WSOP upgrades champ’s bracelet

Jun 13, 2006 5:11 AM

For more than 36 years, winning a gold bracelet at the World Series has stood as the game’s ultimate accomplishment. This year, the World Series will feature redesigned winners’ bracelets as well as a champion’s bracelet as unique as the honor of wearing it.

"It’s impossible to overstate the value of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet to anyone who takes the game seriously: It is the equivalent of winning the Stanley Cup in hockey or the Lombardi Trophy in football," said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack.

This year’s WSOP will feature a total of 45 events in which players will have an opportunity to win a gold bracelet. Forty-four winner bracelets will be crafted from 14-karat yellow gold, enhanced with full-cut white diamonds. The center plaque is hand set with 66 diamonds weighing one-third of a carat and is supported by roughly 35 grams of solid diamond cut rope chain.

The champion’s bracelet — awarded to the winner of the $10,000 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event — will be crafted from 14-karat white and yellow gold, with full-cut white diamonds. The plaque is handset with 170 hand-picked diamonds weighing more than six carats.

The bracelet’s center features uniquely shaped precious color stones to represent the suit designs — a heart-shaped ruby for the Heart suit, a princess cut-shaped ruby for the Diamond suit, a heart-shaped black sapphire for the Spade suit and three round black diamonds for the Club suit. The bracelet’s plaque is supported by roughly 58 grams of solid diamond cut rope chain.