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Play now! Bracelets have nothing to do with making money in playing poker. But even so they represent skill and achievement, something poker players around the world seek. So when World Series of Poker winner Peter Eastgate announced that he has sold his gold and diamond championship bracelet for $147,500 on eBay many were shocked, some insulted.  But since Eastgate plans to donate the proceeds to the children’s charity UNICEF, it's kind of acceptable and even admirable. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the online auction attracted 116 bids. The buyer was not disclosed. Eastgate originally listed the bracelet at $16,000.

Eastage is a 24-year-old from Denmark who earned $9.15 million and the bracelet for topping a field 6,843 players during the $10,000 buy-in No Limit holdem World Championship in 2008. Eastgate is now  retired from poker. A couple facts on the WSOP bracelet- it is made from 168 grams of 18-karat white gold and 291 diamonds.

E-Gaming Review Awards announces Poker Operator of the Year: The E-Gaming Review Awards ceremony took place at the Honorable Artillery Company in the heart of London on 24th November 2010. The event was hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, and was attended by over 800 people from the gaming industry.  Next-generation poker room PKR celebrates another big win after picking up the highly sought after Poker Operator of the Year at the 2010 E-Gaming Review Awards ceremony that took place in London this week.

The award  means that PKR is the holder of both major industry Poker Operator of the Year awards, having won the IGA version in January this year.  They were up against a strong field which included household names such as PartyGaming, 888 and William Hill Online, judges praised PKR for demonstrating how originality and constant innovation could build a successful business in the face of liquidity challenges.

PKR was founded in 2004 by serial entrepreneur Jez San.  It is headquartered in Camden, London with over 100 on staff and over 4 million registered users.  They have won numerous awards including ‘Hotshot Operator of the Year’ at the 2008 E-Gaming Review Awards, ‘Poker Operator of the Year’ at the 2010 International Gaming Award and the UK’s fastest growing technology company in the 2010 Sunday Times Tech Track 100.


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