Ovechkin to Try His Hand at Poker Against Pros, Celebs

With his stick useless to him until the fall, Washington Capitals wing Alex Ovechkin plans to show off his mechanics as a card sharp this month.

Ovechkin will be among the NHL stars participating in a charity poker tournament alongside celebrities, professional card players and winners of the PokerStars.net qualifying tournament, NHL.com reported.

The tournament will be played June 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the 2009 NHL awards celebration, at which Ovechkin, the reigning MVP, might also clean up. Winnings -- from the poker tournament, not the awards celebration -- go to charities designated by the participants.

The tournament begins with a no-limit Texas hold 'em shootout, with the winners from each table advancing for the opportunity to play for more than $150,000 in prizes. The NHL players in the tournament -- joining Ovechkin will be Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers), Jeremy Roenick (San Jose Sharks), Sheldon Souray (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Sullivan (Nashville Predators) and Kris Versteeg (Chicago Blackhawks) -- each gets $2,000 for charity.

Also slated to bluff are NHL legends Pat LaFontaine, Cam Neely and Luc Robitaille and poker pros Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer and Vanessa Rousso.

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