Reporter makes third trade in quest for WSOP seat

23 May 2007

NEWTON, Mass (PRESS RELEASE) - On Monday, Casino City reporter Aaron Todd completed his third transaction in his quest to trade his way from a sixty-cent check to an entry in the World Series of Poker, trading an ABA basketball signed by the 1975-76 Indiana Pacers for two small pieces of a house that Jimi Hendrix lived in from ages 10-13.

Pete Sikov of Seattle, Wash., made the trade offer and the two completed the trade in Boston while Sikov was in town to attend his daughter's college graduation.

Sikov, the current owner of the house, has been trying to preserve the historic landmark for nearly a decade. After being forced to move the house twice to avoid demolition, Sikov finally found a permanent home for the house in nearby Renton, Wash., right across the street from where Hendrix is buried.

A recreational poker player who admits that he doesn't play as much as he used to, Sikov found out about Todd's trading project by reading the barter section of Craig's List in Seattle. He thought it was a fun project and wanted to be involved.

Todd received two small pieces of the house and a notarized certificate of authenticity. To see pictures of the house and the certificate, visit

Todd's quest for the WSOP began when he won sixty cents in a free Internet poker tournament on He planned to play real money games with his sixty cents until he either made $100 or lost it all, but 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.

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