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Second WSOP Bracelet Sold on eBay Surrounded by Speculation

2 December 2010 by admin

After Peter Eastgate’s successful auction of his 2008 World Series of Poker bracelet on eBay, another WSOP champion is following suit. Or so it seems.

Recently Eastgate shook up the poker world by listing his only WSOP bracelet on eBay. Eastgate’s sale of his 2008 WSOP bracelet resulted in $147,500 being donated to UNICEF, which was 100% of the profits of the sale. However there is no word as if or where the proceeds of the sale of Clark’s bracelet will go.

And that is only one of the issues surrounding the sale of the 1999 WSOP $1,500 Razz Main Event that Cark won.

For starters the biggest source of speculation is that the location of the seller of the Razz bracelet on eBay is out of Ireland. Clark does not call Ireland home as he lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course, Clark could have sold the bracelet to someone else and that someone else turned around and sold it on eBay. And there is no word from Clark himself on the sale of his 1999 WSOP $1,500 Razz bracelet. Considering that Eastgate himself talked about the sale of his 2008 WSOP Main Event bracelet sale and about the donation of the proceeds of the sale, the silence coming from Clark only adds to the speculation—either Clark is not the seller or, if he is, the proceeds are not being publically donated.

There is even speculation in the poker community on whether or not the bracelet being sold as Clark’s is real or not. It has been mentioned in poker community forums that the WSOP Razz bracelet looked like a replica, and others have flat out said that the bracelet was a fake. Again, there is no word from Eskimo Clark on whether the bracelet is his or real, and in fact, there is no word from Eskimo Clark at all.

But regardless of authenticity and despite all speculation, the 1999 WSOP $1,500 Razz bracelet that is supposed to have belonged to Clark sold yesterday on eBay after a total number of fifteen bids. The auction ended with the WSOP $1,500 Razz bracelet being sold for $4,050. Plus $10 in shipping. Just so you know.

Authenticity aside, this is the second time in less than a month that has seen attention drawn to the sale of WSOP bracelets. If Eastgate’s example is followed and proceeds donated to charity, I think this will be a positive boost to the overall reputation of the WSOP.

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