The International Freethought Film Festival takes place the first week of August, 2012, and they’ve come up with a really cool fundraising idea. They’re going to have a poker tournament featuring some freethought “celebrities” and I’m one of the folks invited to participate. So is JT Eberhard, who for reasons I must assume includes immense self-delusion, seems to think he can beat me at poker. I’m going to prove him wrong.
All of the money raised at this event will go to benefit the Foundation Beyond Belief. But here’s the thing: They aren’t paying our way there. A few months ago I would have just paid for it out of pocket, but I’m now semi-unemployed and don’t really know if I’ll be able to afford the cost of the trip come August. And JT isn’t exactly rolling in money either, so we’re asking our readers to help us pay the cost of the trip.
For a little added incentive, he and I have a side bet. When he gets knocked out before I do in the tournament, I get to make him walk around Skepticon later this year in a t-shirt that says “Ed is a poker god.” Theoretically, he could make me wear one that says the same thing about him, but since that isn’t gonna happen it really isn’t worth even talking about.Also participating will by Margaret Downey, Sean Faircloth, DJ Grothe and many others. It’s a moral imperative that I show them who the real poker pro is in the skeptical world. So if you could help out by making a donation below, I’d really appreciate it. If more than enough money is raised for the trip, any excess will be donated to the Foundation Beyond Belief directly.
JT badly needs to be put in his place. He may be young, good looking, charismatic and in possession of the voice of Pavarotti, but old age, skill and guile shall win out in the end. I was playing poker when he was still pooping his pants. The last time he did that, of course, was when I accepted his challenge. He’s going down like the Titanic.