Paul ‘Eskimo’ Clark’s 1999 WSOP Bracelet on Sale

Paul ‘Eskimo’ ClarkLast weekend saw the start of an eBay auction with a difference, poker player Paul ‘Eskimo’ Clark’s 1999 World Series of Poker (WSOP) winners bracelet, which he was awarded thanks to his victory in the $1,500 Razz event that year, being listed into public sale.

Although winning a WSOP bracelet must be a great feeling, it seems that Paul ‘Eskimo’ Clark is happy to allow his to be sold, could be something to do with the fact that he has won three throughout his career.

The seller of the bracelet is not known by anything other than ‘anarcnub’ and according to his eBay account, is situated in Ireland, leading to speculation that the bracelet could well have been sold once before as Clark is known to call Las Vegas home.

With the uncertainty surrounding the item, it seems that more and more poker fans are picking up on the story and questioning whether the item is real due to a number of issues.

The TwoPlusTwo forums have been alive with comment over the story, one member questioning whether the item is genuine after pointing out that it looked like it was a fake replication of the globally respected bracelets and another member jokingly asking whether Clark had been allowed to engrave the item himself.

The bracelet is still actively listed on the online auction site and is currently at $2,800.00 for the item, a price that is thought to be well below the reserve price on the item but with 6 days 5 hours still remaining on the listing, there is still plenty of time for increased interest.

The reserve price of the lot is not known to the bidders but looking at the weight of the bracelet ( 117.1 grams Solid American Gold ), the current selling value for someone who was going to melt the item down would be an estimated $5,200.

This is not the first time that a World Series of Poker (WSOP) winners bracelet has been placed on eBay, 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Peter Eastgate (a former PokerStars pro) placing his bracelet to the auction block and that auction ends in a little under an hour and a half of the time of writing this story.

Eastgate’s bracelet will be more desirable for poker fans due to the alteration in design of the bracelets that were made by the WSOP brand meant that the 18ct gold bracelet now features 291 brilliant cut diamonds on its face.

The action is currently running at $135,100.00 and has had 108 bids so far but with the bidding action already fierce, it could be set to get that little bit more intense.

Eastgate has to be given respect for allowing his bracelet to be sold, it would be the main talking point for many poker pros but he has opted to sell his reward and furthermore donate 100% of the final price being given to Unicef. Will the same thing happen with the 2011 WSOP Main Event bracelet?!