By Robert Jones, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
Shortly before the start of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event began, Peter Eastgate announced that not only would he be participating in that event, but that he was walking away from the game of poker for good. Now, the 2008 WSOP Main Event champion is prepared to walk away from the 18k white gold bracelet that features 291 diamonds that he earned for winning that event.
Eastgate has listed his WSOP bracelet on eBay, with all proceeds going to UNICEF. The bidding started at $16,000, but as of this writing has reached $56,700. One of the more interesting bidders of record is Tony G.
Tony G, speaking through his blog, announced that he isn’t attempting to buy the bracelet for himself. He is actually attempting to buy it for his German Shepherd, Zasko. If Tony G wins the bidding war he is planning to turn the bracelet into a dog collar for his four legged best friend.
Tony G realized that buying Eastgate’s bracelet to put on his dog has the possibility to seem insulting, but he swears that isn’t the case. Tony G insists that he really wants to do this for Zasko, and that he respects Eastgate’s decision to walk away from the game.
This isn’t the first time that a WSOP bracelet has popped up on eBay. At the beginning of 2010, TJ Cloutier auctioned off his bracelet. The winning bidder was Cake Poker, who reportedly gave it back to Cloutier after “having some fun with it” first.
It’s not easy to tell who has the current high bid for Eastgate’s bracelet because of the privacy settings. However, we do know who made the very first bid for $16,000, because it was none other than Rakeback.com.
Tony G wrote in his blog that he made a bid for $17,500, and said he didn’t expect too many bids after that because “not many people have the heart and courage to challenge a determined Tony G.” Tony G was a little off the mark there, because the eBay bidding history page shows that since the bid of $17,500 there have been 59 more bids.
The auction is slated to end Wednesday morning US time.
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