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What is Eastgate’s WSOP Poker Bracelet Might Become Tony G’s Dog’s Collar

22 November 2010 by admin

Recently Danish poker player Peter Eastgate decided to sell his World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet on eBay. Eastgate’s intentions are to sell the bracelet and then donate the proceeds of the sale to UNICEF.

The response of the poke community has been mixed, with some people believing that this is a noble action on Eastgate’s part. Others believe that Eastgate is making a big mistake in selling off what should surely be a prized possession because it is a WSOP Main Event bracelet and because Eastgate is only twenty four years old—not many twenty four year olds have a WSOP bracelet let alone a Main Event bracelet. I certainly did not have such a bracelet when I was twenty four. This would be similar as if this year’s WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel were to sell his bracelet since he is only twenty three years old.

It seems selling a WSOP bracelet is thisclose to taboo, but selling it when you are young, well that is verging on stupidity according to critics.

Regardless of what his critics say, Eastgate is going forward with the eBay auction. But now they have something new to speak out against Eastgate for.

Another poker player Tony G has declared that he wants to buy Eastgate’s bracelet and turn it into a collar for his dog because he sees the bracelet as “the ultimate dog bling…as my gladiator and protector he deserves to be kitted out in such style.”

Translation: Ton G believes that his dog who is his best friend, champion and defender, is more than deserving of a dog collar made with gold and diamonds. I think it is the diamonds that appeal to Tony G the most, as they are VS in clarity and are colorless with a total diamond weight of 2.81 carats; the gold in the bracelet is 18K white gold.

Eastgate is getting some flak for Tony G wanting to turn the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet into a dog collar. But in Eastgate’s defense, he does not have control over who buys the bracelet. It is in an auction on eBay. Whoever the highest bidder is will win the bracelet when the November 25th deadline comes.

Eastgate listed the bracelet for $16,000 and the price has only gone up a few hundred dollars since the auction’s opening. At the time Tony G made his desire for the bracelet known it was listed at $16,500. And Tony G has made his desire very much known in a way that, despite this being a public auction on eBay, that others are discouraged from bidding on what he already thinks of as his bracelet:

“It’s currently trading at $16,500 on eBay and I am going to lead the bidding at $17,500. I do not expect any further bids and, as I know, there were very few people with the heart and courage to challenge a determined Tony G.”

The bracelet has now reached a price of $56,800 at the time of this writing.

Apparently there are more people interested in the bracelet than Tony G anticipated. And he has made the mistake of driving up the price for it. The good news is that UINCEF will be the one to benefit from the auction price being driven up. They should send Tony G a big thank you card whether he wins the bracelet or not.

Naturally Tony G is also receiving flack for his intentions for the bracelet. Some of his critics believe that a WSOP bracelet should not be desecrates in such a manner while others think that this is a slightly childish stab at the WSOP on Tony G’s part—that it is his way of getting back at the WSOP for not being included in the WSOP Tournament of Champions, and invitation only event.

The auction is set to run until November 25th, 9:04 am Eastern Standard Time. That is when we shall see whether poker player Tony G gets to make his dog collar or not. Either way Eastgate’s WSOP Main Event bracelet is going to a new home and UNICEF will be receiving a nice chunk of change since 100% of the proceeds of the sale is going to them. I applaud Eastgate in his generosity and advise Tony G to stop referring to himself in the third person.

2 Responses to “What is Eastgate’s WSOP Poker Bracelet Might Become Tony G’s Dog’s Collar”

  1. […] 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 […]

  2. danielle jacobs says:

    maybe the poker bracelet was not really a big deal for Peter Eastgate. At least he made a step to help UNICEF, which few poker players were not capable of doing so.