This is the 1990 World Series of Poker Bracelet won by Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston Jr. for the $5000 Buy-in "Pot limit Omaha" Event that was held at Binion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas. The Bracelet is 14k gold and weighs 86.8g. It's an excellent piece of poker history from one of the original guys that made the game what it is today. Purchased by Christopher Herrell of Seguin Texas from Amarillo Slim's son who was selling it at a online Texas Estate Auction after his father passed away. Mr. Herrell has a notorized letter of authenticity that was sent along with the bracelet.
The poker world has come such a long way since Amarillo Slim was its most notable Ambassador. It has evolved to the point where there are actually trading cards similar to baseball cards. Furthermore, it is not uncommon to find signatures of today's poker stars written on various items selling on EBay. Generally, players are touted as great based upon their net earnings and/or the number of bracelets they have won. Currently, Phil Hellmuth leads with 12 bracelets followed by both Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson with 10 each. Amarillo Slim had won four World Series of Poker titles; however, not all came with a bracelet. This is his final WSOP bracelet for the $5,000 1990 Pot Limit Omaha event.
So what is the bracelet worth???? Valuing such a unique item is difficult, especially with nothing similar or comparable having been sold before. There have been a handful of WSOP bracelets that have changed hands in recent years; however, none of them has been associated with as big a name as Amarillo Slim. Sales prices range from T.J. Cloutier's bracelet for $4,006 to $147,500 for Peter Eastgate's. Brad Daugherty's WSOP bracelet was listed on EBay and closed with the high bid being $25,000, which did not meet the reserve price. Although helpful, these indicators of value can’t be considered comparable because of the need to take into account the contributory value attributed to the bracelet's legendary owner, Amarillo Slim.
Mr. Herrell is headed to the World Series of Poker in June to, among other things, value and potentially sell the bracelet. It would seem that Las Vegas is the place to market historic poker memorabilia; however, we are aware that there are poker enthusiasts around the world that have never been to Las Vegas. Mr. Herrell is willing to visit with anyone interested in acquiring this rare piece of poker history. All serious offers will be considered and kept private.
If you would like to make a private offer directly to Mr. Herrell he can be reached by email at