SINGLES will be able to test their luck in more ways than one at a “mingle if you’re single” poker night in Orange on Saturday.
Event organiser Matt Lindsay said the night was designed to make looking for a romantic partner fun, and he should know having met his wife Kate at a poker game.
“She was playing a private game with some friends on a Friday night and that’s how we met ... we ended up kissing near the barbecue.”
Mr Lindsay said the social atmosphere associated with playing poker made it the perfect way to meet your match.
“When you’re playing poker you’re distracted so you don’t have to worry about having awkward conversations ... it’s a way to break the ice,” Mr Lindsay said.
“This is not speed dating.”
Mr Lindsay said he’d run similar dating events in other cities and had attracted participants aged from “18 to 80- plus”.
“People like the social aspect of it, they know they’re there to have a laugh,” he said.
Mr Lindsay said guests would be greeted with a drink to help break the ice and asked to wear a name badge.
Singles will then start playing poker at a table with a mixture of men and women.
Apart from poker they will also be able to win a range of prizes with the event being used as a fundraiser for the charity Save Our Sons.
“We are working with them to help raise $1 million to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” Mr Lindsay said.
The poker night, organised by the Full House Group, will be held in the Tobruk Room of the Orange Ex-Services’ Club from 7pm on Saturday night.