PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, launched its Summer of Laughs promotion this week, giving Canadian customers the opportunity to play poker and then treat their funny bone to a workout.  Through a series of freerolls and FPP qualifiers, players will have the chance to win a prize package to the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Quebec.
There are two ways for players to earn a seat in the Summer of Laughs Final Tournament.  The first is through the daily Summer of Laughs freerolls, held each day through June 6th at 8:00pm ET.  The top nine finishers in each freeroll will advance to the Final.  For reference, in the first freeroll held on Wednesday, 267 players competed for the nine seats; the tournament lasted about an hour and a half.
The second route to the Final is through weekly Summer of Laughs FPP qualifiers.  These cost just 10 FPPs to enter and will be held every Sunday at 8:00pm ET through July 4th.  The top 45 finishers will move on the Final.
As for that Summer of Laughs Final Tournament, it will take place on Wednesday, July 7th at 7:00pm ET.  The winner will receive the Just for Laughs prize package which includes tickets to festival shows, hotel accommodation in Montreal, and cash for expenses (such as travel).  There will also be an additional $500 added to the prize pool.
PokerStars is also giving Canadian customers who put at least ten dollars into their account from June 23rd through July 7th, whether it is their first deposit or a reload, a free ticket to the Final.  First-time depositors must use the bonus code “RIRES” and reloaders must use the bonus code “FESTIVAL” to qualify for the ticket.
Just for Laughs, founded in 1983, is the largest comedy festival in the world.  It will run July 2nd through July 25th at various venues throughout Montreal.  Ticket packages run from $20 to $109, depending on which specific shows are included, as well as how many.
This year, as is the case every year at the renowned comedy festival, some of world’s top comedians will perform.  The 2010 lineup includes such great names as Steve Martin, Cheech & Chong, Lewis Black, Tom Green, writer/director/actor Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy), JB Smoove (best known as Leon Black on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm), Aziz Ansari of “Parks and Recreation,” Chris Titus, Dom Irrerra, Harland Williams, John Leguizamo, Patrice O’Neal, Bob Odenkirk, and Jeffrey Ross.
Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Jeremy Piven, Jon Stewart, John Cleese, Jerry Springer, Rowan Atkinson, Dame Edna, and Jeff Foxworthy have also performed at Just for Laughs in past years.
It is not just famous comedians that perform at Just for Laughs, though.  Getting up on stage at the festival is can be the opportunity of a lifetime for undiscovered acts, as talent agents, producers, and managers from the entertainment industry show up en masse to seek out the next big star.
While the Montreal festival is the granddaddy of them all, Just for Laughs launched a Toronto festival in 2007 and a Chicago festival in 2009.

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