Tony G To Make Dog Collar From Peter Eastgate’s WSOP BraceletNovember 19, 2010 12:05 pm
Peter Eastgate’s decision to sell his WSOP Main Event bracelet on Ebay has received a mixed reaction from the poker community at large.
Despite the fact Eastgate said he was selling the item to help raise money for children’s charity UNICEF, many poker stalwarts have insisted it should have remained a prized possession of the 24 year old Dane.
Can you then imagine those same detractors’ reaction to the latest news that Antanas Guoga, aka Tony G, has now set his sights on winning the auction in order to turn the prestigious bracelet into a collar for his pet dog Zasko.
As Tony G explains, the WSOP bracelet will make “the ultimate dog bling…as my gladiator and protector he deserves to be kitted out in such style.”
When Tony G originally announced his intention to bid on the bracelet, the item was close to its initial asking price of $16,000 and had only budged by $700 over the first few days. A characteristically modest ‘Tony G’ commented at the time:
“It’s currently trading at $16,500 on eBay and I’m 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.”
However, Tony G may now have bitten off more than he can chew as there have now been 47 bid on the WSOP bracelet, with the current offer reaching $50,100.
In addition to making for a rather extravagant dog collar, there are also those in the poker community who see Tony G’s intentions as a sleight to the game, and believe he is getting his own back for being left out of this year’s invitational WSOP Tournament of Champions.
Tony G was quick to dispel those rumours and instead insisted:
“People will accuse me of trying to make a mockery of Peter’s WSOP Main Event win, but that is not the intention. I really want to do this. I respect Peter’s decision to turn around and say that’s it… Each to their own and hope that the money I give him for the bracelet goes to a good cause.”
The auction is set to run until November 25th and we will have to wait until then to see if the fate of Peter Eastgate’s 2008 WSOP Main Event bracelet is to end up as one of the most famous dog collars on the planet.