Last November 2008, he shocked the poker circuit by becoming the youngest WSOP Main Event champion in the history of the World Series of Poker. But this weekend, as the newest set of November Nine plays out, Peter Eastgate's stint as the poker World Champion will draw to a close. Eastgate said that he is not sad that his reign will end because there will always be a new world champion and he believes that nothing is being taken away from him from being an ex-world champion.
Eastgate defended his WSOP title well, making a deep run before busting out in 78th place. He remembers playing with November Nine members Kevin Schaffel and Joe Cada and appeared very impressed with the poker player that could replace him as the youngest WSOP Main Event champion.
Eastgate said on November 7th, 2009 that he is always been impressed by the young poker players in the circuit because he likes their fighting spirit because of the way they polished their skills online the same way that he developed his own skills. All eyes at the 2009 WSOP final table will be on the man widely believed to be the best poker player on the world.
Although Eastgate has little experience playing against Ivey, he said that he has a lot of respect for the poker player. Eastgate took advantage last November 2008 as chip leader Dennis Phillips saw his chip stack destroyed, eventually finishing in 3rd place.
As a result, Eastgate said that he is not sure how much of an advantage will Maryland poker player Darvin Moon will have this time around. Eastgate said that Moon is a pretty fearless player so he believes that Moon will put the pressure with his opponents and try to take advantage of the situation.
Eastgate said that he has not met Eric Buchman, Jeff Shulman, Steven Begleiter, Antoine Saout or James Akenhead. But the UK resident said that there seems to be a lot of respect in the circuit for Akenhead. Eastgate said that he would go for Joe Cada if he is betting on the result of the tournament.