23-year-old Tomas Junek from Czech Republic is the latest gold bracelet winner after defeating, for example, the 2008 Main Event Champion Peter Eastgate on the final table in Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (2,798 players participants) earlier today. Apart the gold coveted bracelet, Junek received $661,022 in prize money.
Many former WSOP Main Event finalists and winners have been doing quite well at the 2012 WSOP. Now it's the 2008 main event champion Peter Eastgate's turn as he's among the last 4 players in Event #56: No-Limit Hold'em, a tournament that saw a field of 2,798 players, and has the chance of winning his second gold bracelet.
Peter Eastgate, the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event winner, is the newest member of Team Betfair Poker. The Ex World Champion retired from poker in 2010 but is now back in business as he's planning on playing several major tournaments. He will make his first appearance wearing the Betfair logo at the 2012 WSOP Main Event in July.
So what has Peter Eastgate been up to since he quit poker in 2010? Watch the video below and find out for yourself :)
We are just hours away from the biggest and most prestige filled tournament in the poker world, the World Series of Poker Main Event! Most of the big names in poker are going to take part this year and we can expect a huge prize pool since the 2011 WSOP has seen many record fields. The Main Event is a 13-day event with 4 starting days.
Peter Eastgate has since he won the WSOP Main Event 3 years ago already stopped playing poker once, then returned to the poker scene again and sold his WSOP bracelet on Ebay. There has been a lot of things going on in Eastgate's life since the big win in 2008, and it doesn't seem like he has any problem to spend the money he won.
"Sometimes in life a person can feel lost and wake up one morning not recognizing who he is. Last summer that was how I felt. Prior to winning the WSOP in 2008, my life was very much a good solid routine of playing online poker and hanging out with my friends and family. Winning the WSOP changed that. I relocated to London and started a new life, the life of a high profile poker pro. For almost 2 years I was in a constant spotlight, travelling from poker tournament to poker tournament, doing thousands of interviews and never had a chance to catch my breath. In the whirlwind that followed winning the WSOP I lost track of the most importing thing in my life, myself.Read more » Peter Eastgate is back for round two! Here is his statement
Peter Eastgate, the 2008 WSOP Main Event winner, retired from poker last summer and not long ago he sold his bracelet on eBay - in order to gather money for charity. The bracelet was sold for not less than $147,000 to an anonymous buyer. Ever since the bracelet was sold, there have been many speculations who the buyer might be.
A few days ago, one could read in the Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet that it was Willie Haughey, a Scottish businessman and poker player (won an EPT side event back in 2008), who bought the bracelet for stunning $147,000. However, neither Eastgate or Haughey have confirmed this yet.
He said it in advance he was gonna get it, but eventually he had to give up. Tony G did not get a hold of Peter Eastgate's bracelet, which famously went under the hammer for the massive amount of $ 147,000.
In his most recent blog Tony G says, his bid was well over $ 100,000 but eventually he had to give up, since he after all has his limits. According to Bluff Magazine the bracelet has probably been sold to a poker site, and if Tony G knew that, he probably also realized that the poker site have a greater disposable income than he has.Read more » Tony G didn't get Eastgates bracelet
76 out of 243 players who started Day 2 are now through to Day 3 of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event, which will start in a few hours. Notable players that have made it to Day 3 with decent stacks are Team PokerStars pro's Peter Eastgate (302,000 - 9th place) and Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (243,800 - 16th place). 2 other big names can be found further down in the field, Juha Helppi & Anette Obrestad. In the lead is Csaba Toth with 561,900 chips. Almost 150k chips behind him are Fabian Gentile (413,300 - 2nd place) and Stig Rossen (411,200 - 3rd place).
56 of the remaining 76 players will get a piece of the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
232 came to start in Day 1b of the EPT Copenhagen Main Event. 138 players made it through the day and will now join the other 113 players (from Day 1a) today when Day 2 of the tournament kicks off. Peter Eastgate, the 2008 WSOP CHAMP, played very well in Day 1b of the tournament as he managed to accumulate 128,300 chips (4th place). A few other notable players that played very well in Day 1b of the tournament were Sebastian Ruthenberg (130,000 - 3rd place), Juha Helppi (120,600 - 6th place), Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (113,700 - 14th place).
