New York Islanders tough guy Matt Martin uses poker to help the kids. His charity poker event was a smashing success on Long Island.

Mike Vivalo

Check, check, check—New York Islanders tough guy Matt Martin is a great checker on the ice and an ice-cold checker at the poker table.

On Sept. 5, the Matt Martin Foundation hosted its fifth annual charity poker night to benefit the NYPD Widows & Orphans Fund, the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis Research, the Islanders Children’s Foundation, ACDS School for Children with Autism and Downe Syndrome and Defending The Blue Line.

Many of Martin’s teammates sat down to play in the massive poker tournament that saw early exits from winger Ross Johnston and some epic bad beats.

The highlight of the night was the host himself slow playing an ace-high flush, going all-in and then pretending to lose before showing his filthy hand.

The entire hand was captured with beautiful color commentary from yours truly. Good time Matt Marts, good times.

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