Ebay, the world’s largest online auction website, has featured two World Series of Poker bracelets on its pages in recent weeks, as well as other WSOP paraphernalia.
Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, listed his WSOP bracelet on Ebay along with a Corum watch that was commissioned especially for those players making the WSOP Main Event final table.
Bidding on the watch ends on December 3rd and at the time of writing is yet to receive a bid, but Eastgate’s WSOP bracelet has already sold, with the bidding on Thursday at $147,500. The winning bidder’s details have been kept private, but poker pro Tony G was believed to be interested in making the purchase.
The bulk of the proceeds from the sales of this WSOP memorabilia are being donated to UNICEF, with 3% going to a charity. Eastgate said that his WSOP prizes were just “collecting dust”, which triggered his decision to sell the 18 carat white gold bracelet and the accompanying watch. He explained, “Of course, I am still extremely proud of my title to this day. But the bracelet itself, I am never wearing, since I really don’t wear any jewellery. So I thought that by giving [them] away, a lot more people will hopefully be able to benefit from the items”.
Peter Eastgate broke Phill Hellmuth’s long standing record for youngest ever World Series of Poker Main Event winner, by landing the prestigious $10,000 No Limit Hold’em event aged just 22. In the Summer of 2010 however, he took the decision to quit poker, stating that, “When I started playing poker for a living, it was never my goal to spend the rest of my life as a professional poker player. My goal was to become financially independent. I achieved that by winning the WSOP main event in 2008”.
The second WSOP bracelet to hit Ebay is Paul “Eskimo” Clark’s 1999 Razz bracelet. Older WSOP bracelets lack the lavish diamonds of those won by the likes of Peter Eastgate, but the piece, which contains 117.1 grams of solid gold, is still thought to be worth more than $5,000.
“Eskimo” Clark has won a total of three WSOP titles to date, but interestingly, this auction hasn’t been started by the man himself, which suggests Clark has already sold this bracelet to somebody else.
Bidding ends on December 1st and at the time of writing, the highest bid stands at $3,850.