House Of Cards

Leave it to Warm Cookies of the Revolution to come up with a highly entertaining way to illustrate political machinations. High Stakes: Poker and Politics is “a Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament — but we’re changing a few rules,” says co-organizer Evan Weissman. “One is the initial amount of chips that you get; that will depend on the amount of the donation you give at the door. You get more chips as you give more, accordingly — and that has a huge effect on the game, as people will see.

“The second change is, we’re doing a thing where — again, through a suggested donation — you can buy an extra card chip. And basically, at any point, if you buy one of those, you can hand that to the dealer, and the dealer will give you a third card. It’s not necessarily getting exactly what you want, but the chances of what you want happening will go up. Anyone can play any of these chips,” he concludes. “If you know nothing about poker, you can buy chips and give them to whoever you want, or buy the extra card chip and give that to anyone you want, which shows how spectators can influence the game.”

Clean Slate Now, Common Cause and Move to Amend will be on hand to offer additional information on how the political game is played; professional dealers will be at each table, and there will be prizes for the highest rollers. High Stakes starts at 6 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue; go to for information and to RSVP.
Tue., July 8, 6-8:30 p.m., 2014

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