2008 WSOP Champion Peter Eastgate announces Retirement

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The online poker world has already seen one famous young player retire from the game this year.  Canadian Michael McDonald shocked internet poker players in April when he announced that he no longer had any desire to play poker.  Not to be outdone, 2008 WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate recently announced that he will no longer be playing poker either.

Eastgate, who has a high-profile blog on PokerStars, talked about his decision to quit casino poker by writing, “When I started playing poker for a living, it was never my goal to spend the rest of my life as a professional poker player.  My goal was to become financially independent.  I achieved that by winning the WSOP Main Event in 2008.”

Peter Eastgate’s future is definitely up in the air too as he continued by stating, “What this will be, I do not yet know.  I have decided to take a break from live tournament poker, and try to focus on Peter Eastgate, the person.”

Many are surprised by Eastgate’s decision to stop playing poker hands altogether including PokerStars itself.  PokerStars, which provides people with some of the best online poker deals in the world, issued a statement of their own that read, “We know that poker will miss this world class player and world class role model, but PokerStars has only the deepest respect for Peter’s decision. Poker is about determination and excitement and if Peter lacks this in his game, the right decision is to take a break.”

Eastgate shot to stardom after winning the Main Event in 2008.  He won over $9.15 million for the victory, and became the youngest Main Event poker tournament winner ever (he was recently passed by Joe Cada).  At just 24 years old, Eastgate has plenty of time to decide whether or not he wants to return to the game in the future.

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