Trish Regan of Bloomberg Television will host a $50k buy-in single table poker tournament called “Poker Night on Wall Street” on October 23, at 9:00 p.m. ET. The event will be held at Borgata Casino at Atlantic City in New Jersey. As many as six prominent personalities of Wall Street will be taking part in this tournament, and the profits will be diverted to charitable organizations.
Among those expected to take part are David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, Mario Gabelli of Gabelli Asset Management, Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates, Steve Kuhn of Pine River Capital Management, John Rogers of Ariel Investments, and Bill Perkins of Skylar Capital Management.
Bloomberg Television offers 24/7 coverage of companies, individuals, and ideas that influence the markets. Bloomberg hopes that the Wall Street entrepreneurs will reveal their investment secrets through Poker Night on Wall Street.
Einhorn and Perkins are the most noted entrepreneurs among the players. Perkins, an entrepreneur hailing from Houston, launched Small Ventures, which deals with entertainment, technology, and energy. He is also a hedge fund manager at Skylar Capital Management. An amateur poker player, Perkins has won more than $2.4 million playing poker tournaments. Besides, he finished third in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013 $111,111 One Drop High Roller tournament and won a cash prize of $1,965,163.
Perkins stated during an exclusive interview with PokerNews: “I was contacted by Bloomberg that they would like to have me on the show with double hedge fund traders and businessmen that they’re going to have in Atlantic City.” Regarding the event, he said: “I think it will be exciting. There’s always the magic of TV editing that brings some excitement into every game. Also, those who are familiar with who the players are get to see them in an environment where they’re battling against each other, and I think that will be exciting.”
Einhorn is the billionaire entrepreneur who founded Greenlight Capital. He is also a great poker player. In 2012, he became the finalist of the $1 Million Big One for One Drop Tournament. He finished in the third position and collected a prize of $4.3 million, which he donated to the City Year Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on education. Einhorn also finished 18th in the WSOP 2006 Main Event and donated the $659,999 he had won to Michael J. Fox Foundation.
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