Team PokerStars Pro grabs Eastgate, Demidov

teampro-thumb.JPGTeam PokerStars Pro has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent months. Now, it has leaped as high and bounded as far as it can.

PokerStars announced this morning that it has signed 2008 World Series Champion Peter Eastgate and runner-up Ivan Demidov to its roster of Team PokerStars Pros. Ever since you saw the two sit down face-to-face for the epic World Series battle, you somehow knew they would end up in the elite Team Pro stable. It was just a matter of when it would happen. The "when" just happens to be today.


Though by this point neither man needs an introduction, we have a few readers who spent the last year under a rock (don't ask--it was for science), so here's a little bit about the newest members of Team Pro.

Peter Eastgate started playing cards as soon as he graduated from high shcool in Denmark. It took him little time at all to go from rank amateur to one of the world's biggest winning players. After a few mid-five-figure wins in his early career, Eastgate went to work at the 2008 World Series of Poker. After two weeks of work, a four-month delay, and a two-day final table, Eastgate did what few have been able to do before him. His $9 million win at the 2008 World Series Main Event made put him among the world's elite. Just to prove it wasn't a fluke, Eastgate went to the PCA a couple of months later and took down a side event for nearly $350,000. You can now find Eastgate just about everywhere--live tournaments, playing online at PokerStars, and even on High Stakes Poker. Look for him at PokerStars under the very intuitive screen name "PeteEastgate."

For his part Ivan Demidov doesn't seem content to be just another footnote in World Series history. The one-time StarCraft player and university math major couldn't wait for the World Series final table to play out last November. So, while he was waiting for his chance at the bracelet, he did what no other person could in 2008--he made another one of the biggest final tables in the world. In September 2008, Demidov took third place in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for $608,995. Then, just a couple of months later he came tantalizing close to the biggest bracelet of all. Still, his runner-up finish at the World Series in Vegas earned him $5,809,595--enough to make him the biggest winning Russian poker player of all time. Now, you can try--and we stress the try part--to get a piece of that purse by looking for the screen name "Ivan Demidov" on PokerStars.

You will be seeing both players on the PokerStars circuit very soon. In fact, you just might see them when the 2009 Spring Championship of Online Poker kicks up today.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming Eastgate and Demidov to Team Pro.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro