Married couple Sam and Janice Marsh won separate packages to the PartyPoker.com Million V Cruise on the same day, it was announced last week. According to reports, Sam, 53, and Janice, 52, each won $13,500 prize packages to vacation on the luxurious poker cruise aboard Holland America's MS Westerdam. The cruise will take place from March 19-26 and will stop in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
The Columbus, Kansas, couple has been married for 34 years and raise cattle on their farm in the remote, rural region in the United States. Janice won her seat through PartyBingo.com after gaining free entry to a tournament on January 9 due to her position at the top of a leaderboard. Sam, in the meantime, qualified that same day for a $5 million poker tournament at PartyPoker.com, the world's largest Internet poker room.
According to Sam, a local attorney, "Janice got a call in the morning saying she'd won a place on the cruise and I said to her: 'I'm going to win a place, too.'" Later that night, Sam achieved his goal, and the Marsh's called their daughter and her husband in Arkansas to invite them on the Caribbean cruise.
"Nothing like this has ever happened to us before," said Janice. "I can't wait; it's unreal. We went on a cruise around the Caribbean in 1996, but otherwise we haven't ever been abroad and have never used our passports. My dream vacation was to take my family on a cruise."
PartyPoker.com spokesman Warren Lush said: "This is the first time a couple have both qualified for an event on the same day and we're very much looking forward to welcoming them aboard."
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