PCA 2012: He's baaaaaaaaaack
Bill Perkins isn't a quitter. That much we know.
Known in other circles as William O. Perkins III, the Texas titan founded the venture capital firm Small Ventures to focus on energy, technology, and entertainment. For the past 15 years, he's been making start-ups' dreams come true, and he's done pretty well for himself in the process. The one-time University of Iowa Hawkeyes football player is a film buff and uses some of his massively accumulated wealth to fund movie projects in addition to other energy and technology-related efforts. Now living in Houston with his wife and three kids, Perkins is an opinionated, wealthy Renaissance man. He's also a poker player.
Before last week what we knew of Perkins was that he had played on the PokerStars Big Game and High Stakes Poker. After last week we knew Perkins wasn't a quitter.
After putting $100,000 into the 2012 PCA Super High Roller, Perkins busted out in fairly short order. So, he did what any other Texas millionaire might do. He found $98,500 and bought in again. He ended up busting a couple of hours later and we thought that might be the last we saw of him for a while.
Instead, Perkins is once again proving he is no quitter. Today, as the $25,000 High Roller kicks off, Perkins is in the field again and looking to put himself up against the best in the world. While the $100,000 event might have been a curiosity for the guy, the $25,000 is a different beast. While the fields are similar, Perkins is likely to face people and styles he has never seen before. While we don't yet know everyone who is showing up, here's a shortlist of early registrants.
If Perkins' prior poker history is any indication, this could be a short day for the venture capital titan. However, there isn't any reason to bet against him. After all, the smart money knows this: Bill Perkins is no quitter.