Peter Eastgate was first introduced to poker by his classmates
while he was still in Dalum - a suburb of Odense, Denmark. He went
on to study Economics at Aarhus University, but dropped out to
pursue poker full-time.
Perhaps Eastgate's most significant victory to date is his 2008
World Series of Poker Main Event win, which saw him take the first
place prize of $9,152,416. Following his big WSOP, Peter cashed in
the European Poker Tour and finished second in the 2009 London EPT.
As of 2010, Eastgate's live tournament winnings amounted to nearly
In July 2010 Peter Eastgate released a statement through his
sponsor - PokerStars.com - saying that he would be taking a break
from live tournament poker. He commented that it was only ever his
intention to play poker until he became financially independent,
and that he had lost his motivation for playing high-level poker in
the 20 months following his WSOP win. In February 2011 Eastgate
announced that he would be returning to poker.
Interesting Fact: Peter Eastgate sold his WSOP bracelet for
$100,000 so that he could give money to UNICEF. He donated the full
$100,000 to the charity.