WSOP auctions off final-table memorabilia

Deathmatch at the Rio
More than $9 million sat on that table, and now it could be yours - the table, not the cash.

Still searching for that perfect Christmas gift idea for the poker player in your life? The World Series of Poker and XP Events may have the solution for you.

The two organizations have joined up to auction off authentic memorabilia from the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table.

The auction is going on right now and will run until Nov. 24 on Some of the items up for grabs are decks of cards, a dealer button, table felts, signage and more.

The big-ticket item will be the final table itself. The person who wins the auction for the final table will be able to sit in any one of the November Nine seats - though you can bet the one seat any winner will want to be in is the one that Peter Eastgate sat in to win the event this year.

"This auction is the ultimate bragging rights for any home game player, to own a piece of the game's history," said Ty Stewart, WSOP director of marketing and corporate alliances.

"This is the first time that the public has had the opportunity to bid on authentic items from the World Series of Poker Main Event, and the centerpiece of the auction will be the Final Table itself. We have very passionate fans and we expect this auction to generate a lot of interest."

Of course, you may need Eastgate's $9 million in winnings just to have a shot at winning the auction for the final table. There's one bidder on the item so far, but that bid is $25,000.

If you're looking for something a little more affordable, three bidders have already started battling for the dealer button and have run the bid over $100 so far.

The auction is conducted by XP Events, which recently completed a multiyear agreement to serve as the official branded-merchandise provider for the WSOP.

XP Events distributes and markets WSOP merchandise across multiple retail touch points, including the online store.

If you would like to read about the history that was made at the WSOP final table this week, check out the PokerListings 2008 WSOP coverage.


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