Further down in the field are Ramzi Jelassi, (Swedish poker pro - lots of great live tournament results), Luca Pagano (Italian PokerStars pro & probably the most successful EPT player ever?), and Tomas Brolin, the Swedish ex-football pro who has played in many EPT events in the past few years - without good results.
The 232 players who have made it to Day 2 will now fight for a piece from the total prize pool of 14,212 DKK (about €1,9 million dollars). The winner will get about €500,000.
Day 1a of EPT Copenhagen delivered a lot of action, mainly because of the Scandinavian, aggressive style of playing poker. However, there is a Canadian (Andew Pantling - 155,800 chips) who has come out on top. Although a few notable players have dropped out of the Day 1a field - Martin Kabrhel, Thomas Bichon, Jeff Sarwer etc - there are still some really big names who have made it to Day 2 of the Main Event.
Just to mention three of them, Annette Obrestad, Johnny Lodden & Dario Minieri. Day 1b of the tournament will most probably be even more action filled and interesting to follow as William Thorson, Luca Pagano, ElkY, Peter Eastgate and many other big names will take part.
TOP 5 players of Day 1a Andrew Pantling - 155,800 Johnny Ostbjerg - 117,100 Christian Togsverd - 116,100 Patrik Kaltrud - 133,200 Kristian Kofoed - 110,500
Today, the Main Event (Day 1a) of EPT Copenhagen kicks off. This is the ninth stop on the EPT tour and for sure the one we will see most Nordic stars in. Just to mention a few of the players that are going to take part, Peter Eastgate, Johnny Lodden, Anette Obrestad, William Thorson and Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson who just received the Rookie of the Year award in Nordic Poker Awards.
EPT Copenhagen will run between 16/2 - 21/3 and it will of course not only include the Main Event. However, we will keep you updated regarding the Main Event (since we believe it's the most important event and also the event with the largest prize pool) in our news section, so you won't miss out on the action!
Even though the majority of the biggest names in poker can be found in the U.S. today, there are still plenty of good players in the Nordic countries as well. To honor the top players from Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, PokerStars is once again arranging the Nordic Poker awards (previously Scandinavian Awards) before the EPT stop in Copenhagen, Denmark, February 15.
The 3 biggest names among the poker players who have been nominated this year are Peter Eastgate (Denmark), Patrik Antonius (Finland), Ilari Sahamies (Finland). All three of them won an award each last year.
The final table of EPT Deauville only included 1 really big name, Peter Eastgate, the Danish PokerStars Pro. Peter Eastgate was quite shortstacked when the final table kicked off yesterday and unfortunately he had to leave the final table already 1 hour into the tournament. Almost an hour later it was time for the next knockout. This time it was Michael Fratty who had to leave the tournament after that his pair of queens were beaten by Jake Cody's pocket kings. After this, it didn't take long before Jake Cody took out another player. This time it was the shortstacked player Stephane Albertini who had to leave the tournament as he ran into Cody's pocket aces with his K9.
2010 EPT Deauville Main Event attracted a record field of 768 players, which included some really big names. However, most of them were sent packing during day 2 and 3 of the tournament. Beltrand "Elky" Grospellier went out in 9th place (on the bubble) after that he had missed a flush draw against pocket aces. These are the 8 players that will fight for the first prize of €847,00 today.
Seat 1: Claudius Secara - 795,000 Seat 2: Jake Cody - 4,650,000 Seat 3: Michael Fratty - 1,595,000 Seat 4: Teodor Caraba - 6,915,000 Seat 5: Peter Eastgate - 695,000 Seat 6: Craig Bergeron - 3,135,000 Seat 7: Stephane Albertini - 3,555,000 Seat 8: Mike McDonald - 1,815,000
429 players signed up for Day 1b of the EPT Deauville Main Event. The field included some really big names, just to mention a few of them, Peter Eastgate, Greg Raymer, Betrand "Elky" Grospellier, Freedy Deeb, Luca Pagano and Ludovic Lacay. All of the players above, except Greg Raymer, made it to Day 2 of tournament. Luca Pagano (picture) had the best possible start in Day 1b and has accumulated a stack of 185,000 chips. Luca will bring the second most chips to Day 2.
