It took four months, 39 two-hour levels of play, and a 104-hand heads-up duel to crown our 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. Peter Eastgate's name will be the next to be immortalized on one of those grand 20'x20' photos that will hang around the circumference of the Amazon Room at next year's WSOP, and carved into the history books alongside so many of poker's greats.
Brunson. Moss. Ungar. Chan. Ferguson. Hellmuth. And now Eastgate, a 22-year old accounting student-turned-poker pro from Denmark.
Speaking of Hellmuth, tonight Eastgate shattered a record that the Poker Brat has held for the last 19 years as the youngest WSOP Main Event winner in history. Eastgate is also the first Danish Main Event champion, as well as the fourth Dane to win a WSOP bracelet.
Soft-spoken and a man of few words, Eastgate offered praise for his final-table opponents and predicted that he'd be seeing many of them again on the tournament circuit in the months and years to come.
"I'm very proud and thank you all for coming," he said, smiling ever so slightly as he looked down at his new piece of jewelry.
From all of us at PokerNews, thanks for tuning in. Our next stops will take us to locations as far-flung as Poland, the Philippines, and Mexico as the tournament circuit rolls on. Until next year, from the Rio in Las Vegas, good night, and good luck.