The chip leader is currently Antonio Esfandiari, a 33-year old professional poker player with 39.9 million in chips. Twenty-nine year old Sam Trickett, a British poker professional, follows with 37 million.
The tournament cost each of the 48 participants $1 million to play. The winner will take home $18.3 million, the highest prize ever for a no-limit Texas Hold'em world championship. Each of the remaining eight players will take home at least $1.2 million.
Einhorn, who came in 18th place in 2006's World Series of Poker championship, has said in the past that he actually prefers bridge to poker. He says he'll donate all his winnings to the charity City Year.
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