What’s the meaning of 4-4-7-7-A?

by , Jul 3, 2008 | 5:25 am

Good thing Michael DeMichele didn’t win, or the inscription “Standing the Test of Time” might seem a little presumptuous.

Chuck in Fort Worth writes in with some kudos and a question about the Chip Reese HORSE trophy. I do not know the answer, but I am betting somebody Kevmath does.

Hey Dan,

As like all your other Texas poker god-children I have enjoyed following the WSOP on Pokerati along with your interesting and lively commentary. I have a question that I am sure you can answer for me. I am some what of a trivia buff and enjoy storing meaningful but otherwise useless information in my brain. What is the significance of the hand on the Chip Reese H.O.R.S.E. Trophy, 4 4 7 7 A. Is that the hand that won the tournament for Chip Reese in 2006? Just curious. Hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks for writing in, Chuck. From what I understand the intent of the trophy is to make it sort of a Stanley Cup of Poker. We’ll see if that works — frankly I think that will be difficult because it has too many sharp edges, looks to be awkwardly weighted, and is made of metal that is more likely to break than bend. The Stanley Cup is the Stanley Cup, after all, not only because it is hoisted/passed around by full teams — hey, I suppose that’s another issue altogether if, say, Full Tilt had it one year, Ultimate Bet another — but also because it can be dented when taken to a party with Pantera thrown off a balcony into a pool. Those sorts of legends will be hard to create with this award … but still, it’s a good to have, I can only presume.

5 Comments to “What’s the meaning of 4-4-7-7-A?”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    Yes, that’s the hand that Chip won with in the inaugural HORSE event (Chip held AQ on the J-7-7-4-4 board). Also worth noting is that the player who wins gets to keep the top half, while the bottom half stays with the WSOP where it’ll be engraved with the winner’s name each year. “Standing the Test of Time” was what Chip said when asked if this makes him the best poker player in the world.

    Details found at http://www.pokerpages.com/poker-news/news/david-chip-reese-trophy-awarded-at-the-world-series-of-poker-30962.htm

  2. Fawcett

    Also worth noting is that the trophy looks like something you could get at “Things Engraved” at the mall.

  3. DanM

    Interesting on the detachment. cool, I suppose. I still woulda gone for a medieval battle helmet, but oh well …

    And Fawcett, that’s where I used to get poker trophies for The Lodge!

  4. Alicia

    I heart Chuck!

  5. Tuscaloosa Johnny

    I understand the original plan was to have a trophy shaped like a horse, but due to an unfortunate mistake at the engraving shop they ended up with a donkey trophy and had to move to Plan B.