Eastgate dethroned at 2009 WSOP Main Event

Peter Eastgate
Seems like only yesterday...

Defending Main Event champion Peter Eastgate was eliminated in the later stages of Day 6 of the 2009 Main Event on Tuesday.

Eastgate was seeking to make history by becoming the first poker player of the modern era to go back-to-back in the Main Event.

Incredibly Eastgate outlasted 6416 players to come within 77 players of repeating as champion. The Danish pro was understandably disappointed after his elimination.

"Well it obviously exceeds all my expectations," he said. "It's a bit of a disappointment to get this close to a big result but that's how it goes sometimes."

Now a Team PokerStars Pro, Eastgate built his bankroll by playing as feared online player "Isser" in some of the highest stakes games available.

In 2008 Eastgate outlasted 6843 players to become the youngest Main Event champion at just 22-years-old. Since then Eastgate has had some big scores at the PartyPoker Premier League and the 2009 PCA all while serving as an ambassador for poker.

It was an entirely different experience for Eastgate in the 2009 Main Event.

"Yeah, obviously [my opponents] played a little differently, especially today because I think a lot of people knew who I was and knew about my game. Because of that I tried to play a little differently."

It seemed to work well for the Danish pro who made it through six days of poker in the Main Event. Eastgate even got slightly unlucky in his final hand when his top two-pair was cracked by a four-flush. It was a bit of redemption for Eastgate, who didn't cash in any of the 2009 WSOP preliminary events.

"Throughout the preliminary events I played pretty poorly, which I wasn't satisfied with," he said. "But this Main Event I feel like I played decent and only made a couple mistakes throughout."

Eastgate will receive for $68,979 for coming in 78th place which, while a far cry from the $9 million he won in last year's Main Event, is a significant sum.

Surprisingly Eastgate was survived by another member of the 2008 November Nine as Dennis Phillips, at the time of the champ's elimination, was still alive with chips.

Now Eastgate will try to get some much needed rest before the next big tournament.

"I'm tired. I'm tired of Vegas," he said. "I'm going home in a couple days."

-With files from Geoff Fisk.

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