Peter Eastgate “Unretires”

by Lou on February 18, 2011

After retiring from poker only a few months ago, then auctioning off his WSOP main event championship bracelet to raise money for charity, Denmark’s Peter Eastgate wants back in, or so he announced on PokerStars.  He will make his return at the $25,000 NBC National Heads-Up Championship at EPT Copenhagen.

Just prior to the 2010 WSOP’s main event, the 24 year-old Dane announced his retirement and it seemed he was leaving for good.  But after a short time away from the game—less than a year—the now 25-year-old Eastgate officially announced the end of his retirement.

Eastgate said he does not consider this a comeback, saying, “I always knew there was a good chance I would play poker again. During my hiatus from poker, PokerStars have been very supportive. Therefore, I am pleased that I will start out with playing two events where I will be sponsored by PokerStars.”

He added, “Sometimes in life a person can feel lost and wake up one morning not recognizing who he is. Last summer that was how I felt. Prior to winning the WSOP in 2008, my life was very much a good solid routine of playing online poker and hanging out with my friends and family. Winning the WSOP changed that. I relocated to London and started a new life, the life of a high profile poker pro. For almost 2 years I was in a constant spotlight, travelling from poker tournament to poker tournament, doing thousands of interviews and never had a chance to catch my breath. In the whirlwind that followed winning the WSOP I lost track of the most importing thing in my life, myself.”

Welcome back, Peter Eastgate … though you won’t have that intimidating bracelet on your arm any longer unless you can make history repeat itself.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: