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Bracelets - how did that start? - Tue Sep 27, 2011, 04:21 PM
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Just wondering about the history of the 'bracelet' as a poker token of winning. Most sports have Cups, some have Plates, both useful for eating and drinking purposes. The bracelet seems a bit of an odd choice of 'trophy'. I don't wear any jewellery myself, (not since the wedding ring got thrown in the Firth of Forth) and I can see the practical value of being able to wear a bracelet and take your trophy around with you in an easily manageable form, around your wrist or ankle (or wherever else they may fit....). I have always seen the bracelet as a lesser item of jewellery to the necklace, which in turn is lower ranked than the tiara and so on up to the crown.

So any ideas why the bracelet is iconic in this game?

(btw - yes - I have been at the sherry again)

Ed from Edinburgh - EdinFreeMan
 
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Tue Sep 27, 2011, 05:06 PM
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No clue...except it sure looks like a 70's thing.
There were ID bracelets for young folks "going steady" as well as bracelets worn that belonged to Viet Nam servicemen that were overseas. At least in the U.S.
The first time I saw one it reminded me of those.
 
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Tue Sep 27, 2011, 05:19 PM
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Not sure about the why's of the bracelets,but from 1971-74 the winners received a "corny looking" trophy as described be Becky Behnen,the daughter of WSOP founder Benny Binion. In 1975 it was a sterling plate. Since 1976 it's been bracelets.

And if the charges against the board at Full Tilt turn out to be true Ferguson and Lederer may be wearing a different kind of bracelet altogether.
 
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Tue Sep 27, 2011, 07:56 PM
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I guess 'man-jewelry' was bigger back in the day?


('Mr. T' the original, and his remake with gold at over $1500 an ounce ... recession 'Mr. T' )

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Tue Sep 27, 2011, 08:03 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TrustySam View Post
I guess 'man-jewelry' was bigger back in the day?


('Mr. T' the original, and his remake with gold at over $1500 an ounce ... recession 'Mr. T' )

Now you did it...

Glen Beck and his end of days azzhat brigade at Buygold are gonna cold call Rampage to death.
 
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Wed Sep 28, 2011, 12:41 AM
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Now you did it...

Glen Beck and his end of days azzhat brigade at Buygold are gonna cold call Rampage to death.


Just spent over 2 hours in the Premier League to earn like -2 points, so I couldn't think of anything witty to say


Those gold buyers are a little hit or miss, eh? My mom and her friend brought some of their old jewelry from the good old days to get assessed by this guy, as seen on tv, just for kicks:



He offered them enough to go like have coffee and a couple of donuts ... maybe my dad can dress up as 'old Mr. T' for halloween or something

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Wed Sep 28, 2011, 09:57 PM
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Hey Trusty, I knew you were from TO (Toronto to those not familiar with the short form) as soon as I saw "Oliver" in the pic. Funniest post I've seen in a while.

Herk (from nearby Waterloo)
 
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Wed Sep 28, 2011, 10:08 PM
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The wider world is fairly familiar with major Canadian city names - I have even been taught to pronounce it 'Tronno' - though I have to admit I don't know much about that big bit in the middle. Sasckkatchewenyy thing - whats that about?
 
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Thu Sep 29, 2011, 02:51 AM
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Bracelets have not always been awarded. In 1970, the winner (by vote) received a Silver Cup.
Between 71 and 74, the winner received a Trophy.
In 75, the winner received a Silver Plate.

The tradition of receiving a bracelet for winning an event began in 1976, however in 80 and 81, there were 2 bracelets awarded to players who did not win any events (H.D. "Oklahoma Johnny" Hale in '80, Chip Reese in '81). These gold bracelets were given in recognition of being the "Best All Around Player" at the tournament (they are not now considered to be the equivalent of bracelets "won").

2007 saw the first award of a bracelet for a tournament played outside Las Vegas (Thomas Bihl, H.O.R.S.E. 2500 pound buy in event winner at the World Series Europe event, London England).

2008 saw Jesper Hougaard become the first player to win both a WSOP and WSOPE (World series Europe) bracelet.

2011 saw the first bracelet awarded for the World Series Circuit National Championship (Sam Barnhart)

All this info can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_S...Poker_bracelet
 
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Thu Sep 29, 2011, 03:52 PM
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What ever happened to the red jacket? (Like the Masters green jacket) I think it was last given to Robert Varkonyi - 2002 World Series of Poker main event.
 

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