Jamie Gold’s WSOP Bracelet and watch up for auction

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 17, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Jamie GoldThis summer poker players will have two chances at winning a World Series of Poker Main Event Championship bracelet: The first way is the more traditional of the two; playing and winning the WSOP Main Event, but there is also another way, a more modern way, which is to make a bid on Jamie Gold’s 2006 WSOP Championship bracelet which is up for auction on August 1, 2013 at Heritage Auctions.

Gold’s WSOP memorabilia isn’t the first (and undoubtedly will not be the last) to hit the auction block, as multiple WSOP Main Event bracelets have made their way to E-Bay and other auctions, along with WSOP bracelets from preliminary tournaments, WSOPC Rings, and other poker trophies.

The first bracelet to hit E-Bay was Peter Eastgate, who famously retired from poker and auctioned off his 2008 Championship bracelet for charity. Following Eastgate’s bracelet fetching six-figures, Brad Daugherty has tried to auction off his WSOP Championship bracelet, but the reserve was never met. More recently, 2007 WSOP Champion Jerry Yang ran into some tax trouble and his WSOP Championship bracelet was seized and sent to auction by the government.

There is no word on whether or not Gold is auctioning off his WSOP mementos, or if they have already been sold and the new owner is trying his luck at auction.

Here is a look at the auction listing from the Heritage Auctions website:

2006 World Series of Poker Championship Bracelet Won by Jamie Gold. Arguably the most significant contest in the history of this popular card game, the 2006 Main Event remains the largest in tournament history both for total prize pool ($82,512,162) and number of contestants (8,773). Like every WSOP Main Event, the 2006 edition was a $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold ’em format, though the enormous size of the field necessitated four separate starting days, each whittling the field to 800, which were then regrouped and pushed through their paces until just nine men were left standing on August 8th. The final hand came two days later, after popular player Jamie Gold had eliminated seven of the final eight opponents. Gold drew a Queen of Spades and Nine of Clubs, making a pair with the board on the Queen of Clubs. Paul Wasicka’s pair of tens was not helped by the Five and Eight of Hearts on the board, nor the Ace of Diamonds on the turn or Four of Clubs on the river.

Gold’s play in his 2006 victory is considered one of the great shows of poker psychology, as he was uncannily successful in goading his opponents into betting strong against his superior hand, or folding when he was weak. His penchant for discussing his hand, sometimes truthfully and others not, ruffled some feathers in the poker community, and he even went so far as to flash one of his hole cards, rattling his opponent into folding a superior hand. When the battle was done, Gold was twelve million dollars richer, at that time the heftiest monetary prize for the winner of any sports or television event in history.

The bracelet features 259 stones including over seven carats of diamonds and 120 grams of white and yellow gold. Rubies are inset to create the red of the heart and diamond suits, while a sapphire represents the spade and three black diamonds the clubs. The clasp is stamped “14K.” Fine condition. An absolutely amazing representation from one of the most talked about WSOP events in history.

In addition to Gold’s Championship bracelet, the Corum watch he received for winning the Main Event is also up for grabs:

2006 World Series of Poker Championship Wristwatch Won by Jamie Gold. A companion piece to the victor’s bracelet presented in the preceding lot, this specially crafted “Corum” timepiece was crafted exclusively for Gold, who earned $12 million as the last man standing of 8,773 contestants for poker’s top honor. The design screams Las Vegas flash, from the royal flush pictured beneath the domed crystal of the watch face, to the dollar sign ($) second hand, to the real diamonds that run the perimeter of the bezel. The attribution to Gold appears on verso, with text announcing “Final Table Player, Jamie Gold, Chip Count $25,650,000.”

The watch appears in absolutely Mint, unworn condition, with the protective stickering still applied to clasp and verso, and the hang tag still affixed. The watch is housed in a specially made wood and velvet hinged case. Housed within is an owner’s card that reads, “Congratulations to Jamie Gold! Final Table Chip Count $25,650,000. You are the proud owner of the Corum Bubble Royal Flush! 2006 World Series of Poker.” A cleaning cloth and “Corum Dealer” chip complete the ensemble.

Bidding for both items will begin on July 13, 2013, with the auction closing on August 1-2, 2013.

*Special thanks to www.pokerfraudalert.com member “Bubbles” for finding this*

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