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Peter Eastgate Finishes in 78th place at the 2009 WSOP Main Event

Defending WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate was sent home in the later stages of Day six of the 2009 WSOP Main Event on July 14th, 2009. Eastgate was hoping to make history by becoming the 1st player of the modern era to win back-to-back Main Event titles. Incredibly, Eastgate outlasted a total of 6,416 players to come within seventy-seven participants of repeating as a Main Event champion.

The Danish poker pro was very disappointed after his elimination. He said that his performance exceeds all his expectations but it is disappointing to get this close to a good finish but that is how it goes. Now a Team PokerStars Pro member, Eastgate built his poker bankroll by playing online with the name "Isser" in some of the biggest stakes games. Last year, Eastgate outwitted 6,843 players to become the youngest World Series of Main Event champion at just twenty-two years old.

Since then Eastgate has had some good scores at the PartyPoker Premier League and the 2009 PCA aside from serving as an ambassador for the game. It was different experience for Eastgate in the 2009 Main Event as his opponents played a little differently because they are more familiar with his play and that influenced him to play a little differently. It seemed to work for the poker pro who made it through 6 days of the Main Event. Eastgate got slightly unlucky in his final card hand when his two top pair was edged out by a 4-flush.

It was a sort of redemption for Eastgate, who did not cash in any of the preliminary events. Eastgate said that he had played poorly, which he was not satisfied and happy with. But he feels that he has played decent in the Main Event and only made a few mistakes. Eastgate will take home $68,979 for finishing in 78th place.

While a far cry from the $9 million he won last year, it is still a significant amount. Surprisingly, Eastgate was survived by another member of last year's November 9 as poker pro Dennis Phillips was still alive with chips at the time of the champion's elimination. Eastgate plans to go back home for a couple of days to rest before his next big poker event.


07/21/2009, Tuesday
Todd Sanders

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