Friday June 28,2013 : FINANCIAL GIANTS CLASH IN WORLD SERIES OF POKER CHARITY MATCH
Perkins ousts Einhorn as field shrinks to 26 in two days of big money action
There are highly successful and wealthy businessmen along with big-name professional poker players in the 166 entrants for event 47 – the $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller charity tournament, and this week two of them clashed in a railbird thriller.
Bill Perkins (44), the founder of Skylar Capital Management LP, played a pair of aces to eliminate hedge-fund manager all-in David Einhorn and secure the seventh spot in the list of 26 players still standing after two days of NLHE action at the Rio, in an event that will probably conclude by the weekend.
The players all have their eyes on a main prize of $4.8 million from the record prize pool of $17.8 million, although 24 finishers will cash for at least $173,723.
When InfoPowa went to press Friday Martin Jacobson, a 25-year-old poker professional from Stockholm, held the chip lead on 3.255 million chips, followed by poker pro Connor Drinan, who has 3.25 million. Perkins has 2.75 million.
Other players from the world of finance still alive are Richard Fullerton, president of RBF Capital LLC of Greenbrae, California, who is 14th with 1.7 million chips; Lawrence Greenberg, general partner of Boston-based Alydar Capital LLC, who is 16th with almost 1.6 million; and Dan Shak, founder of Las Vegas-based SHK Asset Management, who is 24th with 1 million.
Antonio Esfandiari, a poker pro who won the $18.3 million top prize last year when the charity event included a $1 million buy-in, is fifth with just under 3 million chips.