NEWTON, Massachusetts -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Aaron Todd, a reporter with Casino City, is one step closer to trading his way from a sixty-cent check to an entry in the World Series of Poker after swapping 500 poker chips from GoldenPalace.com for a basketball signed by the 1975-76 Indiana Pacers.
Lee Adams of Fishers, Indiana, offered the trade after seeing that the chips were available in the barter section of Indianapolis' craigslist.org.
In the fall of 1975, Adams won an auction run by his local PBS television station to be a "Pacer for a Day." He was issued a team uniform, participated in warm-up drills and sat on the bench during an exhibition game that night.
Todd was a little hesitant to trade for the ball at first, since the red, white and blue ABA ball had such personal significance to Adams. He was surprised, however, when he asked Adams why he wanted to make the trade.
"My priorities in life have changed immensely over the years," Adams said. "I still enjoy sports and follow current events as I have time. But I am a father of eight children, seven of which are special needs and adopted.
"I actually had (the ball) in a box and when we recently purchased a new home I found it and began thinking about what I should do with it. I have an album that chronicles that night, so that will always be my keepsake."
Todd received the ball this week and is now accepting trade offers. To see pictures of the ball, or to make a trade offer, visit www.sixtycentmainevent.com.
Todd's quest for the WSOP began when he won sixty cents in a free Internet poker tournament on PKR.com. He planned to play real money games with his sixty cents until he either made $100 or lost it all, but PKR.com decided not to allow U.S. customers to play for real money after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act passed in late September.
PKR sent him a check for his winnings and he decided that rather than cash the check, he should trade it. He plans to keep making trades until someone offers to trade him a seat in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker.