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Einhorn Makes It to Final Day of Poker World Series

Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 5:21 PM ET
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David Einhorn

"Down to 8. Game over...for tonight. 8.5 mm chips."

That was how Greenlight Capital co-founder David Einhorn announced over Twitter his place in the Final 8 competitors in the World Series of Poker.

The three day tournament concludes today (Tuesday), with play scheduled to begin at noon in Las Vegas.

Einhorn is currently in sixth place by chip count, which is actually just 8.37 million according to the official count of the World Series of Poker. Somewhere, Erin Callan, who was the chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers in 2008 when Einhorn accused the company of fudging its numbers, is probably quietly seething.

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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