It began with a deal between Akke Functional Art and World Poker Tour Enterprises. Owner of Akke, Axel Yberg, would design and construct a one-of-a-kind poker table destined to be a prize for the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Season XI Player of the Year. The result is arguably the most inspired, incredible, beautiful, and expensive custom poker table in the world.
Axel gave his creation the name “All-In”. It’s cliche, yes, but it’s a nod to all the people that helped him make it happen. On a personal level, it symbolizes the fact that when he commits to something, he gives it everything he’s got; mentally, physically, and emotionally. “When I’m excited about an idea, the first thing I say is, ‘I’m all in!'”
“All In” required over 600 man-hours of labor to create. The surface was constructed using fifteen species of exotic wood (including: Madagascar Ebony, Rosewood, Purple Heart, Zebra Wood, Wormy Maple, English Brown Oak, Black Locust, Claro Walnut, Quilted Maple, Sycamore, Cherry, Catalpa, Black Walnut, Quarter-Sawn White Oak, and live-edge Ash). The base was fabricated with gold-painted plumbing pipes and fittings, and Edison Reproduction Light Bulbs.
The vectors that bisect each angle on the perimeter of the table are made from Madagascar Ebony and Rosewood. Their colors, black and red, represent the suits in a deck of cards. This idea is carried into the turnbuckle drink holders, which are designed as a quadrant of Black Walnut and Cherry. The organic nature of the live-edge Ash on the perimeter of the table symbolizes the fact that the game of poker requires complex thinking, as opposed to a systematic game like Black Jack. To be a successful poker player, you must have plenty of skill, nerves of steel, and a good amount of luck. The steel horseshoes that surround the WPT logos symbolize that combination. The five diamond cutouts in the center of the table are a nod to the legendary Doyle Brunson and the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic. And of course, the gold pipes that make up the base represent the bling associated with Las Vegas.
“All-In” will be awarded to the WPT Season XI PoY in May, 2013.