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Eastgate winning awards, losing online
"Winning something like the Main Event, when they have these award shows, it kind of goes along with it," Eastgate told PokerListings after the ceremony at Luux Nightclub in Copenhagen.
"There's no bigger event, so there's really no bigger performance over the year that can qualify to beat my performance."
Having won more than $9 million at the 2008 WSOP Main Event, the 22-year-old from Odense in Denmark was the obvious choice and knew it.
"This was kind of expected, but still it's great to achieve these kinds of things," he said.
But there may be something rotten in Denmark despite all the accolades.
In accepting the award for Best Performance, Eastgate made a joke about hanging on to the big money he banked in 2008, something it seems he's having a little trouble with.
"I've had a bad run playing online; I'm kind of losing a lot," he said. "But that's what usually happens to guys who make a big score in a tournament: they run bad in other games."
Immediately after adding the World Series winnings to his bankroll, Eastgate said he began playing $100/$200 and $200/$400 online. He admits now he may have to move down in stakes.
"I tried to play the highest stakes there is online, but unfortunately I couldn't beat those guys," he said.
"I didn't lose that many buy-ins, but on the other hand I'm not really prepared to risk two, three or nine million dollars just to see if I can beat those guys. It doesn't make sense.
"So I am admitting that those guys are better than me. I have a negative equity playing in those games, so I am just going to take it down in stakes to where I can beat the competition."
Fellow Finn and high-stakes nosebleed stud Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies took the Best Online Player honors, while the award for Best Female Player went to 2006 Swedish Poker Million finalist Magdalena In de Betou, who gave everyone a laugh falling on stage as she went up to accept.
This was the third annual PokerStars Scandinavian Poker Awards, honoring the best poker players from Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Voting is conducted online regionally with a jury making the final decisions.
The first Day 1 flight of the PokerStars.com EPT Copenhagen kicked off in Denmark Tuesday. Eastgate is expected to play Wednesday, and PokerListings will be following his progress and all the action on our Live Tournaments page.