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Lost Poker Bet Results in Absurd Name Change

While people sometimes legally change their names for a variety of reasons that may include marriage or religion, it isn’t often that losing a poker bet is one of them.

But a man in New Zealand apparently was forced to do so after suffering a lost bet on the poker table. He also had the misfortune of having to accept the name bestowed on him by his undoubtedly drunken poker buddies, The Telegraph reported.

Adhering to a limit of 100 characters, the poker-playing troop decided that their 22-year-old friend would best be identified as “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova.” Apparently, the marriages and deaths division of the Department of Internal Affairs accepted the name after receiving the required fee of NZ$127 (£64).

A policy that name change requests do not include symbols or numbers, undeserved titles or rankings, excessively long names, or offensive language, was seemingly met by the new name given to the lousy poker-playing New Zealander. It came in just under the limit of 100 characters.

The man (Mr. Frostnova) learned of his new moniker after his passport expired. He must now make the change on other official documentation such as his drivers license. Should he pay the £64 in order to legally change his name again, Frostnova would be well-advised to steer clear of Knight, King, Justice and Mafia No Fear, as those names have already been rejected.

Likewise for “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.” A New Zealand Family Court judge required that a girl given that name by her parents in 2008 be allowed to change it.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.