Bracelets for WPT Winners – Genius Idea! Wait a Minute…

by , Apr 8, 2008 | 5:58 am

The World Poker Tour has announced that a ceremony will be held on April 21, during the WPT World Championship at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, to award bracelets to each of the 96 past WPT champions.

What a great idea! To memorialize a poker tournament victory with an expensive piece of jewelry that symbolizes the grandeur of what those players accomplished… Wait, haven’t I heard this idea somewhere before? It’s just not coming to me at this moment…

Anyway, the private Ceremony of Champions will take place at the “O” Theater at the Bellagio, where the players’ victories and accomplishments will be celebrated, and each will be awarded a Tiffany & Co. personalized titanium and diamond bracelet. Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten will be the Masters of Ceremony.

From the press release:

“There are so many incredible stories to celebrate from the six World Poker Tour seasons and we are thrilled to pay tribute to each of our WPT Champions,” said WPT Founder, President and CEO, Steve Lipscomb. “The championship bracelet has become synonymous with poker as a symbol of achievement and respect, and we are honored to continue the tradition that Benny Binion began over 30 years ago.”

When Benny Binion began the tradition… DOH!

The World Series of Poker has bracelet events, and now each WPT event will be a bracelet event. Really? I don’t want to say that one company is trying to be like another, but… Is there no other way to congratulate poker players than with a bracelet? What about a gigantic 25-pound bejeweled poker chip? Or a diamond-encrusted wallet to hold all of their dough?

Originality is dead.

7 Comments to “Bracelets for WPT Winners – Genius Idea! Wait a Minute…”

  1. Ed

    hell..just free hookers and blow would be something different.

  2. Drizztdj

    If Mike Matusow wins one does he get an ankle bracelet with GPS tracking instead?

  3. DanM

    Previous Pokerati Invitational champions can tell you Medieval battle helmets are the way to go. That or big wrestling belts.

  4. Mean Gene

    They gotta go with jewel-encrusted belts. Heck, poker has enough parallels with wrestling already–the nicknames, people wearing goofy clothes–that belts would be fit right in.

    Imagine it–Norman Chad is interviewing Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, and all of a sudden the room is filled with some hard-charging anthem and Chad says, “Wait, is Mike the Mouth here??” and Matusow races down the aisle and hits Raymer in the back of the head with a chair. And the two flop around on the ground for awhile before Doyle Brunson fires a pistol in the air and says, “Alright fellas, that’s enough of that”. Seriously, you wouldn’t need cards anymore.

  5. DanM

    Gene, your talents and insight are clearly being wasted on the internet.

  6. BJ Nemeth

    I have to admit it — I think Gene is on to something. I hate wrestling, but I would watch the HELL out of that!

  7. tbonezz111

    Really… all we can ever do anymore is just pick up something that works and copy it? Maybe a better way to think of it can be seen here.