a poker player. I'm not good enough to play in tournaments, but I have
played once a week with buddies of mine for over 30 years. As a poker
player, I like to watch some of the poker tournaments that are
televised on cable stations. I think the bracelets they give to the
first-prize winners are really cool because they can be worn in public
and to other tournaments. But the acrylic trophies and silver cup
trophies they give out have always been somewhat less than impressive,
in my opinion. So I decided to make one!
The poker tournament trophy artwork (say that five times fast!) shown
here is waiting to immortalize YOUR victory in the poker world. The
letterbox and the playing cards are actually blank (see the detail
photos below). I added the lettering and the card-faces digitally so
that you could see how this artwork might look after you buy it to
commemorate your victory or that of a friend or loved one.
I chose Daniel Negreanu because he's my favorite professional poker
player. Not only is he one of the very best, but he is never
inappropriate at the table or anywhere else... always the nicest of
The lettering is correct... Daniel Negreanu did win the WSOP,
'08, $2000 Limit Hold'em tournament and walk away with the prize money
shown. I could not find online the final hand that won him the
tournament, so I made one up. I gave him a set of deuces on the flop
and a full house on the river. I hope he doesn't mind.
order this artwork - or a different custom made one - to
commemorate your victory, the lettering and the winning hand (included
in the price) will both be personalized to fit your victory. They will
be done in vinyl and
affixed permanently to the artwork, just as you see here for Daniel's
2008 victory. An example of real vinyl lettering, already gracing one
of my artworks can be seen here.
The photo to the right
shows how this artwork looks right now, that is, without the lettering
or the final hand added. In the actual artwork, the cards are whiter
than they look here and the letterbox is actually a gorgeous pink and
white swirl (handblown).
This artwork has a lot of sandblasted flash glass (two layers
of glass fused together while the glass was still
molten). The image below shows the $100 chips, which were made with
black-on-white flash glass. By sandblasting through the black layer,
the white layer is revealed. This photo also shows the true color of
the oak frame.
two more close-up photos.
The photo on the left shows the fireworks (stars) sandblasted into
blue-on-clear flash glass. The stars look white because the stream of
sand that blasted through the blue layer roughed up the clear glass
underneath, making it look white. Unfortunately, you can also see the
tree outside my living room window and my trash cans waiting for pickup
behind the blue glass. The tree and the trash cans are not included
with the artwork (sorry). The photo on the right shows the sandblasting
in the stacks of chips. It also shows the true color of the orange and
purple stacks of chips, which did not come out accurately in the main
|While this artwork depicts a
in a Texas Hold'em tournament, a victory for any form of
poker could be captured forever in a custom made stained glass
artwork. The style of this artwork also demonstrates
the possibilities for stained glass to grace a card
room or a game room in a home or commercial establishment.
Maybe the WSOP or the WPT will commission a bunch of these for
their first prize winners at some future time. If so, the lettering
could be modified to suit each event.
This poker tournament trophy artwork comes ready to hang in your home
or office window. The stained glass part measures 18" by 24". With the
oak frame, the final size is just over 21" by just over 27". The price
of this artwork is $3200, and that includes the lettering and the
winning hand (or the hand of your choosing) added to the artwork.
Contact me to get a price that includes wood crating and fully insured
shipping to your location.
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