WSOP Champion Peter Eastgate Felt Like A Degenerate Gambler

In 2008, Peter Eastgate was on top of the poker world after winning the game’s most coveted title, the $10,000 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. At 22 years of age, the Danish pro was the youngest player ever to achieve the feat, although he has since been surpassed by Joe Cada, 21.
However, attaining all your ambitions and the huge $9,119,517 prize he collected for his success has been a double-edged sword for Eastgate, who in 2010 then announced his retirement from the game. At the time, Eastgate complained of having lost his “motivation for playing high-level poker”, and give or take a few minor returns to the tournament circuit, Eastgate has not recorded a tourney cash since May 2013.
Recently, however, PokerListings reporter Dirk Oetzmann caught up with him while attending a WSOP Circuit event in the country of Georgia. Eastgate was apparently there on the request of the stop’s main sponsor, Adjarabet, and in a revealing interview the 30 year-old gave an insight into his life post becoming the 2008 WSOP champion.
One thing Eastgate makes clear is the pressure poker can have on some players, and especially the dangers of falling into addictive patterns of behavior. In the poker world, the story is repeated over and over again, and as Eastgate explained:
“I grew tired of how my mood depended so much on how I fared at the tables.. I was an addict, a degenerate gambler, but at some point I just got fed up,”
Quite often, gambling addiction can lead to such player losing all their money, but fortunately Eastgate says he is still “economically independent”, and that at his present moderate lifestyle he has enough money to last “the next 70 or 80 years.”
As far as poker is concerned, Eastgate says that he does play some $1/$2 cash games from time to time, and while he follows some poker news, he has little interest in finding out how much players such as Viktor Blom wins or loses over the period of a week, comparing it to following a stock that he doesn’t own.
As to how he was able to originally win his own life-changing sum almost nine years ago, Eastgate explained:
“My intelligence is probably average and I have nothing to tell me that I was predetermined to win such an amount of money. I was just born at the right time and went into the game at the right time.”
It would seem choosing when to quit the game has also been an equally  important consideration for the 2008 WSOP Main Event champion.


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