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Personalized Gold Bracelets to be Awarded at 2010 WSOP

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The 2010 World Series of Poker is set to kick off in Las Vegas on May 28, and there is no better way to get players excited than to report bracelet news. It is the ultimate goal of poker players to win a WSOP gold bracelet, specifically the one that comes with a World Championship victory.

The week prior to the start of the WSOP, an announcement was made regarding said bracelets. A new designer, award winning Steve Soffa will be creating the bracelets this year, unique ones for each player, and not only will they have a new style, but they will be engraved on site at the Rio immediately following each WSOP event win. Soffa’s company, On Tilt, will not only be handling the WSOP bracelets but offering a special line of poker-centric jewelry available at his store at the Rio.

Soffa and his company, On Tilt Designs Pty. Ltd. have entered into a multi-year agreement to work with the World Series of Poker. The 16-year veteran of the jewelry industry has provided jewelry to companies like Microsoft, Oracle, and Universal Pictures, to name a few. The fact that he is also a long-time poker player inspired him to create a bracelet for the biggest winners in the game, and the partnership with the WSOP allows him to do that. Along with CEO Shane McDowall of On Tilt Designs, who is also a poker player and well-known to Australian players, the two believe they know what poker players will want in a bracelet.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be tasked with creating the foremost trophy for poker players worldwide,” Soffa commented. “We have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the WSOP gold bracelets and we look forward to unveiling them to the world on May 28 at the Rio.”

After each player wins a bracelet, the on-site On Tilt team will go to work to engrave each bracelet with the player’s name and event details, which will then be presented to the player on the day following the victory during the public ceremony at 2:20pm in the Pavilion Ballroom. Players will also have the opportunity to make special requests regarding the engraving to personalize their bracelets further.

Suicide King by Steve SoffaThe bracelets are being crafted with a special solid gold clasp, the WSOP logo and card suits, and a design that claims to be comfortable as well as stylish. The 14K solid gold items will contain princess and round cut diamonds, and rubies and black diamonds will adorn the suits. Each bracelet will also come with a special wooden-lacquered displace box to house the poker trophy.

The bracelets for the Ladies Championship, the $50K Poker Player’s Championship, and the $10K Main Event will all be unique and designed separately from the other events’ bracelets. The Ladies Championship ring will be lighter and thinner than the usual bracelet, and the other two will have their own unique diamond patterns and eccentricities that will make them stand out from the others. For example, the Main Event bracelet will contain almost six ounces of gold, 550 diamonds, and weigh approximately four carats.

Mcdowall added, “The WSOP bracelet is one of the precious few things money can’t buy. The On Tilt collection aspires to cover everything else a poker player needs to look like a champion. I’m thrilled to commission a great artist to update the look of the WSOP bracelets and honored to team up with Steve Soffa on this special line of luxury goods for On Tilt.”

The collection to which he refers will be available at the Rio store, and it will include jewelry like pendants, watches, and rings for men and women, as well as other apparel, headwear, and accessories. The Rio store is called the Hardcore Watch Company and will feature the “Official World Series of Poker Collection” of merchandise. One of the limited edition items is the “Suicide King” watch, one that many will remember from Joe Cada’s 2009 Main Event final table appearance. Soffa designed the watch with poker players in mind, and Cada’s display of it as he won the Main Event garnered much attention.

Soffa is now the official designer of the WSOP, and the Suicide King has been dubbed the official watch of the 2010 WSOP. More information can be found at the Soffa website

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