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Peter Eastgate’s WSOP Main Event Champion bracelet for sale on ebay

Early holiday shopping?  Have some unused cash on your Paypal account?  Can’t make day 2 in a WSOP $1K, let alone run deep in the Main?  eBay has you covered.

Listing the item under the “Jewelry & Watches >> Fashion Jewelry >> Bracelets >> Other” category, Peter Eastgate, who announced his retirement from poker during the series in July, put his 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Bracelet for auction on eBay yesterday – donating 100% of the sale amount to UNICEF.

“The unique piece of a Corum bracelet weighs 168 and is made of 18kt White Gold paved with 291 diamonds and the face, which says ‘World Series of Poker 2008′, is Hand painted in silver and decorated with black and red card suits.”

PartyPoker’s Tony G, who has pledged to win the bidding for the “pre-owned” item (a.k.a. bling for his his German Shephard Zasko), can be assured that there is no wear and tear:  The Las Vegas Review Journal quotes Eastgate as saying that while he had great pride in the title, the bracelet was never worn.

While this sale hasn’t been met with a lot of support by poker media-types in Twitter this morning, at least the potential buyer(s) will be happy to know that it is ready for delivery (standard shipping free!) just after Dec 24th.  No returns accepted.

Source: Pokerati


Stu Ungar quote.

“It’s hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Think about what it’s like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside. That probably sounds harsh. But that’s the way it is at the poker table. If you don’t believe me, then you’re the lamb that’s going off to the slaughter.”
Stu Ungar, three-time WSOP Champion


WSOP Main Event Final Table: The Heads up is set, Cheong takes third place


The duel is set.  It’s Jonathan Duhamel versus John Racener.

The crescendo of the November Nine reached its near-final furious finale when zig-zagging Duhamel eliminated Cheong on what turned out to be the final hand of Final Table — Day One.  The long 14-hour session included the elimination of seven players, leaving only Duhamel and Racener to compete in a heads-up duel for the world title.

The third-place finisher was former WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Joseph Cheong, from San Diego, CA.  He collected $4,130,049 in prize money, an astronomical consolation prize that still somehow failed to heal the fresh wounds of a poker pro with broken dreams.  Making the disappointment more painful, Cheong held the chip lead about an hour before busting out.  He lost the key late hands that destroyed what at one point was viewed as a potentially insurmountable advantage.

That sets up the heads-up stage of the world championship, coming up on Monday night.  It also concluded an extraordinary day (and night) filled with twists and turns, and several exciting moments.

The fourth-place finisher was Filippo Candio, from Sardinia, Italy.  As the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event Championship final table, Candio proudly collected $3,092,545.

The fifth-place finisher was Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, from Miami, FL.  Undisputedly the most famous and most accomplished of the final nine, Mizrachi suffered a blistering final hour when he went from chip leader to the rail, losing every key late hand of importance.  Mizrachi took some consolation in his payout, which amounted to $2332,992 in prize money.

The sixth-place finisher was John Dolan, from Bonita Springs, FL.  He ran card dead at the worst possible time, hopelessly falling victim to a bad run of cards in the later stages of play.  Dolan busted out when his bluff failed.  Nonetheless, he managed to scoop a monster-sized check from his initial $10,000 investment.  Dolan received $1,772,969 in prize money.

The seventh-place finisher was Jason Senti, from St. Louis Park, MN.  He began final table play with the shortest stack, but moved two spots up the money ladder.  Senti collected $1,356,720.

The eighth-place finisher was Matthew Jarvis, who took a terrible beat en route to a disappointing end result.  Jarvis was the victim of one of several astounding final table hands which resulted in a cyclone of emotional twists and turns and ultimately, chip lead changes.  Jarvis received $1,045,743 in prize money.

The ninth-place finisher was Soi Nguyen, from Santa Ana, CA.  The only amateur player among the final nine, Nguyen collected $811,823 in prize money — an incredible accomplishment considering this was his first time to cash in a major poker tournament.

