The DEF CON hacking conference is back in Las Vegas for its 30th year and we’re going all in on internet freedom. Security expert Tarah Wheeler will host EFF's first charity poker tournament at Bally's Poker Room on Friday, August 12. The event features emcee Jen Easterly and more special guests! This is an official DEF CON 30 contest, but all are welcome to participate in some friendly competition to support civil liberties and human rights online.

Take a break from hacking the Gibson to face off with your competition at the tables—and benefit EFF! Your buy-in is paired with a donation to support EFF’s mission to protect online privacy and free expression for all. Play for glory. Play for money. Play for the future of the web. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today.



Tournament Specs: $100 Bally’s tournament buy-in, with a donation of $250 or more to EFF to sign up. Rebuys are unlimited to level 6, with each having a suggested donation of $100 on site. Levels will be fifteen minutes, and the blinds go up at each level. Attendees must be 21+.

Pre-Tournament Clinic: Have you played some poker before but could use a refresher on rules, strategy, table behavior, and general Vegas slang at the poker table? Tarah will run a poker clinic from 11 am-11:45 am just before the tournament. Even if you know poker pretty well, come a bit early and help out. Just show up and donate anything to EFF. Make it over $50 and Tarah will teach you chip riffling, the three biggest tells, and how to stare blankly and intimidatingly through someone’s soul while they’re trying to decide if you’re bluffing.

Want One More Reason to Play?

How about two? If you can knock out Tarah, she will donate $500 to EFF in your name. And you will have an opportunity to go toe-to-toe with poker pro Mike Wheeler, a gentleman with a special connection to this tournament—watch below!

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