08-04-2006, 09:44 AM
Poker Nerd (and Admin)
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: bottom pair and a flush draw
ABC Gifts And Awards' Poker Trophies
Average Price: Varies
Member Review by: jojobinks
We have been looking for a home game trophy for a while. The bracelets that are readily available are of the medical ID type, or are just plain junk. Iíve been to some tournaments where ďLive StrongĒ-type bracelets are awarded, but we wanted something flashier. We want something nice, and a little gaudy; it should be a trophy we can show off. Weíve even gone down the fake-bling road, using poker-related pendants with chains. Even these look cheap and junky.Price
ABCís trophies do well for the criteria we set up. They range from super-gaudy (Big Slick) to plain (Cracked Ice), but any one you choose is pretty efficient for the dollar.
Big Slick pedestal trophy $64.95Looks
Updated Clear Backdrop set $44.95
Clear Cracked Ice set $20.95
Billboard Plaque trophy $16.95
The billboard plaque trophy, while the most affordable, is my favorite. Itís simple but unique. Iím a bit put off by the standard trophy with the guy on top bowling (or hitting a volleyball, or whatever). This thing has a cool look to it, and the color printing on the plaque is hot, in my opinion. Of course, it sports the quad aces, which isnít as strong a hand as on the other trophies, as weíll see, but a pretty strong hand nonetheless, I hear. Reviewers Comments
The second least expensive award is the cracked ice. Theyíre basic, get-it-done-type trophies. Check the link and pics; what you see is what you get with these.
Next up the price scale is the clear backdrop set. The clear backdrop set has more of the traditional trophy look. It features a royal flush (see, stronger than quads!) not once but twice (cheater)! The base is faux marble (not to be confused with faux clay), but topped with real marble, and topped with the golden hand. The clear backdrop is cool, but the entire look is a bit gaudy, I think. At $21 for a set, these are certainly reasonable.
Finally, thereís big slick. This thing goes beyond gaudy into the ridiculous, in a way that is absolutely awesome. The base and plaque are huge, and it features a big silvery hand (holding the royal flush, of course) with gold-colored fingernails. This is a pricey trophy, but seriously, short of an expensive bracelet, I donít know what else you might want. Itís big, chunky, clunky, and funny as hell!
Iím not sure Iíll ever be a regular purchaser of these or any other trophies. I like to pump up the ďimportanceĒ of my events, but people just arenít very willing to put in money for this sort of stuff. That being said, if I were to go the trophy route, ABC seems to have the niche locked up. Most of the items would be good for a traveling trophy like the "Stanley Cup", where the winner must bring it back to the next event.