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World Series of Poker crowns new champ

Nov 11, 2008 7:40 PM

by GT Staff |

The World Series of Poker came to a dramatic conclusion late Monday night when 22-year-old Peter Eastgate of Denmark outlasted Ivan Demidov of Moscow, Russia.

Eastgate becomes the youngest World Series of Poker champion in history. In addition to the world’s title, Eastgate walked off with $9.1 million, while Demidov "settled for" $5.8 million.

The heads-up battle took place at the Rio, where the final table was held the previous night.

This was the first year the World Series’ $10,000 buy-in championship event had its final table delayed four months from the initial field in July.

Eastgate is a 22-year-old professional poker player, who was born in Denmark but spends much of his time in London (UK) playing poker.

Eastgate’s win instantly vaults him up to second place on the WSOP all-time money winners’ list. Only 2006 world champion Jamie Gold has won more prize money, at $12,067,092.

Eastgate says he plans to go with his parents on a vacation after his victory. "I love my parents," he said. "I want to treat them as I have always treated them – with love and respect."

Eastgate admitted to being only a break-even player during the first two years he turned pro.

For a complete report of the WSOP finals, see next week’s GamingToday beginning Tuesday.

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