Jamie Gold to Sell WSOP Gold Bracelet and WatchWednesday, May 22nd, 2013 by Ryan
When a player wins a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, it’s something that is almost always cherished. You’ll find that while many players are obviously ecstatic about the massive pay days that come along with winning gold bracelets, they also love the fact that they are etched into the World Series of Poker history book with their new gold bracelet. A prime example of a player who was probably a little more excited about the money though, has to be back when Jamie Gold was able to take down the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event. If you remember back to the Main Event that year, it was a huge pay day of $12 million to Gold. This is some seriously life changing money, and while the gold bracelet is nice, that type of money is something that gets almost all of the attention.
Apparently Jamie Gold agrees with the fact that the gold bracelet wasn’t the biggest factor, as he’s decided to make a move and put his WSOP Championship gold bracelet up for auction. The auction is going to be held on August 1st, 2013 at the Heritage Auctions. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen memorabilia from the World Series of Poker end up on the auction block though, as there have been multiple gold bracelets and other things posted on EBay and different auction sites. Not only are the gold bracelets a hot commodity, but things like WSOPC rings and other trophies from events from popular players are also followed in a big way.
One other big time bracelet that was on the auction block was the one that was taken down by Peter Eastgate. He put his bracelet up on EBay, and he also decided to retire from poker at that time. He won the 2008 World Series of Poker, and when he auctioned it off he decided to give the money to charity. Eastgate’s bracelet went for a very nice six figures, and then we saw Brad Daugherty try to auction his WSOP gold bracelet off, but the reserve was apparently too high as it was never able to be hit. Jerry Yang’s gold bracelet was also auctioned, but not due to him wanting to do so. He unfortunately ran into some tax issues and the bracelet was seized and then auctioned by the government.
Interestingly though, no one is exactly sure of whether the bracelet that is going to be auctioned is actually being auctioned by Gold himself, or if he had previously sold it, and someone else was looking to put it up for auction currently. The info about the auction just states that it will be up for auction, and that the bracelet is from the event that was the largest in tournament history for total prize pool, and also the number of players who bought into the event as well.
When Gold won the gold bracelet, he actually knocked out seven of the last eight opponents at the final table, and when the final hand happened, he had Q-9 of clubs, and was able to hit a Queen. He was able to hold off the pair of tens that Paul Wasicka had, and this was the hand that gave Gold the whopping first place pay day.
This isn’t the only thing that is going to be up for auction though, as they will also be auctioning off Gold’s Championship Corum watch. He got this bracelet for winning that same Main Event. The watch has a royal flush pictured below the crystal on the face of the watch, and there is a dollar sign second hand. It also has real diamonds that run around the bezel of the watch. On the watch it states “Final Table Player, Jamie Gold, Chip Count $25,650,000.”
The specific bidding for these items is going to start off on July 13th of this year, but it is going to run for a few weeks, as it will go through August 1st-2nd. This is a great way for someone to earn a piece of World Series of Poker history, and it’s likely that we’ll see it go for some serious money when the auctions are finished.