Team Ladbrokes player makes final table

Peter Eastgate

Ladbrokes Poker sent a team of 120 players to the World Series of Poker Main Event this year. Not only did one of their players make the money, he'll be playing at the final table in November.

Peter Eastgate will sit down at the felt in fourth place, with over $18 million in chips.

"It's great to see a Ladbrokes Poker player make it through to the final table," said Edward Ihre, Ladbrokes Poker marketing director.

"He's done brilliantly and definitely is a pro in the making. We're proud to call him a Ladbrokes regular - he's qualified through to the televised stages of Poker Million twice (2006 and 2007), so he's no stranger to high-stakes poker."

Team Ladbrokes was led by Jon "skalie" Kalmar this year, who came in fifth in the 2007 WSOP Main Event. He has the best placing for a Ladbrokes Player so far in the Main Event, and he was also joined on the team by newly sponsored pro Jonas Danielsson.

Neither of them made the money this year, but sponsored pro Jeff Kimber busted in 120th place to earn a $41,000 cash. According to Ladbrokes Poker, his tournament was ended when his pocket kings couldn't survive the full house of his opponent.


In total, 81 of the 120 Team Ladbrokes players made it through the first day of play and into Day 2, but Eastgate is the last man standing from the team, and is sitting in good position to also best Kalmar's fifth-place finish.

When play resumes in November, Eastgate will have more than $18.3 million in chips, good enough to put him fourth in the chip count.

The Odense, Denmark native is a professional poker player who also has a shot at usurping Phil Hellmuth's record for youngest Main Event winner if he can take the event down. At 22, he would best Hellmuth's record by about two years.

Along with his experience playing in the Poker Million, Eastgate has a ninth-place finish in the 2007 Irish Open and a cash in the European Poker Tour Scandinavian Open.

Ihre said that the Ladbrokes Poker players lounge has been credited as an invaluable asset to the Ladbrokes players. It is a refuge from the frenetic and exhausting pace of the WSOP, which could be why players have done so well.

"We'll continue to improve on the lounge and the overall player experience in readiness for next year's Ladbrokes Poker qualifiers to the WSOP."

For more information about the poker site and what it has to offer its players, visit Ladbrokes Poker.

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