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Ten Minutes With Greg Jensen

A poker-playing hedge fund manager



Greg Jensen

Greg Jensen is CEO and co-CIO of Bridgewater Associates, a $130-billion investment fund, based in Westport. In January, the amateur poker player entered a PokerStars Super High Roller tournament, with 59 entries, a $5.7-million pool, and some of the top pro players in the world. Jensen made the final table, finishing sixth and earning $286,200, which he summarily donated to a group supporting families in Newtown. He lives in Ridgefield with wife Valerie and their children. 

Were you nervous?  I wouldn’t say nervous. Winning and surviving in a poker tournament, like most things, requires a mix of appropriate aggression and fear. You need to be aggressive enough to crush your opponent and wary enough to avoid being crushed.

You were pretty, well, poker-faced, while the others were pretty chatty. Was that your strategy?  The other guys at the table play more poker in a couple of weeks than I have played in this decade.  So they are comfortable in most circumstances. I needed more focus to have a feel for what was going on. They also gain info by knowing how to talk to people during the hand, and I was better off staying away from that.

What is it about these pros that make them better than your Ridgefield poker friends?  The pros drink water instead of beer, and they have an incredible ability to concentrate and consider multiple possibilities naturally. 

How well can you read what cards others likely have?  It depends who I am reading. Most of card reading is about understanding betting patterns and being able to probabilistically determine what the range of cards they might have is. I am decent at that, but some of the pros are almost magical at it.

Where is there more pressure—managing an investment fund or sitting at a final poker table?  Poker is great fun and teaches a lot of valuable life lessons, but it is nowhere near as broad an experience as trying to make sense of the world and systemize that understanding as I do at Bridgewater. At Bridgewater, there are many more people helping me see my mistakes before I make them. I could have used that at the poker table.

Do you have lucky socks or anything that you wear to something like this?  I can’t give all of my secrets away.  

Did you develop any poker groupies?  Val beat all the groupies off of me with a stick. I had to do the same for her as she finished third in the women’s tournament later in the week

Lots of high-fives from colleagues back at work?  Everyone was very intrigued, and naturally I got a fair dose of feedback on my mistakes.

Why did you decide to give it all to Newtown?  Like all parents, Val and I were devastated by the shooting and pictured what it would be like if those were our kids. Val started brainstorming on what would be an appropriate and beautiful gesture of support to Newtown, and she has a great gift planned. 

 

 

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August 2016

Cannon Grange Fair: Low-tech day offers high level of fun. The festival will have several exhibitions and special attractions such as preserves, bakes goods, and homemade spirits for sale, musical...

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Ridgefield Guild of Artists
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Contact Name: Patty Short
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The streets of Ridgefield come alive with a strolling gallery of sorts when Art Walk 2016 arrives Friday, August 19 on Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace....

Cost: Free

Where:
Streets of Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Patty Short
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There are 77 participating artists from a diverse array of mediums. Around 70 stores, restaurants, and galleries will be participating as well. Over the weekend, the Art Walk will have festivities,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Town of Ridgefield
, CT


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203-438-8863
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Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Cost: $55

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The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road
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The companion exhibit to Art Walk 2016 is Walk on Down at Ridgefield Guild of Artists from August 20- September 9 in the gallery barn at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield.  Each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

The streets of Ridgefield come alive with a strolling gallery of sorts when Art Walk 2016 arrives Friday, August 19 on Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace....

Cost: Free

Where:
Streets of Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

There are 77 participating artists from a diverse array of mediums. Around 70 stores, restaurants, and galleries will be participating as well. Over the weekend, the Art Walk will have festivities,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Town of Ridgefield
, CT


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203-438-8863
Website »

More information

Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

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This Summer nearly 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.16 -...

Where:
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The companion exhibit to Art Walk 2016 is Walk on Down at Ridgefield Guild of Artists from August 20- September 9 in the gallery barn at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield.  Each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

The streets of Ridgefield come alive with a strolling gallery of sorts when Art Walk 2016 arrives Friday, August 19 on Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace....

