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Mets’ new owner David Einhorn won $660,000 in World Series of Poker and donated it to charity

May 26, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Most people probably responded to this morning’s news of the Mets adding a minority owner by thinking of, say, the financial ramifications and impact on the team, but my first thoughts were “the name David Einhorn sounds familiar” and then “I think I’ve seen this guy on television playing poker.”

Sure enough, before investing $200 million in the Mets he was featured during ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker main event back in 2006, finishing 18th–in between well-known pros Jeff Lisandro and Prahlad Friedman–for a prize of $659,730.

And the reason he was a prominent storyline during ESPN’s coverage is that Einhorn pledged ahead of time to give all his winnings to charity, donating the money–which could have been as much as $12 million–to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

He was knocked out of the tournament–which was the biggest in poker history with 8,773 players ponying up $10,000 apiece–by eventual champion and card-catching king of the world, Jamie Gold.

Donating that kind of score is a good indication that Einhorn has pockets deep enough to help the Mets and an even better indication that he’s a pretty good guy. And a pretty good poker player too.

  1. phukyouk - May 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    and here i get no props for bringing it up earlier :-(

  2. Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Props, phuk.

    I wonder if he ever locked Einhorns with the late great Hal Kant, the grateful Dead’s lawyer, who won over a million smackeroonies playing poker, including some big hits in the World Series of Poker – often with members of the band sitting in the audience to cheer him on.

    • b7p19 - May 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM

      Finkle is Einhorn

      • phukyouk - May 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM

        Einhorn is Finkle…

      • rexryanisablowhard - May 26, 2011 at 3:58 PM

        former nickname “The Mule”

    • gogigantos - May 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      some dream of the life of a rock and roll star, a Cy Young winning major league pitcher, or even that of Jack McDowell who had both AND went to Stanford,, I always wanted to do it again as Hal Kant, if even for a day at the Frost,, or the Greek,,

  3. cur68 - May 26, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Laces OUT Dan. Laces out….

    • CJ - May 26, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      any relation to Mrs. Finkle?

      • cur68 - May 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        Evil Twin.

  4. jamie54 - May 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Damn, sucks to be him doesn’t it. Incredibly intelligent (we’ll see based on how this purchase goes), great poker player, super rich.

    • phukyouk - May 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      has a parent with Parkinson as well.. so maybe not so lucky..

  5. dgbk - May 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Lol @ the ace ventura comments

    As a new yorker glad to see this. Not a fan of the mets but they have become a mess after looking like a team on the rise a few seasons ago.

  6. rexryanisablowhard - May 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    He appears to be a very generous person, donating millions to various charities. At this point, I guess the Mets would be considered a charity case. Shouldn’t take too long for Fred to blow through $200M.

  7. Gordon - May 26, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    This guy is on a roll. He was quoted yesterday blasting Microsoft for continuing to employ Steve Ballmer as CEO (his firm owns 9 million shares of Microsoft).

    • Old Gator - May 26, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      Who can blame him? I only fault him for his charitability – the guy who oversaw the creation of Windows Vista shouldn’t just be fired; he should be taken out and shot.

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