Atheist poker for charity

Bumping this up! Remember any donations above the cost of my plane ticket go to Foundation Beyond Belief.  :)

I come from a whole family of card players.  Poker is commonly played when I visit my childhood home.  So when I got the invite to be a “celebrity” player (how do you say that without sounding pretentious as hell?) for Poker in the Church, I couldn’t hardly turn it down.

Poker in the Church is a fundraiser at the International Freethought Film Festival to benefit Foundation Beyond Belief.  It will take place in a nightclub called The Church.

Atheists willing to contribute to the cause will be able to play in the tournament where, seated at each table, will be a popular atheist such as myself, JREF president D.J. Grothe, FtB founder Ed Brayton, and others.  Which brings me to my next point…


I must defeat Ed Brayton.


The man may be the best atheist poker player in the world and he’s been talking all kinds of good shit to me in emails.  I must bring him down and laugh at his tears.  Some of my co-workers will be featured as well.  My boss, Lyz Liddell will play, as will SSA communications director Jesse Galef.

Here’s the deal though: because they want as much of the raised funds as possible to go to Foundation Beyond Belief, they’re asking even the celebrity players to get to Denver on their own dime.  For those of us with out-of-state girlfriends, this is problematic.  And so I turn to you, dear readers.  It looks like it will take about $400 to get me to Denver in August.  Whatever I raise above the cost of a plane ticket I will donate in the good name of WWJTD readers to FBB at the event.

And if you’re going to attend the festival or if you live in the area, consider playing.  You can get a spectator pass for $75 and entry to the game for $250.  All proceeds go to Foundation Beyond Belief.  I will show no mercy though.  :)

Oh, it’s on.  Ed has thrown down the gauntlet.  We also have a side bet.  Victory for me not only means I get to revel in his shameful tears, but he also must attend Skepticon V wearing a shirt reading “JT is a poker god”.  This only sweetens the pot for me.

Ed is going down like Ted Haggard on meth.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • mattsmith

    Ed is going down like Ted Haggard on meth.

    Not the image I was looking for this afternoon.

    No offense to Ed.

  • Brianne

    Ed is going down like Ted Haggard on meth.

    Yeah. This is me cleaning soda out of my keyboard. Thanks, JT.

  • sinned34

    I mentioned it in Ed’s post, but I figure I should also comment here that the poker competition between you and Ed must be followed up with a karaoke competition, with both of you singing Lady Gaga’s execrable “Poker Face”. A video must then be uploaded to YouTube so the rest of us can find ourselves amused by it.

    Without this additional humiliation, I don’t think I can be persuaded to donate to something as boring as a poker game. But I’m sure you can work something out with Ed to make my request become reality!

    • Aliasalpha

      Forget a karaoke competition, the karaoke should be the focus of the side bet. The winner gets to pick the song the loser has to sing

      • sinned34

        No, it’s a karaoke competition, in which the winner of the poker game doesn’t have to dress up in a recreation of a Lady Gaga outfit. If both Ed and JT lose, they have to both wear a meat dress.

        Oh, and I won’t be joining in on the BBQ afterwards. (Eww!)

  • Ed Brayton

    You know, I thought about making a “going down” reference that wouldn’t be called sexist and I failed. You succeeded perfectly. I still have to crush you like a guy, of course, but that’s a good line.

  • Aquaria

    Going down like Ted Haggard on meth is so becoming a new meme, if I have anything to say about it.

    That is awesome.

  • Eliott

    I don’t even get honorable mention from a “worried” perspective…hmmm

  • Momo Elektra

    Dollar is cheap this days…
    Good luck and good cards.

  • Momo Elektra

    Gosh baptise me…
    “these” I meant