Poker is a game that involves quick decision-making, risk-taking, and bluffing, among other things. 

Itís why so many Wall Street investors, from Carl Icahn to David Einhorn, love playing it.

And itís no different in the highly competitive, risk-taking culture of Silicon Valley.

In fact, some of the top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors are so obsessed with it, they even have their own poker nights almost every month.

Generally, good businessmen are good poker players. It's no surprise that so many business leaders in Silicon Valley are obsessed with poker.

Chamath Palihapitiya (Social+Capital founder)

Chamath Palihapitiya is known as one of the most hardcore poker players in the Valley. He’s played in several World Series of Poker events, and finished 101st out of more than 7,000 contestants in 2011.

He also hosts monthly poker nights at his home in Palo Alto, inviting other tech entrepreneurs like David Sacks and Dave Goldberg. 

David Sacks (Yammer founder)

David Sacks has also played in the World Series of Poker, and alongside Palihapitiya, is frequently mentioned as the top poker player in Silicon Valley. In a past interview, Sacks said he doesn’t believe in hobbies, but likes to play poker. 

He often plays with professional poker player Phil Hellmuth, too. “I’m not in the same league as [Phil Hellmuth], but I’m not a donkey,” he said in a past interview.

Jason Calacanis ( founder)

Jason Calacanis isn’t afraid to talk about his pokerbobsession, and said in a previous interview that he was “absolutely addicted” to it at one point. He’s a serious poker player and was sponsored by FullTiltPoker when he played in the World Series of Poker for the first time in 2009.

He’s so into the game that he even thinks of his company like it's part of the game. “Risk-taking is my thing … I think of my company as my chip stack,” he told PokerListings.

Dave Goldberg (SurveyMonkey CEO)

Another frequently mentioned name among the Valley tech leaders is SurveyMonkey’s Dave Goldberg. 

He’s played in a number of big-time poker tournaments and is known for being a highly skilled poker player. He once told Bloomberg, “Some of us are not the world’s greatest athletes. But you can become a pretty good poker player.”

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