2008 World Series: Demidov defeated, Eastgate makes history

Peter Eastgate wins 2008 World Series of Poker

Peter Eastgate has just become the youngest ever winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event at age 22.

The players saw a flop of 2d-Ks-3h. Ivan Demidov checked and then called a bet of 1,250,000 from Eastgate. The 4c fell on the turn. Demidov checked, Eastgate made it 2 million, and Demidov raised to 6 million. He had nearly half his stack in the middle. It was clear, this was the end.

The 7 s fell on the river. Demidov moved all-in and Eastgate snap called. Demidov held 2h-4h for two pair, but it was no good against Eastgate's A-5 wheel.


Every successful competitor can visualize his win. Whether a star quarterback or competitive eater, the mental movie that plays in the hours leading up to the big show always ends in the same. The hero wins. If you can't see it happening in your own mind, you can never make it happen in real life.

In the dream script Ivan Demidov wrote for tonight's feature attraction, this was not how he expected the third act to play out.


We'll be back in just a bit with a full wrap-up of tonight's heads-up battle.

Brad Willis
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