The final duel of the Main Event is set to begin on Monday night.  Heads-up play will resume November 8th at 8 pm PST, when the final two survivors will play down to a winner.  Coverage of the final table will air in a two-hour telecast on Tuesday at 10 pm ET on ESPN.

The winner of this year’s WSOP Main Event, the second largest in the 40-year history of the WSOP with 7,319 entrants, will take home a staggering $8,944,310 in prize money.  He will also be presented with the most coveted achievement in all of poker — the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship gold bracelet.

So, who will become the 2010 world poker champion?

WSOP ME Final Table 2010 Fantastic Finish for Filippo (4th)


The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event final table — otherwise known as the “November Nine” — has crossed the midway point.  There are now more players out on the rail watching and wishing, than still remain seated in poker’s richest game.

The latest player to bust out was Italian poker pro Filippo Candio, from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.  He joined fellow finalists Soi Nguyen (9th), Matthew Jarvis (8th), Jason Senti (7th), and John Dolan (6th) as outsiders now looking in – along with a capacity crowd packed inside the Penn and Teller Theater and a worldwide audience following all the action from Las Vegas.

Filippo was eliminated when his playing card: Kd playing card: Qd failed to connect to a final board that showed playing card: Ah playing card: 7d playing card: 2s playing card: 5h playing card: 4h.  Joseph Cheong held playing card: Ac playing card: 3c and ended up with a straight on the hand.The significance of becoming the first player in Italy to make it to a Main Event final table was not lost on the blossoming new tournament star.

I was very proud to represent my country and do things for poker in Italy,” Candio stated shortly after being eliminated.  “I am pleased with the way I played.  I think there are going to be many more players from my country who (do well) at the World Series.”

The last two hours has included a flurry of action, resulting a huge momentum shift.  Joseph Cheong now appears to be the player to beat as play becomes three-handed.
Play will continue all night until only two players remain.  Last year’s final table (first day) followed a similar pattern and concluded at 5:00 am.Heads-up play will resume on Monday, November 8th at 8 pm PST when the final two will play down to a winner.  Coverage of the final table will air in a two-hour telecast on Tuesday at 10 pm ET on ESPN.

The winner of this year’s Main Event, the second largest in the 40-year history of the WSOP with 7,319 entrants, will take home $8,944,310 in prize money.  He will also be presented with the most coveted achievement in all of poker — the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship gold bracelet.

Who will become the 2010 world poker champion?

Congratulations to Joe Cada, 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion!

The kid has done it folks! That’s right, Joe “The Kid” Cada is your 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion! After 87 hands after heads-up play, Cada flipped his way over Darvin Moon to become victorious. Last year, Peter Eastgate beat Phil Hellmuth’s record of 19 years as the youngest Main Event champion. This year, Cada becomes the youngest winner ever just eight days shy of his 22nd birthday, surpassing Eastgate.

Cada came into the final table right in the middle of the pack, sitting fifth in chips. He slipped early on, but found some timely double ups to bring him right back into contention. After eliminating Antoine Saout in third place, Cada set the stage for an epic heads-up battle between himself and Moon.

The chip lead would change hands numerous times during heads-up play, but it was Cada who won the two most important all-in pots of the night. First, he dodged Moon’s straight draw when he put himself at risk calling off with second pair. After Moon failed to connect on the river, Cada not only survived, but regained the chip lead.

A few hands later, Moon and Cada found themselves all in preflop with Moon the player at risk. Cada held the slight lead with pocket nines to Moon’s {Q-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds}. Those nines will forever hold a place in the youngster’s heart as they held true till the end, giving Cada the victory.

Upon being presented with the bracelet, Cada thanked all of his fans, many of whom took off from work and school to come support him. He also made sure to congratulate all of the members of the final table and asked the crowd to give a round of applause for all of them, especially Moon.

Congratulations to Joe Cada for winning the 2009 WSOP Main Event!