Bill Perkins, founder and chief investment officer of energy
hedge fund Skylar Capital Management, took down Greenlight
Capital founder David Einhorn at the "One Drop High Rollers
No-Limit Hold 'em" poker tournament in Las Vegas, according to
a recap at
Perkins' pocket aces bested Einhorn's ace-jack midway
through the second day of play.
Excitement overtook the Texas-based Perkins when he realized
he had Einhorn on the ropes. Perkins screamed out "Leeeroy
Jeeenkins!" a reference to a viral
video of players planning an attack in fantasy video game
World of Warcraft that is upended by one player, Leeroy
Jenkins, who runs screaming into battle.
The official recap also noted that Perkins "jubilantly
celebrated" after taking down poker pro Tobias Reinkemeier.
Before the start of today's play, Perkins was number seven
of 26 competitors remaining, virtually guaranteeing he will end
up "in the money," in poker parlance. The top 24 players will
take home at least their $111,111 investment, with prizes
rising progressively to a top payday of $4.8 million.
Skylar, which started in October, managed $105 million as of
the start of the year, according to the latest
Absolute Return new funds survey. Perkins was formerly a
founding trader at billionaire John Arnold's Houston hedge fund
firm Centaurus Advisors, which closed in 2012 when Arnold
retired following a phenomenal 10-year run.
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