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$.60 to $10,000? Trading his way to the Main Event

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Aaron Todd didn't think much of it in the summer of 2006 when he won sixty cents in a freeroll on After all, it was a freeroll. And it was less than the price of a cup of coffee. His plan was to keep playing until he lost whatever money he had built it into, but then Congress passed the UIGEA last fall and stopped accepting wagers from US players.

Todd, a writer for Casino City Times, says on his website "I cashed out and asked my readers what I should do with my sixty-cent check. One suggested I try to trade it for something better. So here I am, trying to turn my sixty-cent check into a World Series of Poker Main Event entry through a series of trades. And while my plan may seem ridiculous, it's no more ridiculous than the UIGEA."

He traded that check to for a custom set of 500 poker chips commemorating some of their more outrageous publicity stunts, including a tattoo across boxer Bernard Hopkins' back and branding a US Open streaker's body.

"On the surface, this might not seem like a good trade for us," said CEO Richard Rowe. "But we though this was a great opportunity to get in as the first trader and help Aaron achieve his goal."

Recently Todd traded the chip set to Lee Adams for an ABA basketball signed by the 1975-76 Indiana Pacers, before the Pacers merged into the NBA when the ABA folded. Adams won an auction to be a "Pacer for a Day" and received the ball as a souvenir of his day as a benchwarmer for the Pacers in 1975. Adams saw the trade offer on Craigslist and swapped his souvenir ball for the chip set.

Now Todd has a piece of basketball history up for trade, trying to work his way up in trade value to the $10,000 seat in the WSOP Main Event. We'll keep you posted on his progress, and hope to see Aaron Todd at the Rio in July. To trade for his basketball and get him his seat in the Main Event, email Todd at

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