Rugby players may look big and imposing -- after all, they take football-style hits without the pads -- but underneath, a lot of them are pretty nice guys. (Hang out at Solly's long enough and you'll get to meet a bunch.) Here's exhibit A: Every year, the Washington Irish Rugby team hosts a casino night and gives a portion of the proceeds to charity. From 7 to midnight at the Katzen Arts Center, you can play blackjack, roulette and craps to win fake cash, which can then be traded in for raffle tickets. (Prizes include vacations, a flat-screen TV, gift cards for local restaurants and classy bottles of booze.) There's an open bar, of course, free food and live Irish music. This year's beneficiaries are the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund and So Others Might Eat. Tickets are $65 in advance from washingtonirishrfc.org or $70 at the door.
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