Much like the Stanley Cup, The Vince Lombardi Trophy and Olympic Gold Medals, Championship Bracelets represent the highest level of achievement at the professional Poker Table.
From time to time, in the same way Super bowl rings may be released, Championship bracelets are listed for auction and snapped up for hefty prices by adoring fans hoping to get as close to the high-stakes action as possible.
Most recently, that of Jamie Gold, winner of the 2006 World Series of Poker appeared at Heritage Auctions and was eventually claimed for a total of $65,725!
While this kind of transaction is often frowned upon by fellow winners who chose to keep their unique mementoes, Heritage, who list themselves as the ‘World’s Largest Collectibles Auctioneer’, confirmed that it was not Gold, in fact, who had listed the bracelet, but rather an anonymous individual who had acquired the item from the former Champion at an earlier point.
“Not much I can say other than that the current owner, who wants to remain anonymous, brought it to us for consignment” Noah Fleisher, Director of Public Relations at Heritage said.
“It is not Mr. Gold auctioning it, but he obviously sold it to someone, for some reason, at an earlier point, but I do not know any details beyond that” Fleisher said.
Featuring approximately 259 stones, including over seven carats of diamonds and 120 grams of white and yellow gold, rubies and sapphires, the bracelet was won by Gold in the largest ever World Series of Poker main event, consisting of 8773 players initial players.
Refusing to comment on the sale of the bracelet, Gold joins the likes of five other notable professionals to be known to have auctioned their trophies, including Brad Daugherty, who sold his 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet for an astounding $147,500 on EBay, for charity.
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ESPN is set to host a special WSOP Rematch series that will see famous Main Event winners and runners up face off again.
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There will be three rematches in total, with the participants for the first two already decided and the last to be decided by a poll on Facebook.
To start the WSOP Rematches off, there will be a 2 out of 3 game match to repeat the end of the 2003 WSOP Main Event between Chris Moneymaker and Sammy Farha. The first game will see them play with the same chip stacks they had going into heads up play. The second game will reverse the stacks to explore how things might have gone if the chip advantage were different. If neither player has won both games, there will be a third game with equal chip stacks to see which player can dominate from an even start.
In the second match, we will get to see Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth face off once more in a repeat of the end of the 1989 WSOP Main Event. This will be a one match deal from even starting stacks, and it will be very interesting to see how they have adapted to deal with one another in the more than 20 years since their first legendary meeting.
The third match will be decided by a vote on Facebook, with four choices that include:
- 1988 WSOP Johnny Chan v Erik Seidel
- 2004 WSOP Greg Raymer v David Williams
- 2006 WSOP Jamie Gold v Paul Wasicka
- 2010 WSOP Jonathon Duhamel v John Racener
This final match will have equal starting stacks. If the top voted match up cannot occur, then the next most popular choice will be played.
The game will be played at the Amazon Room in the Rio and filmed by ESPN on 2 June. Voting on the third match will begin on 2 May, and the games will be broadcast in a two-hour special on ESPN on 26 July.
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