Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Einhorn plays 100% for Charity

LAS VEGAS -- Former Hollywood talent agent Jamie Gold kept his lead yesterday at the World Series of Poker, wiping out two players in the space of an hour and amassing a chip stack almost twice the size of his nearest competitor's.

Gold, a 36-year-old Malibu, Calif., resident, nearly doubled his stack to 13 million in chips by the end of play. In second was Erik Friberg, a 23-year-old online poker pro from Sweden, with 7.7 million.

David Einhorn, a 37-year-old hedge fund manager from New York leaped into third with 6.9 million after winning a massive three-way all-in pot.

"I'm playing for charity," Einhorn said, as players' jaws dropped around him. "The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Anything I win goes to that. My grandfather had Parkinson's.

"I'm on the board of the charity, and Michael said if I make it to the final table, he'll fly out."


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