Italian poker pro Massimiliano "Max" Pescatori is currently selling his 2015 World Series of Poker Championship bracelet on eBay and will donate the funds as relief for earthquake victims in Amatrice, a town located in central Italy.
The 46-year-old got the idea of selling/donating his WSOP bracelets from Olympian Piotr Malachowski, who sold his silver Olympic medal to help raise funds for a 3-year-old boy suffering from a rare type of cancer. After it was posted on eBay, a billionaire purchased the silver medal privately, and the money helped the boy to undergo the operation he needed.
The bracelet, put up for sale on eBay set at $6,000, is Pescatori's fourth one, which he won from the Stud Hi-Lo World Championship against Stephen Chidwick and Daniel Negreanu. The ad is written in both English and Italian. The WSOP bracelet up for sale is 10K gold and has 12 stones over poker symbols.
In the description of his sale ad, Pescatori wrote, "I'm happy to give this away for a good cause. What makes this item uniqueis that the list of WSOP event winners reads like a ‘Who's Who' of poker."
He hoped the reserve would be a low price and that the item would sell for much more. In the end of the ad he said, "This item is expensive. If you cannot afford to bid, please share with someone that can. Payments need be made with PayPal."
All of the proceeds from the bracelet will go to Capricchia nel Cuore, a charity organization put up by a poker colleague in order to help the devastated town recover after the earthquake struck last year. Currently, the group has bought and delivered mobile homes for the local victims who have lost everything they had in the earthquake.