Cake Poker To Return T.J. Cloutier's 2005 WSOP BraceletJanuary 28, 2010 10:07 am
Following the interest created by T.J. Cloutier’s 2005 WSOP Bracelet being placed for sale on eBay, Cake Poker have now announced that it was they who actually made the winning bid to secure a piece of WSOP history.
The Cake Poker team said they now intend to enjoy their new $4,006 purchase for a couple of days before handing it back to the 6 times WSOP champion, with almost $10 million in live tournament wins to his name.
On the Cake Blog, the following message was posted: “As much as we would love to have a WSOP bracelet, or even award it to one of our cherished poker players, we can’t, in good conscience, keep it from the man who rightfully won it; which is why we’ve decided to return it to TJ Cloutier… just as soon as we’re done having some fun with it…there will be no sacrilegious treatment of the artifact.”
It is a sad fact that many excellent poker players have gone broke at some time or another for a variety of factors. One of the major contributors to such a situation is an addiction to gambling outside of their own chosen field of poker expertise. For instance, Stu Ungar is widely considered the best poker player of all time, but was a chronic sports gambler and despite winning an estimated $30 million during his poker career, died penniless with no assets to his name.
T.J. Cloutier is certainly one of the best tournament players in the world, with 60 major tournament wins to his name including placing in the top 5 of the WSOP Main event on four separate occasions. However, it is well known that T.J. has an expensive taste for high stakes craps and is rumoured to have lost over $3 million at the tables.
In an interview given last year to PokerPlayer, Cloutier commented: “Everybody knows that I like to play craps and that I really gamble with it sometimes…I regret that I’m so into it. But there’s a fix for everyone in these Vegas casinos. People get into blackjack or high-stakes slots. When I want to get away, I get away with the craps…I’ve beaten craps zillions of times. That’s not the hard part. The hard part is walking away with your money.”