Last night was Bill Ackman and Whitney Tilson’s big poker tournament to benefit their charity, REACH, which gives inner-city high school students academic support and scholarships for passing AP exams. Some of the kids were there to tell their stories, which was adorable, and the event raised money for a great cause, which is nice. Humanity and whatnot. But enough about that. Who won big (prizes — and would’ve taken home cash were the evening not about the children)?
Alas, it was not David Einhorn’s night, which he should (and may have already) blamed on the fact that he was not wearing his lucky sweatshirt). It wasn’t Mrs. Einhorn’s night either (the misses played at the Greenlight Capital table, apparently has some formidable skills, and may or may not have taught her husband everything he knows about cards and gold). Luck was not on the side of Tilson or Ackman, though those would’ve certainly been amusing acceptance speeches. Repping for the Lederer family was Howard and Annie Duke’s sister, Katy, who also went home empty-handed, as did Duke’s boy-toy, Joe Reitman, along with 2002 WSOP main event winner Rob Varkonyi. I’m running out of names I can recall here and am sure you are on interest so let’s cut to the chase: the winner, beating out 200 participants, was Mudrick Capital founder and noted H.P.O.A Jason Mudrick!