Make me an offer for 500 poker chips

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Last summer, I won sixty cents in a free poker tournament at I planned on playing until I lost it all, but decided not to take U.S. players for real-money games when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. 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 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.

Currently available

Limited edition Super Bowl XXXVI football signed by former New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri. Trade includes certificate of authenticity, and also includes autographed picture of Patriots' safety Rodney Harrison. Want more information? Go to the trade post. Want to make an offer? Shoot me an e-mail at . Want to know how I got this far? Go to the trading history.

Trade number four!

Thanks to some recent local publicity, word is getting out about my quest to trade my way from a sixty-cent check from an Internet poker room to a seat in the World Series of Poker. In fact, I've just finalized the details of my fourth trade.

I'm trading two pieces of Jimi Hendrix’s childhood home for a limited edition Super Bowl XXXVI football signed by former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri.

Josh DiPietro made the trade offer after reading about Sixty Cent Main Event in The Boston Globe.

Josh is a sales manager for Herb Chambers, a giant chain of car dealerships here in the Boston area. He has collected a lot of sports memorabilia, but tells me that he is hoping to make room in his house as his family is growing. Josh is the father of an 18-month old daughter and has a son on the way.

He wanted the pieces of the Hendrix House because he’d like to give them to his son someday. Josh’s father was a very big Jimi Hendrix fan. Sadly, he died in a boating accident five years ago and never met his grandchildren.

“I just thought it would be something he’d love to have,” Josh wrote to me in an e-mail. “Thinking of some of his songs brings me back to some of the good days and good memories.”

I’ve already had one piece of sports memorabilia, and when Josh initially proposed this trade, I hesitated because I didn’t want to repeat myself. But I don’t think there is a more appropriate person to trade with than Josh. I’m very happy that the pieces of the home will end up with someone who will treasure them.

Josh and I will be meeting up tomorrow to make the trade. I'll post pictures of the ball as soon as I can.

So now I have a limited edition Super Bowl XXXVI football signed by Adam Vinatieri available for trade.

Vinatieri was the hero in that game, the first of three Super Bowl wins for the New England Patriots. He hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give the Patriots a 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. It was the first time that a Super Bowl had been decided by a scoring play as time expired. Vinatieri, who was signed by the Indianapolis Colts last year, won his fourth Super Bowl ring last season.

So what do you have to trade? I’ll consider every offer, the only criteria is that the trade get me closer to my goal of a seat in the World Series of Poker. Remember, this is a limited edition Super Bowl XXXVI football, autographed by the man that decided the outcome of the game. There's only three weeks until the start of the Main Event, so let's start hearing those offers!


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