Peter Eastgate. The tournament started, oh, 4 months ago, and ended in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, with the 22 year old Dane outlasting Russian Ivan Demidov, 27. Eastgate surpasses Phil Hellmuth, who was 24 in 1989, the previous youngest Main Event winner. He takes home the 9.5 million dollar first-place prize by outlasting 6,433 other players. Eastgate is going to get PAID. He played flawlessly throughout the final table, and showed an icy cool demeanor during hands which gave little insight to the other players into his thought process.
The action is going to be cut, spliced, and diced and showed on air on ESPN at 9pm tonight. The final table will be shown, along with the heads-up action. You will see how the other November Nine participants lost, along with the heads-up battle between Eastgate and Demidov.
Congratulations Pete! And condolences go to Ivan Demidov, 3rd place finisher at the WSOP Europe Main Event, and now 2nd place in the WSOP Main Event. He brings home 5.8 million. Sad, really. Don’t you feel for him?