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Tony G. Bidding on Eastgate’s Bracelet

by Omar

It was reported earlier in the week that as part of a charity drive for UNICEF, 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate had decided to auction off the bracelet he earned in the process of achieving poker immortality. The bauble, appraised for just over $16,000 started off with a minimum bid of over that amount and the auction has already begun to see some action. In fact, involved in the bidding war on eBay is none other than fellow European poker pro Tony G.

In a blog post on Party Poker, Tony G. explained the purpose he is bidding on the item he fully intends to win:

“I have decided that I am going to buy Peter Eastgate’s WSOP Main Event winner’s bracelet. It is currently trading at $16,500 on eBay and I am going to lead the bidding at $17,500. I don’t expect any further bids and, as I know, there are very few people with the heart and courage to challenge a determined Tony G. The plan is to get it adapted into a special collar for my trusted German Shepherd, Zasko. The ultimate dog bling – as my gladiator and protector, he deserves to be kitted out in such style.”

Yes, you read that correctly. The brash Tony G., perhaps still smarting over his exclusion from this year’s Tournament of Champions event is favor of Bertrand Grospellier, is looking to take the symbol of poker’s greatest accomplishment in order to turn it into a grand piece of pet jewelry. This is likely not the result that Eastgate had in mind when he agreed to auction off the item.

Tony G. insists that the move is not intended to insult the World Series, he merely loves his pet that much. At present time, he is still the leading bidder for the item at $41,000, far exceeding its actual dollar value with several days remaining left to bid on the item.

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