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Rye's David Einhorn Finishes 3rd In Charity Poker Tourney, Wins $4.3M

He's donating winnings to City Year.

Fund manager David Einhorn of Rye scored big Tuesday for charity.

He finished third in the Big One For One Drop poker tournament in the World Series of Poker, winning $4.3M for the charity City Year, an organization pushing to keep kids in school and on track to graduation.

The co-founder of Greenlight Capital made it to the final eight in the No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament in Las Vegas. Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari, a former magician, was the winner in the event, capturing $18.3M – billed by the tournament as the richest prize in poker history.

Einhorn is no stranger to high-stakes poker. He came in 18th in the 2006 Main Event Championship. Back then, he donated his $600,000 prize to the Micheal J. Fox Foundation. In additoin to being Greenlight's board chairman, he serves on the boards of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the Robin Hood Foundation. 

The Big One for One Drop featured 48 millionaires and required a $1M buy-in, playing over three days. The event guaranteed players a return of at least $1.2M each.

One Drop fights poverty worldwide by supporting access to drinking water.

To win the tournament, the 33-year-old Esfandiari of the United States beat 25-year-old British professional Sam Trickett. Trickett bet all his chips and lost on the final hand.

The finish line:

1st:  Antonio Esfandiari - $18,346,673

2nd:  Sam Trickett - $10,112,001

3rd:  David Einhorn- $4,352,000

4th:  Phil Hellmuth - $2,645,333 

5th:  Guy Laliberte - $1,834,666

6th:  Brian Rast - $1,621,333

7th:  Bobby Baldwin - $1,408,000

8th:  Richard Yong - $1,237,333 

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