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Former WSOP Winner, Peter Eastgate, Takes a Break

by Poker Team

The World Series of Poker Main Event is the crown jewel of the poker community. Every year, thousands of poker pros and amateurs make the pilgrimage to the Rio Hotel and Casino to take their shot at becoming a poker immortal. For the fortunate few who manage to succeed and win the championship, their names will live forever. Past winners generally come back for more, longing for the opportunity to feel victory once again, though the odds of them doing so are quite remote. Since Chris Moneymaker’s win effectively launched the poker boom, no other Main Event winner has even made a final table, much less recaptured the crown. One former winner in particular has decided to skip the event altogether, to the surprise of most poker pundits.

In 2008, Peter Eastgate burst onto the scene and become the youngest Main Event winner, knocking down the distinction formerly held by 10-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. The win brought Eastgate riches that previously he could only dream of attaining and the fame that went along with being a new ambassador of the game.

Now, just 20 months later, Eastgate has announced he will be taking an extended break from the game, citing a loss of motivation for the game. In a statement, Eastgate said,

“In the 20 months following my WSOP win, I feel that I have lost my motivation for playing high-level poker along the way and I have decided that now is the time to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life.”

This seems like a rather mature decision as many players would keep chugging along and likely ruin their bankroll along the way. He is grateful however, for the opportunities that his poker playing has opened up to him. He said,

“The period following [my WSOP victory] has taken me on a worldwide tour, where I have seen some amazing places and met many new people; it has been a great experience.”

Eastgate followed up his Main Event win with an astounding 68th place run at last year’s finale, one of the most impressive back to back runs in history.

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