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In this day and age, the odds of couples who fall in love and hope to remain in wedded bliss “til death do us part” are actually no better than a coin flip.

It’s a troubling societal trend and one that folks from all walks of life must consider before walking down the aisle. That includes poker players and their significant others.

The latest marital coin flip in the poker community that landed on the wrong side involves the marriage of Prahlad Friedman and his wife of seven years, Dee Luong. Both renowned poker pros, the couple’s “irreconcilable differences” managed to make headlines outside of poker media outlets when TMZ picked up the story.

The gossip-lusting news team at TMZ that focuses on celebrity affairs were apparently intrigued by the couple’s assets, which include an estate in Malibu, California listed as 4,200 square feet in size. With outstanding views of all the Golden State has to offer, the Malibu manse will likely be a focal point of the divorce proceedings.

Friedman made millions both online and live and has been cashing at live tournaments in Nevada and California since 2002. His biggest score was a World Poker Tour championship in Los Angeles in 2009 that earned slightly more than $1 million.

Luong has lifetime career earnings over $90,000 that include a third place finish in Limit Hold’em at the WSOP in Las Vegas in 2003 good for $30,000, the Hendon Mob database reports. She also managed fourth place in a Poker After Dark appearance on NBC six years ago.

While goings-on in the world of poker don’t often find their way to media not associated with poker unless a WSOP winner is declared or an event like Black Friday occurs, divorces of a high-stakes nature do tend to draw considerable interest. That was also evident when Phil Ivey and his wife Luciaetta parted ways a few years ago and further legal proceedings regarding support payments were reported on by media outside of the poker community.

While most poker players enjoy the spotlight and attention thrust upon them for excelling in tournament or cash game action, a large majority would likely prefer that their personal lives remain private. As marriage continuity remains a 50-50 proposition throughout society, poker players would surely rather that such coin flip possibilities remain on the poker table.



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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.