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A full house: Here’s your chance to play poker against Ira Glass

A show of hands: Jonathan Lee and Sophie Thall, volunteers at children’s literacy group 826NYC, prepare for Poker for Jokers.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

On this episode of “This American Life,” playing poker with Ira Glass.

A poker game at a children’s writing workshop is inviting gamblers to play for charity in a celebrity afternoon of cards with comedians David Cross and Michael Ian Black, actor Eric Bogosian, and radio host Ira Glass.

Glass came up with the idea of playing something other than Scrabble at the Brooklyn headquarters of the youth literacy group 826NYC.

“He mentioned that he liked to play poker and that it would be fun to raise money doing that,” said Scott Seeley, executive director.

And what better place to play a few hands of poker than at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., a place where kids can hone their writing chops.

“I often joke at the beginning of the tournament that the space is not usually filled with adults playing poker, that it’s usually filled with children playing poker,” said Seeley.

This is the fifth year the youth literacy organization 826NYC has staged this fundraiser, but this is the first time they have attracted such an extensive group of celebrities. Previous Poker With Jokers have raised between $10,000 and $20,000 for 826NYC.

Poker With Jokers at 826NYC [372 Fifth Ave. between Fifth and Sixth streets in Park Slope, (718) 499–9884, www.826nyc.org/poker]. Feb. 23, 1 pm, $50 minimum buy-in.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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