WSOP 2017: Join Liv and Igor's team! Your chance to own some WSOP history
With only one day left until play begins on the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, you might think your chance at getting your hands on a bracelet from the 2017 series had passed. But that's not true.
Although Scott Blumstein, John Hesp, Antoine Saout, Ben Pollak, Jack Sinclair, Bryan Piccioli, Damian Salas, Ben Lamb and Dan Ott still have designs on picking up the last jewel-encrusted piece of wrist-wear of the summer, there's one more way for you--for anyone--to grab themselves a piece of coveted WSOP jewellery, and to do some great work for charity in the process.
Last week, the Team PokerStars Pro duo of Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov persuaded the World Series hierarchy to give them a "spare" bracelet from their $10,000 Tag Team tournament triumph. As you no doubt saw, Boeree and Kurganov got the series off to a flying start with victory in the WSOP's first open event. But there was only two of them on the team and four spaces. It meant there were two more bracelets than people to win them--and Boeree and Kurganov snapped up one of them to raise some money for charity.
As co-founders of the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity, Boeree and Kurganov spotted an opportunity to do some more good for their worthy causes. They got the bracelet from the WSOP and started an ebay auction, with all proceeds going straight to the charity.
"If you haven't won a bracelet during this year's WSOP, this is one of the last chances to get one," Kurganov says. "And you can support great charities in the process."
REG supports all manner of carefully selected ethical concerns, promoting poverty alleviation, animal welfare, and risks from emerging technologies, among others. Along with fellow pros and co-founders Philipp Grussem and Stefan Huber, Kurganov and Boeree already donate huge portions of their poker incomes to REG. The bracelet sale offers one more opportunity to raise funds.
"We don't really need the bracelet but there are people who desperately need our help," Boeree says. "For them a donation to the right charity can make a real difference."
The starting price for the bracelet was $2,000 but at time of writing, at least $10,000 is heading to REG as a result of the sale. And hurry up! The auction closes at 7pm PT tonight, so you don't have much time to get in a bid.
This is your chance to own a piece of WSOP history, to join Boeree and Kurganov's team, and to make sure your money goes to a most worth cause where it can do certain good.
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