Peter Eastgate To Skip World Series of Poker Main EventPublished on 2010-07-06 22:33:00
In early June, Peter Eastgate revealed that he would only be playing in one tournament at the 2010 World Series of Poker - the main event.
1. He wanted to watch the World Cup.
2. Lack of motivation for "small" WSOP events.
3. He prefers European summers over Las Vegas summers.
Well, according to a statement released by Pokerstarsblog.com (link below) earlier today, Eastgate will also be skipping the main event as well.
Eastgate released this statement earlier today:
"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."
Peter Eastgate has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success on the live tournament circuit, despite being just 24 years of age.
Eastgate rose to prominence in 2008 when he managed to win the World Series of Poker main event for over $9.1 million. He followed this up with a first place finish in a $5k prelim event at the 2009 PCA ($343k), and a second place finish at the 2009 EPT London main event ($843k).
Peter Eastgate is currently in sixth place on the all-time money list with career earnings of nearly $11 million.
It will be interesting to see when (or if) Eastgate returns to the tournament circuit.
Source: PokerstarsBlog.com - Champion of the World Peter Eastgate Announces Break From Poker
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