February 4th, 2010 | Published in Casino News
A World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet recently sold on eBay to the tune of $4,006. The bracelet was sold by a pawnshop in Plano, Texas and formerly belonged to the famous poker player T.J. Cloutier.
About World Series of Poker
Held annually in Las Vegas, the World Series of Poker is a huge poker tournament bringing in some of the best poker players around the world. The WSOP had humble beginnings. The first game, held in 1970 at the Horseshoe Casino, only had six poker players and one host. The modern World Series of Poker tournament includes fifty-five events over several days and includes hundreds of players. The most popular event at the WSOP is the No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em game.
About the Coveted Gold Bracelet
The gold bracelet given to winners of the World Series of Poker tournament may be the most coveted prize in poker. In fact, it is such a popular prize that when Harris Casino launched their World of Series Poker iPhone gaming application, the bracelet was made into a virtual prize for the top players. Fifty-three winners receive the bracelet, made by Corum. The bracelet is gold and features fifty-three diamonds across the band. There is also a special bracelet for the Ladies World Champion that includes black diamonds, rubies, and blue sapphires.
About T.J. Cloutier
T.J. Cloutier is a world famous poker player based out of Richardson, Texas. Born in 1939, he played college football for the University of California before joining the Army. After leaving the Army, Cloutier played football again- this time in Toronto, Canada. While in Canada he received an injury that cut his football career short, so he moved to Texas where he started playing poker.
In his professional poker career, T.J. Cloutier has won a total of six World Series of Poker gold bracelets. In addition to the WSOP, Cloutier has played in the World Poker Tour, Legends of Poker, the Ultimate Poker Challenge, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, and Poker Royale.
He has also written four books on poker, been made in to a character for a poker based video game, and was inducted in to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2006.
No one is quite sure why T.J. Cloutier originally sold the WSOP gold bracelet to the pawnshop, but the new owner is happy with the purchase.