The chip leader from Day 1a, Robert Cezarescu, is still in the lead with 216,900 chips. However, Robert Cezarescu, will have to face a much stronger field in Day 2 of the tournament, as the most pros played Day 1b of the tournament. 405 players will return to the tables at noon today to play Day 2 of EPT Deauville. A total prize pool of €3,686,400 is up for grabs, and the winner will get €847,000.
A total of 186 players came to start Day 1b of the tournament. The field included lots of big names. However, the most notable players were Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Luca Pagano, Peter Eastgate, Huck Seed, Vanessa Rousso, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and Sorel Mizzi. Unfortunately Mizzi, Eastgate, Ruthenberg and Huck Seed were all sent packing during the day.
Only 107 players survived Day 1b. They will join the other 76 players from Day 1a later today as Day 2 of the tournament starts. In the lead is Jeff Sarwer with 143,000 chips closely followed by Rob Yong (125,000) and Jim Collopy (122,400).
Most of the Team PokerStars Pro's that made it to Day 2 can be found in the middle of the field. Just to mention a few - Luca Pagano, JP Kelly, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Henrique Pinho.
Up for grabs is now a prizepool of €1,561,700. The winner will get €404,793 and the second place finisher €257,681.
The first Day of EPT Vilamoura has now been played. 136 players came to start and 76 of them made it all the way to Day 2 of the tournament. Among the players that will play Day 2 we find bracelet winner Marc Naalden and WPT Champion/EPT Champion Jason Mercier, just to mention 2 notable players. The one that will bring the most chips from Day 1a to Day 2 is Ljubomir Josipovic from Australia.
Day 1b of the tournament is being played at the moment and it includes a much more intersting starting field than Day 1a. Just to mention a few notable players: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Huck Seed, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Vanessa Rousso, and Peter Eastgate.
PokerStars Baltic Poker Festival in Tallinn, is a very popular event that most of the PokerStars PRO's usually takes part in together with lots of PokerStars qualifiers. This year was no different.
Day 1a and b have now been played, and 307 players made it till Day 2. Out of these 307 players, 120 are still in the tournament. In the chip lead we find Bo Kjaer Erichsen from Denmark with 76,600 chips. On second and third place are Ermo Kosk and Aleksandr Lozikin. Both of them are from Estonia and also have equal stacks of around 70,000 chips.
2 of the most notable players in the remaining field are JC Alvardo and Peter Eastgate (PokerStars PRO's). Even though both of them are running good at the moment, they still have a long way to go and many really good players to face.
The American, Aaron Gustavson, won his seat to EPT London through an online satellite at PokerStars. But well in the Main Event he showed that he's not only a great online poker player, but also great at playing poker live. He had twice as much chips as Peter Eastgate (2nd place) and Martin Gudvangen (3rd place) as the Main Event Final Table of EPT London started, and this big lead he had no plans to let go off.
It came to be Aaron Gustavson and Peter Eastgate who stayed in the lead all the way to heads-up. At this moment, Aaron, had twice as much chips as Eastgate. But as we all know, Peter Eastgate, has a lot of experience when it comes to televised final tables when the pressure is on top. However, Aaron, managed to remain calm, and it took him no time to knock out his final opponent (Peter Eastgate).
The Main Event of EPT London has been one of the most interesting and exciting tournaments for a quite some time. Especially for those who have followed the World Champion and PokerStars Pro Peter Eastgate and his amazing comeback in the tournament.
Peter Eastgate had to fight really, really hard to make it to Day 3 of the tournament. But during Day 3 he showed everyone that it takes more than luck to become the World Champion as he played fantastic poker throughout the day. Thanks to his great play in Day 3 he had now built up a quite big stack and was on 10th place out of 24 remaining players.
111 players made it to Day 3 in the Main Event of EPT London. Among them were some of the hottest names in poker at the moment. For example: Annette Obrestad, Peter Eastgate, Kevin Schaffel, and many more.
The tournament organizers had planned to play down to 24 players in Day 3 of the tournament, but for a long time it seemed like it wouldn't be that way. It was just thanks to some very late eliminations that everything went as planned. Among the 24 survivors we find some of the youngest and most successful players there are at the moment.
The main event of EPT London attracted a huge starting field this time. Not less than 730 players took part this year (about 100 more than last year). Of the 730 players who signed up for the main event - 111 of them will play Day 3 of the tournament. Among these 111 players we find some really hot names at the moment in the world of poker. However, the 2 most interesting players to follow in Day 3 have to be these 2.....
