WSOP Bracelet of ‘Captain’ Tom Franklin on eBay for $50,000

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WSOP Bracelet of ‘Captain’ Tom Franklin on eBay for $50,000
04 Jun

While poker players the world over are currently bracelet hunting at the 50th annual WSOP, old-time poker pro ‘Captain’ Tommy Franklin wants to part with his only WSOP bling, listing the item on eBay for the asking price of $50,000.

Franklin's gold bracelet was captured in 1999 in $2,500 Limit Omaha that resulted in a $104,000 payday. Hoping to fetch almost half that from a buyer seems rather ludicrous, especially since the resale market for WSOP bracelets has typically been on the low side.

The 68-year-old poker pro has been cashing in live poker tournaments for decades, his lifetime payouts totaling in excess of $3.2 million. Tommy tops the all-time money list of players from Mississippi, more than doubling his nearest pursuer.

Franklin's exploits both on and off the poker tables have been well-chronicled over the years, including his best-ever cash of $434,025 for winning the $5,000 buy-in Fourth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic in 2005. The captain was also mentioned quite frequently in online poker forums a decade or so ago, allegedly involved in one of the more salacious poker stories ever told - a tale that eventually ended in tragedy for Brandi Hawbaker.

There are currently no bids listed for his 1999 WSOP gold bracelet, with 15 people keeping an eye on the action - or lack of it.

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Charles is a Chicago native and long time poker player who dusted off his journalism degree and began writing about poker following the events of Black Friday in 2011. He has written for a number of leading poker websites, offering his insights and expertise on subjects ranging from online poker leg...Read more


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