The forgotten champion: Why Peter Eastgate left poker and the WSOP behind – ESPN

Peter Eastgate won the 2008 World Series of Poker main event, but after a tough stretch of betting on sports — and the 2010 World Cup in particular — Eastgate largely stepped away from gambling of any kind, including poker. 

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Monday morning was, essentially, the start of an unofficial holiday for poker players. It’s the beginning of the World Series of Poker main event, the most famous poker tournament in the world and the chance for first-timers and veterans alike to make their push at history.

Over the next three days, poker players from around the world who can get together $10,000 or satellite their way into the tournament will have a chance to make a run at changing their lives over the course of the next two weeks.

They all hope to join the ranks of main event champions who, for the most part, hop right back into the fray with hopes of becoming the first repeat main event winner since Stu Ungar won his third such title in 1997. It’s become a much tougher task because of the sheer size of the field, but that does little to dull the excitement past main event champions tend to have.

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