In the 39-years of poker history, a 22-year old won the WSOP main event of 2008. Peter Eastgate from Denmark won a whopping $9.15 million and also the youngest champion. The championship was held at Penn and Teller Theater at Las Vegas packed with more than 1000 fans. Eastgate and Ian Demidov of Russia were the last two standing amongst 6,844 participants. Eastgate won the game through a 5-high straight against Demidov’s two pair, deuces and 4s.
Eastgate beat the youngest champion in the year 1989, Phil Hellmuth. Phil Hellmuth reportedly wished the young man good luck before the heads-up game began. He was very ecstatic and can’t wipe the wide grin from his face. Who wouldn’t be jumping for joy with that amount of cash. It was a well-deserved win, Demidov admitted that it was not his best game and have to work on his heads-up game.
Both professional players started playing poker online and mastered their skills at the same time. Until such time that they are already playing high-stakes. During the 117 days break, Demidov bagged third-place in the main event of World Series of Poker Europe. On the other hand, Eastgate started to play serious poker online in 2006 and made a name for himself by winning several games straight online. But before all the fame and million dollars of cash, he was just attending high school. For sure, we will be seeing more and more young poker players in the future.