, Lavalife join forces has teamed up with Internet match-making site Lavalife for a free, 11 week No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament series, it was announced recently. Following the coupling of players Gary Suffir, 28, and Jackie Johnson, 27, launched this new initiative in conjunction with Lavalife in the hopes of assisting single players find love through Internet poker.

Marketed with the catchphrase "Play on Thursday. Have a date on Saturday," the online series will begin with the first weekly qualifier on Thursday, March 23, at 9:30 p.m. and will run each Thursday at the same time for 11 weeks. At each tournament, players will compete for cash prizes and chat with potential dates.

Players who finish in the top 20 will be invited to participate in a final to be held on June 9, where 220 players will compete for $25,000 worth of prizes, including an all-expenses paid vacation for two to the Club Med Turkoise in the Turks & Cacios Islands, a 50-inch plasma T.V. screen, an X-BOX 360, iPODs, and gift certificates to leading online vendors.

"We have already experienced plenty of interest in this with hundreds of players signing up for the tournament well before the first qualifier," said Warren Lush, a spokesperson.

"It is not necessary that a participant must be single although the idea is targeted at singles. Whoever wins they will receive a vacation for two to take whoever they want."

Players can enter multiple qualifiers but will only receive one entry into the final tournament in June. Everyone who qualifies for the final tournament will win a prize.

Please see or Lavalife for details on the Lavalife Poker Challenge.

For information regarding the union of Gary Suffir and Jackie Johnson, please see Couple Announces Pregnancy, Plan Marriage.

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