Mets minority owner David Einhorn eliminated from World Series of Poker main event

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Five years ago David Einhorn made a deep run in the World Series of Poker main event, turning his $10,000 entry into $660,000 and then donating the entire 18th-place prize to charity.

He ponied up another $10,000 for this year’s main event, but the new Mets minority owner was eliminated on Day 2 of the tournament yesterday after playing approximately 16 hours.

This year’s main event has 6,865 players with a top prize of $8.7 million, which sort of seems like chump change compared to the $200 million Einhorn paid to secure 33 percent of the Mets two months ago.

In addition to his $660,000 score at the WSOP in July of 2006 he also won a smaller tournament in November of 2008, banking $90,000 for the win.

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.