Online poker players Gary Suffir, 28, and Jackie Johnson, 27, who met in a $30 Omaha game at PartyPoker.com in September, 2004, and plan to marry this month in Las Vegas, have announced they are planning to start a family and intend to name their first child "Chip" - if it's a boy - in honor of their poker roots. According to PartyPoker.com, the couple's experience marks the first known occasion in history when two people fell in love while competing against one another at online poker.
Suffir, a New York attorney, and Johnson, a Las Vegas artist, began talking in a virtual chat at PartyPoker.com after Jackie witnessed a particularly bad beat Gary took on the river. After initially communicating via the buddy function on the website and being in consistent contact for months after that, Jackie moved to New York City from Las Vegas to live with Gary in March, 2005.
The couple plans to wed in a poker-themed ceremony at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on March 7 with poker ambassador Mike Sexton as a witness. Gary and Jackie's friends and family are taking part in a special online tournament before the ceremony, while plans for the wedding itself include a unique poker wedding cake and poker floral displays.
The couple couldn't be happier as they contemplate going all-in for life. "We're just so happy to have found each other and we can't wait to start a family," said Jackie.
"We thought that if the baby is a boy we could call it Mike after Mike Sexton but in honor of the way we met we'll call him Chip," added Gary. "If our baby is a girl we may call her Linda after Linda Johnson, the first lady of poker, but Queenie is a possibility."
Their honeymoon will be spent on the PartyPoker.com Million V Cruise around the Cayman Islands and Jamaica beginning on March 12. Together with nearly 450 other poker players, the couple will compete for a piece of the $5 million prize pool aboard the poker cruise.
"It is going to be great playing poker on our honeymoon," said Jackie, who credits Gary with her improved Omaha play. The couple actually considered having their honeymoon in Omaha, Nebraska, but the card-playing cruise stopping in Jamaica and Grand Cayman won the day.
PartyPoker.com spokesman Warren Lush said: "It is with great delight that we are hosting what we believe is the world's first online poker wedding. We hope that they'll have and to hold'em forever and ever."
Please see Couple Meets & Marries courtesy of PartyPoker.com for further details.