If your dream is to own a World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet, this might be your chance. And you won’t even have to dodge bad beats and win races to get it! Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, decided on Monday to auction off his Main Event bracelet on eBay. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the United States Fund for UNICEF.
Eastgate, a native of Denmark, outlasted 6,844 players en route to his 2008 win. At the time, he became the youngest player to ever win the Main Event, surpassing Phil Hellmuth, who won at the age of 24 in 1989. The win netted Eastgate an astonishing $9,152,416.
In a press release about the generous donation to UNICEF, Eastgate stated, “Of course, I still have great pride in my title, but I will never use the bracelet. I thought they could better benefit from the bracelet. Hopefully it will do a lot of people good.”
Earlier this year, Eastgate announced that he was retiring from poker. In that statement, he said, “When I started playing poker for a living, it was never my goal to spend the rest of my life as a professional poker player. My goal was to become financially independent. I achieved that by winning the WSOP Main Event in 2008.”
The charity in which the proceeds are to benefit, UNICEF, stands for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. The charity was created on December 11, 1946. Today the charity “provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.”
Currently, the bracelet has three bids, with the highest being $16,300. Want to bid? Click here to go to eBay and check out the auction.