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Former World Champion Peter Eastgate Quits Poker

Young Dane Says He Wants to 'Focus on Peter Eastgate' and Takes Break From Poker on Eve of World Series Main Event

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Peter Eastgate quits pokerFormer World Series of Poker main-event champion Peter Eastgate has dramatically quit poker on the eve of the tournament which thrust him into fame and fortune.

The 24-year-old Dane released a statement through PokerStars.com, his former sponsor, saying, "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."

Eastgate won the WSOP main vent in 2008 and collected just over $9 million for his victory.

A PokerStars spokesperson said, “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.”

 
 
 
 

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dare2
almost 4 years ago

Obviously a complete human being on his way to a better life. His parents should be commended for raising him to value more than just money.

 
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JamesScou
almost 4 years ago

here here!

 
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bmpek
almost 4 years ago

a poker player who is not a sick gambler. best of success with your new life

 
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TXMaxx
almost 4 years ago

Nothing but well wishes and the best for you Peter, the life of a gambler is not for everyone and only a few ever make it big. Good Luck

 
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chrisbest
almost 4 years ago

Nice move.
Best wishes young man!

 
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TheFly
almost 4 years ago

Hard to believe this isn't just a result of a stretch of bad variance bringing him down. That and perhaps the hectic travel shedule and living out of a suitcase that Stars had him on. Got to believe he'll be back with a clear head after a break of some time.

 
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xdeuceswild81xx
almost 4 years ago

he will be back for next years main event

 
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mrsteve
almost 4 years ago

excellent idea, dont nwaste ur life sitting in a smelly old casino next to smelly old egomaniacs who r simply gambling until they can take advantage of someone less adapt. its not much of a life. good luck

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
almost 4 years ago

Best of luck to him.

P.S. We all need a break from poker...

 
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llmd
almost 4 years ago

Enjoy your life Peter. Means to an end, that's all.

 
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imalittlefish
almost 4 years ago

Does anybody see the "REAL" surprise here????............... bmpek didn't make a negative and rude comment about something, WTF? Are you turning a corner bmpek?

 
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floppedynuts
almost 4 years ago

someone less adapt?

i'm also going to do something else with my life, maybe poker or just laughing loudly on public transit

 
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chitter23
almost 4 years ago

In the movies the thief always looks for that one big score before he calls it quits. But the big score inevitably goes wrong, or the thief doesn't know how to hang it up because it's all he knows.

Peter Eastgate obviously knows more than poker and all I can say is.....rock and roll, man. Make the world a better place.

 
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takedown
almost 4 years ago

mr steve's description of poker sounds a lot like our middle class jobs. Financial independence is the key word to this whole story.

 
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ACrod
almost 4 years ago

Finally! A real classy, poker champ whose priority in life does not revolve on the game alone. Instead, he used poker just as an instrument to search for his real goal,

To Peter: Your candidness is really admirable. I am sure you will find what you're looking for. Good luck.

 
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texasroadgambler
almost 4 years ago

"Smart lad to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay" "Shropshire Lad"

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
almost 4 years ago

I was reeading this story and all the great comments and truly enjoying everything about...unitl....the very end, when the inevitable happened. Which is ...of course...TESASTURDGOBLER....had to inflict his pathetic attempt to convince us all of his mighty intellect, by throwing some obscure quote that no one gives a crap about....just to show us all how brainy he is. How utterly pathetic. I have a 4 letter word for you Turdgobler...it is spelled like this...

STFU

 
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SevenKidsPoppy
almost 4 years ago

Utterly classless remark.

If you want to rant, rant against this bogus headline. Eastgate is taking a break from poker, by his and 'Stars' admissions, not quitting the game.

 
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lostntheflop
almost 4 years ago

I was actually pretty impressed/surprised to see the A.E. Housman quotation above. Very apt use of it indeed. The set of poems as a whole are actually very insightful with regards to youth. Oldeskool...well...there's really not much that needs be said.

 
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