Valentines' Day: Even Couples Say "No" In New Everest Poker Survey

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Strange economic times call for strange Valentine's Day surveys, as European online poker giant Everest Poker took to the streets to see what players were up to this Saturday.

I would rather go out the night before or after to avoid being cramped into a packed restaurant with a restricted menu.

February 14th has long been the subject of divided opinion - much like Phil Collins - you either love it or hate it. As one of the busiest online poker nights of the year Everest Poker (http://www.everestpoker.com) decided to ask their players what they would be up to on the fateful night itself. There were 1,856 replies to their survey and from the replies 1,102 claimed to be single and 754 in a relationship.

For singletons it is a night to stay in to avoid the smooching couples and "smug marrieds", however, this year apparently is also likely to see couples boycott the increasingly, commercialized 'night for lovers'.

Whilst many have seen the day as a frivolous bit of fun even the most doe-eyed couples are seeing the day as a commercial rip-off where restaurants try to cram in double or even triple seatings and prepare special "valentines menus".

Ed Pownall, Everest Poker's European Press Officer, explains; "Every year February 14th is one of our busiest days for online poker and so we thought we'd try to find out why. It transpires that, in the past, many have booked into their favorite restaurant or, worse, booked a special venue to find that the normal menu has been replaced by a 'lover's special' or similar. To our customers, at least, this is viewed as nothing more than a simplified menu that can be cooked quickly to get couples through the revolving doors."

Of the 754 couples that replied only 218 claim they will be out on Saturday night and here are some of the best reasons sited;

Marc F, 24, from Toulon, said; "I would rather go out the night before or after to avoid being cramped into a packed restaurant with a restricted menu."

Johan D, 28, from Barnet, confirms; "Last year we were in and out within 45 minutes - hardly a fun, intimate night out!"

Of those actually going out the typical consensus is summed up by Marten, 41, from Stuttgart; "Like many men I am accused of not taking her out enough and so I feel pretty much obliged to do at least this one evening!"

For more information please call:

Ed Pownall, Everest Poker Press Office (London), on 0044 7825 064776

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