Denmark is well-known for having one of the most heavy-handed taxation codes of any country in the EU. Peter Eastgate who took down $9.1 million when he won the WSOP last November, was taxed at a 45% rate for the first $4 million he earned and at 75% for the remainder of the money, leaving the youngest WSOP champion ever with an estimated $2.5 million in prize money.
The Danish Supreme Court ruled that a 35 year old unemployed man who had been making a living as an online poker player, would have to be taxed as a "professional gambler", similar to the tax rate of Peter Eastgate. Over the past year, he allegedly earned around €26,000 from playing at several online poker sites.
The Supreme Court did, however, refuse to enforce the DKK 5000 fine (€670) issued by a lower court, his resulting tax bill ends up at €11,700.
Eric Hansel, the founder of EGM Green, designs the world's only eco-friendly casino tables and furniture. He also provides LEED consulting services and a full suite of green consulting, including wind, solar, co-generation, and geothermal audits and implementation for casinos, hotels, spas and homes. However, Eric Hansel made the world's first eco-friendly poker table this year and brought it to Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, he let 36 of the most successful players through the history of poker sign the unique poker table.
6494 players paid the buy-in of $10,000 and took part in the main event in the world series of poker this year. Of all the 6494 participants, 646 players will receive a piece of the total prize pool of $64,940,000. Even though $64,940,000 is a lot of money, it's still not as much as in last year's main event.
Carlos Mortensen, who had a great chiplead before the final table, went to everyone's surprise out on 5th place. Instead it came to be a battle between Tom McEvoy (1983 Main Event winner) and Robert Varkonyi (2002 Main Event Winner) in heads-up.
20 poker players that all have won the WSOP Main Event took part in the same tournament (Champions Invitational) yesterday. In the lead before tonight's final table is Carlos "The Matador" Mortensen (42,375 chips) with Tom McEvoy close behind (31,000 chips).
Phil Hellmuth's own publishing house has just released a new book called "Deal Me In". The book is about 20 poker players, their way to success and their lives before making it pro. Players like Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nguyen's life time storys are included in the book.
The two played heads-up in 2008's WSOP Main Event final table and Eastgate became the youngest player ever to win the main event in WSOP. From now on they will be teammates and fight for titles in the name of PokerStars as both of them just have signed a sponsor contract to become a part of Team PokerStars Pro's.
Daniel Negreanu keeps on losing big money in the popular TV show High Stakes Poker. In the last episode of high stakes poker he lost everything he had on the table so he had to re-buy for another $200,000 to stay in the high stakes game with blinds of $400/$800.
Peter Eastgate became the youngest player ever to win a WSOP Main Event last year. Aside from the event bracelet, the 9.1 million dollars and all the fame and glory he got from winning the biggest and most prestige full poker tournament in the world, he continues playing great poker and taking down new tournaments...
Today the European Poker Tour makes a stop in the capital city of Czech republic, Prague. The tournament will be played between 9 - 13 December at the Hilton hotel in Prague and the max capacity of participants has been set to 600. The buy-in for this tournament will be €5000 and all players will start with 10,000 tournament chips each. The crew behind the tournament hope that the this years prize pool will beat last year's prize pool of around $3.5 million dollars. Read more » EPT Prague starts today
The Danish world champion Peter Eastgate is participating in the Party Poker Premier League. He lost his first heat where he was playing against some of the biggest names in poker. This tournament has a lot of stars playing and you will see players as Annette Obrestad, Devilfish, Andy Black and Roland de Wolfe. The American player JC Tran is also playing and he was the one to bust Peter Eastgate out of the heat.Read more » Peter Eastgate off to a good start in PartyPoker Premier League
According to Danish law and some tax experts, Peter Easgate might have to pay 45% tax on $500,000 and 75% tax on the rest of the winnings after that he won over 9 million dollars for the 1st place in WSOP Maint Event a few days ago.
The 2008 WSOP has finally come to an end after months of waiting. The final heads up match between Peter Eastgate and Ivan Demidov did not last as long as many expected.Read more » Peter Eastgate wins 2008 WSOP
After 117 days of long waiting, the WSOP (Maint Event) final table was finally about to take place. Millions of people around the world were about to see 9 players (who already were guranteed $900,670 each) fight for the 1st place and the titile "WORLD CHAMPION".