Born in 1985 in Denmark, Peter Eastgate is the youngest World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event champion in history, taking home the 2008 WSOP Championship title at the ripe young age of 22 and subsequently knocking Phil Hellmuth’s win over Johnny Chan at the 1989 WSOP at age 24 off the record books.
Eastgate began playing online after graduating from high school in his native Denmark, and has been playing at a professional level ever since. He already had several impressive results on the live tournament scene before the 2008 WSOP, despite not being a regular live player. He made the final table of the Irish Poker Open in 2007, finishing in ninth place to win US$46,714. This was followed by a top 30 finish at the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Copenhagen event, worth another US$16,610. But this was nothing compared to what was to come in Las Vegas.
Eastgate made the final table of the 2008 WSOP Main Event, and after four hours of heads-up action against Ivan Demidov, Eastgate finally achieved what all poker players dream of – the most prestigious Championship title in the game, the bracelet and a huge cash prize – which in Eastgate’s case was US$9,152,416 in cash. He also entered the record books as the youngest ever Main Event winner at just 22 years of age.
With his total live tournament winnings currently at US$9,245,611, Eastgate is also now one of the highest-earning players in the history of the game – 11th place on the all-time money list.