In a week where a new Champion Jonathan Duhamel won his WSOP bracelet, a recent former WSOP Main Event Champion, Peter Eastgate has decided to donate his coveted WSOP Main Event Championship bracelet to charity by having it listed on auction site, eBay. Why would a Champion give up such an important symbol of accomplishment? Anybody who knows Peter closely can vouch that he is a generous and kind hearted giving person.
Eastgate won the first place prize of $9,152,416 after a two-day final table consisting of 274 hands that took 15 hours and 28 minutes to play. It was the second largest poker prize of all times, beaten only by the $12 million won by Jamie Gold in 2006. By winning the Main Event at age 22, he became the then youngest WSOP Main Event champion, surpassing Phil Hellmuth who was 24 when he won in 1989. Eastgate’s record lasted en entire year and was beat by 2009 Champion Joe Cada.
Eastgate officially retired earlier this summer saying that he has lost the drive and determination in the game and is ready to call it quits.
Apart from his WSOP victory, Peter Eastgate was an accomplished tournament player having amassed more than $11,311,881 in career winning and a very successful online cash player.
The unique piece of a Corum bracelet weighs 168 and is made of 18kt White Gold paved with 291 diamonds and the face, which says “World Series of Poker 2008”, is Hand painted in silver and decorated with black and red card suits. The bracelet is listed for $16,000 and the money raised from the sale is going to UNICEF (United States Fund).
About this nonprofit:
U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports child survival, protection, and development worldwide thru education, advocacy, and fundraising. For every child: Health, Education, Equality, Protection, Emergency Aid, such as Haiti Earthquake Relief and supporting those affected by the floods in Pakistan.
Thank you Peter.