WSOP Heads-Up: It's Over!
The 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event is over and Peter Eastgate has emerged the champion of the November Nine! The 22-year-old Dane has defeated Russia's Ivan Demidov in heads-up play, making a wheel straight on the climactic hand to clinch the tournament and $9,152,416 in prize money.
Here's how the final hand played out:
Demidov and Eastgate returned from a 20-minute break with Eastgate squarely in control, holding more than $120 million of the $136.8 million chips in play.
On the first hand back, Eastgate limped in and Demidov checked his option in the big blind. The flop came K♠ 3♥ 2♦ and Demidov checked to Eastgate, who bet out $1.25 million. Demidov made the call and the turn was the 4♣.
Again, Demidov checked and Eastgate fired out $2 million. Demidov raised to $6 million and Eastgate opted to smooth-call, though at this point an all-in on fifth street was almost a foregone conclusion.
The river was the 7♠ and sure enough, Demidov shipped. Eastgate instantly called and after a tension-filled pause, Demidov turned up 4♥ 2♥ for two pair. Eastgate flipped A♦ 5♠ for the wheel, however, taking the pot and clinching the tournament at 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Eastgate becomes the youngest-ever WSOP Main Event champ, supplanting Phil Hellmuth for that honor. He claims the second-largest first prize awarded in WSOP history and earns his first World Series bracelet in the process.
For his runner-up finish, Ivan Demidov takes $5,809,545 to go with the £344,850 he earned for his third-place finish at the Main Event of this fall's World Series of Poker Europe.
We'll have tons more coverage of this landmark event, including full coverage on PokerListings TV, as well as an interview with the winner and full recap blog before the night is over. Stay tuned!
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