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BBBSLI poker tournament at Social Sports Kitchen

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A hand of poker, which a New York judge has said relies more on skill than chance, thus overturning a Staten Island man's conviction for illegal gambling. Credit: iStock

Long Island features all sorts of nightclubs, music venues, restaurants, theaters and bars – but among the activities one might choose for evening fun, there’s no denying poker is always among the top options.

Whether it’s played at someone’s house, as part of a league, online or at a casino, the card game – in all its variations – is a major pastime both here on the Island and around the country, and for those who consider themselves especially skilled at the undertaking, an open challenge is often a tantalizing draw.

For any card sharks among us possibly looking for a special chance to show that they know best when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em should consider a special upcoming event and fundraiser set for the Social Sports Kitchen in Uniondale on Tuesday, Dec. 4: the “All-In” poker tournament.

Starting at 6 p.m., this competition will see participants strive to dominate, with the top 10 finishers eligible for prizes; the grand award is a trip for two to Las Vegas (up to $1,500 toward airfare and hotel). The fee to get involved is $100, which scores players free food, an open bar and entry into the card battle, with proceeds going to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) – the not-for-profit, 501 C3 tax-exempt organization that connects children in need with trained and screened volunteer mentors.

For registration, RSVPs and more information, head online to, or contact Mark Cox, chief development officer of the BBBSLI at 516-731-7880 (ext. 213).

Social Sports Kitchen: 1002 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale, 516-489-8080,

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