Peter Eastgate joins Betfair Poker

Posted on by RTR Dave

From winning the 2008 WSOP Main Event to retiring from poker at the age of 25, Peter Eastgate has had one of the most fascinating poker careers ever. And he’s added a new chapter to this highly interesting career after signing with Betfair Poker.

Signing with the London-based poker site, Eastgate makes it clear that he’s no longer retired from poker. The Denmark native recently spoke about coming back to poker by saying, “I had a 10-month hiatus where I didn’t play poker, and I felt the lust to play poker again because I still enjoy the game, and there’s still lots of challenges to the game.” Eastgate continued by adding, “I’m not by any means the best player in the world, so there’s still a lot of challenges.”

The 26-year-old Dane initially shocked the poker world by retiring from the game in July 2010. During a retirement speech, Eastgate said that he had achieved his goals of becoming financially independent through poker. “Icegate” lost his motivation to continue playing the game, and has only appeared in one poker tournament (2011 EPT Berlin) since March of 2010.

Of course, that is all set to change since the former PokerStars pro should be representing Betfair in plenty of upcoming tournaments. And, given that Peter Eastgate ranks 11th all-time with $10,918,443 in live poker tournament winnings, the poker world will have one of its brightest stars back. His biggest victory remains the 2008 WSOP Main Event title ($9.15m), but he also won a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure side event ($343k), and finished second in the 2010 EPT London ($844k).

As a member of Team Betfair, Eastgate will join Hans Vogl, Welshman John Tabatabai, and newly-signed Stefan “SirRaffay” Raffay – who has earned $494,788 in live poker tournament winnings, which includes taking a 2006 Danish Poker Championships title.

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