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One of the difficulties in calculating the capacity of certain Poisson channels is that H(Â¿), the entropy of the Poisson distribution with mean Â¿, is not available in a simple form. In this paper, we derive upper and lower bounds for H(Â¿) that are asymptotically tight and easy to compute. The derivation of such bounds involves only simple probabilistic and analytic tools. This complements the asymptotic expansions of Knessl (1998), Jacquet and Szpankowski (1999), and Flajolet (1999). The same method yields tight bounds on the relative entropy D(n, p) between a binomial and a Poisson, thus refining the work of HarremoeÂ¿s and Ruzankin (2004). Bounds on the entropy of the binomial also follow easily.