Peter Eastgate Unretires from Poker

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2011. February 11.
Which has been rumored for some time is now official: <em>2008 WSOP Main Event</em> winner <strong>Peter Eastgate</strong> returns to poker after deciding to retire last summer.
Peter Eastgate
Peter Eastgate

The 24 years old poker champion announced his retirement in 2010, after cancelling his participation at the 2010 WSOP side events, instead, he visited the South African Football World Cup.

"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." - stated Eastgate last summer.

This pokerless time has ended however; Eastgate released a blog post on PokerStars Blog stating he plans to come back to playing poker. He plans to participate in the 2011 EPT Copenhagen, but he will also play at the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship starting February 21.

"I do not consider this a comeback, as I always knew there was a good chance I would play poker again. During my hiatus from poker, PokerStars have been very supportive. Therefore, I am pleased that I will start out with playing two events where I will be sponsored by PokerStars. First, I will be playing the PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen which of course means a lot to me, since it is on my home ground. Then I will play the NBC Heads Up Championship. I am fortunate that PokerStars have the best online tournaments, so I have an opportunity to get back in tournament shape." - writes the Danish pro about his return. He also commented on him auctioning his 2008 WSOP bracelet which was quite controversial:

Peter Eastgate Bracelet
Peter Eastgate's Bracelet

"There have been some questions about the sale of my WSOP bracelet. I was not trying to devaluate the WSOP name. It was not sold to make any kind of statement. It was sold to raise money for UNICEF and I am very proud and thankful that the sale raised £100,000 to UNICEF"

Eastgate has $10,904,211 of live tournament winnings, with makes him 11. on the all-time money list.

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