo made his final play by shoving with pocket fours. Bryan Vanrijsbergen called him down with pocket jacks and the board ran out dry to eliminate Luongo.
Luongo's brother, Fabio, still remains in the hunt having earned $28,530 so far.
Now that Luongo has fulfilled a dream, he can now go back to focusing on the 2012-13 season and continue to wonder if he'll be Cory Schneider's backup on Opening Night or whether it might just be the proactive Dan Ellis.
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