Hedge Funds

Celebrity poker for Tavakoli

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For Eagle Rock Capital Management investment chief Nader Tavakoli, a good night out is to play poker with friends. But when he's not making a poker face with fellow hedge fund managers uptown, he's dealing cards with a celebrity crowd down in Manhattan's SoHo district with his good friend Whoopi Goldberg. Her regular games often attract A-list names like Alec Baldwin and other Hollywood glitterati. Tavakoli, after recently attending a Friars Club roast of real-estate magnate-turned-TV star Donald Trump, says he sometimes prefers playing poker with Whoopi and company rather than fellow hedge fund managers because the celebs