Champion of the world Peter Eastgate announces break from poker

ps_news_thn.jpgIn 2008 he became the poker world champion and a superstar. Now, Peter Eastgate is taking a break from the limelight as he strives for a more relaxed lifestyle.

A job as an elite poker player demands exercise, preparations and a tremendous amount of mental energy. After years of hard work at the biggest poker tournaments around the world, Eastgate, 24, has realized that he does not have the motivation to continue playing professional poker at this time.

As the WSOP Main Event is getting started in Las Vegas, it will therefore be without the former Danish champion. Eastgate has asked PokerStars to issue the following statement about his decision:

"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. The period following has taken me on a worldwide tour, where I have seen some amazing places and met many new people; it has been a great experience. In the 20 months following my WSOP win, I feel that I have lost my motivation for playing high level poker along the way and I have decided that now is the time to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life. 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. I want to thank PokerStars, my friends and family for their support over the last 20 months and for their support in my decision to take a break from poker."

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Peter Eastgate shows off his World Series bracelet

Since his WSOP win in 2008, Eastgate has been sponsored by PokerStars, the world's largest poker site. Here's the reaction of Michael Holmberg, PokerStars Nordics Director:

"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, Peter has played amongst world champions and he has carried his title in the most admirable fashion. Tournament after tournament, the young poker player from Odense, Denmark has achieved great results and has established himself as one of the greatest natural talents the poker world has ever seen."

As a result of his success he has the choice to pause his career with a solid financial safety net beneath him. The world championship alone earned him USD $9.15 million, and since then he has collected a substantial amount in tournament winnings. Apart from his extraordinary consistent tournament results, Peter Eastgate has won personal respect all over the world with his straightforward and honest personality.

Howard Swains
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