Thursday, July 21, 2011

Invite to the REACH poker tournament on July 25th; chairtyBUZZ aution

We're also auctioning off some fabulous prizes at charityBUZZ (, and every dollar raised will go to benefit REACH:


                     A John Legend Experience.  You get to meet him (I have – he's a GREAT guy!) and sit in VIP seats at one of his concerts of your choice

                     Five days at my parents' fabulous beach home in Lamu, Kenya (the perfect break from safaris)

                     A package for value investors, including a ticket to the next Value Investing Congress in NYC on Oct. 17-18 (value: $2,995), a one-year subscription to Value Investor Insight ($349), and (purely optional!) lunch with me

                     Speaking of legends: lunch with author and investing legend Joel Greenblatt

                     An exclusive tour of the NYMEX trading floor in NYC

                     A 3-night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver


If you're in NYC a week from Monday, July 25th, I hope you'll join me at the second annual Take 'Em to School World Poker Tour poker tournament to benefit the Rewarding Achievement (REACH) program that Bill Ackman and I co-founded a few years ago.  REACH ( gives thousands of NYC inner-city high school students academic support and scholarships for passing AP exams. 


David Einhorn, Jason Mudrick (last year's winner), John Sabat, Mike Sabat, Sean Dobson and Roger Taylor at Amherst Securities, Jacques Garibaldi, Jonathan Gray, and of course Bill and I (among others) have all purchased tables.  Prizes for the winners who make the final table of the tournament include a main event seat at the World Series of Poker, lunch with Seth Klarman, five nights at a world-class private beach home in Lamu, Kenya, three nights at a penthouse in St. Maarten, and golf and auto racing packages.


Below is the invite.  Seats for poker players are $1,000; it's $200 if you just want to come to the cocktail reception and support the program. 


You can register at:


I hope to see you there!


PS—Below is an article by Bess Levin of Dealbreaker about last year's event.

To bid on any of these items (and support a great cause and get a tax deduction), go to:  The auctions end on Aug. 3rd.


Play David Einhorn In Poker And Then Make Him Take You To Lunch


By Bess Levin

03 Aug 2010 at 12:30 PM


[Note that this article is from last year's tournament, so the dates, location, and certain other information has changed – see the invite for the latest info.]


Do you have plans on August 11? Do you fancy yourself a poker player? A really good poker player? Do you think you could beat David Einhorn, even if he's wearing his lucky sweatshirt? Do you think it would not be so awkward that the two of you could then enjoy a meal together and talk shop after which he picks up the tab? (Go with me on this as I think I might have something you'll be interested in.)


If you answered yes to most of the above and also consider yourself a fan of humanity, helping others and all that jazz, you should most definitely clear your schedule next Wednesday and sign up for a World Poker Tournament benefiting the Rewarding Achievement (REACH) program, which was co-founded by Bill Ackman and Whitney Tilson and gives inner-city high school students academic support and scholarships for passing AP exams. The event is taking place at the Prince George Ballroom in New York and Einhorn (your competition) will be playing, as will Ackman and Tilson. Prizes for winners include the aforementioned meal (a lunch), with Bill, David or Michael Porter, five nights at a "world-class private beach home in Lamu, Kenya," golf and auto racing packages (you get your own car and instructor for the day), and more. Alternatively, if you're not one for cards but still want to help kids, you can also just register for the cocktail hour. I expect you all to be there.

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