Cost: Free

Where:
Streets of Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

There are 77 participating artists from a diverse array of mediums. Around 70 stores, restaurants, and galleries will be participating as well. Over the weekend, the Art Walk will have festivities,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Town of Ridgefield
, CT


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203-438-8863
Website »

More information

Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

This Summer nearly 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.16 -...

Where:
, CT


Website »

More information

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The companion exhibit to Art Walk 2016 is Walk on Down at Ridgefield Guild of Artists from August 20- September 9 in the gallery barn at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield.  Each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

The streets of Ridgefield come alive with a strolling gallery of sorts when Art Walk 2016 arrives Friday, August 19 on Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace....

Cost: Free

Where:
Streets of Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

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Cost: $55

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Paloma Hutton
Website »

More information

There are 77 participating artists from a diverse array of mediums. Around 70 stores, restaurants, and galleries will be participating as well. Over the weekend, the Art Walk will have festivities,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Town of Ridgefield
, CT


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203-438-8863
Website »

More information

Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

This Summer nearly 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.16 -...

Where:
, CT


Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

The streets of Ridgefield come alive with a strolling gallery of sorts when Art Walk 2016 arrives Friday, August 19 on Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace....

Cost: Free

Where:
Streets of Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

There are 77 participating artists from a diverse array of mediums. Around 70 stores, restaurants, and galleries will be participating as well. Over the weekend, the Art Walk will have festivities,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Town of Ridgefield
, CT


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203-438-8863
Website »

More information

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Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

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Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

This Summer nearly 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.16 -...

Where:
, CT


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Cost: Free Admission

Where:
The Redding Community Center
37 Lonetown Road
Redding, CT  06896
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Sponsor: Mark Twain Library
Telephone: 203-938-2545
Contact Name: Maggie McIntire
Website »

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The companion exhibit to Art Walk 2016 is Walk on Down at Ridgefield Guild of Artists from August 20- September 9 in the gallery barn at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield.  Each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

The streets of Ridgefield come alive with a strolling gallery of sorts when Art Walk 2016 arrives Friday, August 19 on Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace....

Cost: Free

Where:
Streets of Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

Kick off the Labor Day weekend and celebrate the end of the summer season with a cold beer and some legendary Motown tunes, as Norwalk’s popular Tim Currie’s Motown Band belts...

Cost: $20; $15 member / Free for $250+ members

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridge field, CT  06877
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Telephone: 203-438-4519
Contact Name: Emily Devoe
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There are 77 participating artists from a diverse array of mediums. Around 70 stores, restaurants, and galleries will be participating as well. Over the weekend, the Art Walk will have festivities,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Town of Ridgefield
, CT


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203-438-8863
Website »

More information

Three artist joint exhibition, winners of last year's art show, Exploring the Landscape of Art, Exploring the Art of Landscape will be featured in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library. The...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

This Summer nearly 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.16 -...

Where:
, CT


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The Mark Twain Library Book Fair is the oldest – and one of the largest – in New England. Held each year over Labor Day weekend, this giant book fair has over 60,000 books organized in...

Cost: Free Admission

Where:
The Redding Community Center
37 Lonetown Road
Redding, CT  06896
View map »


Sponsor: Mark Twain Library
Telephone: 203-938-2545
Contact Name: Maggie McIntire
Website »

More information

The companion exhibit to Art Walk 2016 is Walk on Down at Ridgefield Guild of Artists from August 20- September 9 in the gallery barn at 34 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield.  Each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

The streets of Ridgefield come alive with a strolling gallery of sorts when Art Walk 2016 arrives Friday, August 19 on Main Street and in Copps Hill Commons and The Marketplace....

Cost: Free

Where:
Streets of Ridgefield
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203.438.8863
Contact Name: Patty Short
Website »

More information

There are 77 participating artists from a diverse array of mediums. Around 70 stores, restaurants, and galleries will be participating as well. Over the weekend, the Art Walk will have festivities,...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Town of Ridgefield
, CT


Sponsor: Ridgefield Guild of Artists
Telephone: 203-438-8863
Website »

More information

Three artist joint exhibition, winners of last year's art show, Exploring the Landscape of Art, Exploring the Art of Landscape will be featured in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library. The...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203-259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

This Summer nearly 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.16 -...

Where:
, CT


Website »

More information

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