It may be illegal to profit from playing poker in New York, but what if a bunch of sweet-faced kids are the ones to benefit from your throwing money to the wind? Tonight, in a seedy backroom in Dumbo (OK, its actually a beautiful loft), sign up for Poker With Jokers, a fundraiser for 826NYC, the writing program for children founded by McSweeneys editor Dave Eggers. In this Texas Hold Em tournament, take on actor-comedian Michael Ian Black, This American Life host Ira Glass, the Daily Shows resident expert John Hodgman, andgulppoker pro Andy Bloch to win great prizes. If you should go bust in the first hour, you can repurchase your buy-in for $250. After all, youll want to stay in the game for the chance to win the grand prize: a $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker 2011 in Las Vegas.
Thu., Feb. 17, 7 p.m., 2011