Eastgate defeated Russia's Ivan Demidov in heads-up play early Tuesday morning to claim the 2008 WSOP Main Event title, emerging champion of the November Nine in front of a crowded Penn and Teller Theater in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and in the process becoming the youngest-ever winner of a World Series Main Event.
It was, for the most part, a dominating victory for the young Dane, who after briefly surrendering his chip lead early in heads-up play soon regained his form and then cruised to victory, picking off a number of Demidov's bluffs on the way to building an insurmountable chip advantage.
Eastgate, a Jerry Yang and an interview with the champ shortly after his thrilling victory, which you can read all about it right here. We've also got a sweet recap of the action up on PokerListings TV and we encourage you to hear hostess Paula Elle's retelling of the day's events.
The World Series of Poker is now over for 2008 and the November Nine experiment concluded. Whether or not it has been a success is debatable, but anyone who was in the Penn and Teller Theater for this, the most spectacular final table in the history of the game, still might not be ready to crown poker a sport, but they'll surely attest that it can pull off the look when it wants to. Congrats to the finalists and to the WSOP for an incredible event.