Peter Eastgate comes Out of Retirement

Last time we heard from Peter Eastgate, he seemed to be distancing himself from casino poker in every way possible by putting his 2008 Main Event bracelet up for auction. And while most would consider this an omen that Eastgate is never coming back to poker, the PokerStars pro showed why you should never assume things after he officially came out of retirement yesterday.

Eastgate made his formal announcement through an online poker blog that read, “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.”

From Eastgate’s point of view, winning poker’s biggest prize change his life for the worse as he wrote, “For almost two years I was in a constant spotlight, traveling 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, I lost track of the most importing thing in my life… myself.”

The Peter Eastgate comeback trail begins on February 21st when he’ll play poker in the EPT Copenhagen Main Event. After this, Eastgate will play in the NBC Heads-up Championship (starts on March 3rd) one more time since he gets a three year exemption for winning the Main Event.

Going back to the bracelet sale, Eastgate shed some light on his thought process by writing, “I was not trying to devaluate the WSOP name. It was not sold to make any kind of statement. It was sold to raise money for UNICEF, and I am very proud and thankful that the sale raised £100,000 ($147,500) for the organization.”

Eastgate has now fallen to 11th on the live poker tournament winnings list with $10,904,211; however, you can bet that he’ll begin ascending the list now that he’s back.

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