While Phil Hellmuth's record of being the youngest WSOP Main Event winner stood firm for nearly 20 years before it was broken by Peter Eastgate, Eastgate's record was replaced just one year later. Nonetheless, this impressive young player from Denmark has shown some amazing skill. He has some immense accomplishments under his belt already, and is continuing to show a commitment to the game.

Like many other poker players, Eastgate was introduced to the game at a young age. It happened while he was in Denmark, attending the equivalent of high school at the Canute's Gymnasium. He continued to follow in the footsteps of other great players by dropping out of college to pursue the path of the professional poker player.

Eastgate began making noteworthy tournament placings in 2007, when he made a final table finish at the Irish Poker Open. The European Poker Tour and PokerStars Caribbean Adventures all landed him respectable amounts of money. However, it wasn't until his presence in the 2008 WSOP that people started to turn and look. He won his way into the WSOP through satellite at an online poker site.

He played through the tournament effectively, landing in the number four spot for chip count at the final table. He survived down to the heads up and then beat Demidov, another young player new to the WSOP brackets, for a massive prize pool. His victory in this final head to head wasn't surprising. He went into this last stage of the tournament with significantly more chips than his opponent, and by the time the final move was made, he had bled Demidov down to about 10 percent of his own chip stack size.

Quickly rising through the ranks, Eastgate has already passed the $10 million mark for tournament winnings, and doesn't show signs of stopping any time soon.


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