The legendary Ed Asner (the most decorated actor in the history of the Primetime Emmy® awards) presents the 9th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Celebrity Poker Night, where poker aficionados and fans alike are invited to participate in a live online tournament featuring their favorite celebrities as opponents. Featuring an appearance by reigning champion Clancy Brown, a silent auction, a special musical performance by Aimee Mann, possible appearances by past celebrity players including Jack Black, Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle and Rosie O’Donnell, and all of the excitement will be streamed live across social media!

This year’s 300-seat event will use a brand-new digital platform, Poker 501, allowing professional poker hosts Phil Gordon (Bravo’s “Celebrity Poker Showdown”, ESPN’s Poker Analyst), Maria Ho (2018 Women in Poker HALL OF FAME Inductee, NBC Sports’ “Super High Roller Bowl”), and Nick Geber (Lead Announcer for the 39th-41st Annual World Series of Poker) to check in on tables throughout the livestream event. The cutting-edge virtual poker rooms give players like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog the ability to see, bluff, and heckle their table mates during every hand. Additional celebrities anteing up for the cause include Michael Shannon, Jake Tapper, Ron Funches, Lou Diamond Phillips, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Daryl Hannah, Danny Bonaduce, Greg Proops, Haley Joel Osment, Mary Trump, Richard Kind, Natasha Henstridge, Jill Whelan, Willie Garson, Michael Ian Black, Mira Sorvino, Dave Foley, Matthew Modine, Michael McKean, Nicholas Gonzalez, Tom Arnold, Diedrich Bader, and more.

“We’re very excited about this year’s Poker Night, because the virtual platform is brand new and really amazing,” says Matt Asner, Co-Founder, The Ed Asner Family Center. “It’s cutting edge and allows our players to see and talk to one another in real time at their tables. This virtual poker night will be truly groundbreaking and the closest you’ll get to in-person, live table action. It’s light years ahead of the video game vibe we had last year. I can’t wait to see who has the best poker face!”

This is an EXCLUSIVE opportunity, so reserve your (virtual) seat at a celebrity’s table today!

A $250 donation secures your buy-in, with all proceeds going to charity, and to sweeten the pot, you can pre-buy your rebuy at a discounted rate during the Early Bird Special between now and May 15th. For more information, visit

Can’t participate in the event, but still want to help? Simply text “POKER” to 707070 to donate and be sure to check out the live stream on social media.

This year’s virtual event benefits The Ed Asner Family Center (TEAFC), an all-encompassing resource dedicated to helping ‘differently-abled’ individuals (and their families) with Autism, developmental delays, and all types of special needs. The Ed Asner Family Center is a nonprofit, co-founded by Navah Paskowitz-Asner and Matthew Asner, whose mission is to be a one-stop shop for those with special needs and their families seeking wholeness in all attitudes of life. Catering not only to the individual but to the whole family, the Center acts as an oasis of balance and thought, of interaction and education. Additionally, the Center offers mental health services and arts and career advancement classes like cooking classes, yoga, acting, improv and more! These classes set out to help promote self confidence and balance.

“We can’t thank our donors enough for participating in this exciting fundraiser. Donations are the lifeblood of the center and directly fund our cutting edge initiatives,” affirms Navah Asner, Co-Founder, The Ed Asner Family Center. “Our innovative programs like Camp Ed, an expressive arts camp with a steady 75-80% scholarship rate and The Dating Spectrum, a relationship program for Autistic adults and young adults, are all possible because of our donors. From our wide-ranging arts programs to counseling and support groups, these initiatives that assist the community have been and will remain to be vital for our families during these difficult times.”

Ante up and join the tables June 12, 2021 at 5:00pm PT!




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