2008 WSOP champ Eastgate starts charity

Peter Eastgate
The 2008 WSOP Main Event champ is giving something back.

World Series of Poker champ Peter Eastgate has decided to do a little donating outside of the high-stakes poker tables.

After winning $9.2 million dollars in Las Vegas this summer, Denmark's latest and greatest poker star told PokerListings he's spent a little time sharing the wealth with the highest-stakes players online.

But Eastgate and his brother Casper have since started their own charitable organization dedicated to help raising money for children in need all over the world.

Not only will the Main Event title holder be donating one per cent of his tournament earnings going forward, but he's set up a Web site designed to invite others to join him.

"I think we can all agree that a child in need is worth helping," Eastgate said during a press conference announcing the launch of www.friendsofeastgate.com in Copenhagen Tuesday.

The plan for Friends of Eastgate is to disperse donations to charitable organizations around the world focused on children. Eastgate is hoping to capitalize on his recent fame and cachet in the poker world to convince other players and corporate sponsors to join the fight to help those less fortunate.

Danish poker pros Theo Jorgensen, Mads Andersen and Martin Vallo have already joined Team Eastgate, and tennis legend Boris Becker announced before play Wednesday he would be donating 1% of his winnings from EPT Copenhagen to the cause.

The organization is planning to host a variety of charitable events, including a poker tournament tentatively scheduled for Copenhagen this May.

Chief Operating Officer and President Claus Nielsen said he is also in discussion with PokerStars about hosting online charity tournaments and possibly donating the rake on a few cash tables.

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