By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Poker News Senior Writer
After eight months of retirement, 2008 WSOP Main Event winner Peter Eastgate is dusting off his three-betting technique and making his way back to the tournament trail. Eastgate continues the recent history of tournament pros announcing their retirement only to return to the game including Mike 'timex' McDonald and Shaun Deeb.
As announced on the PokerStars Blog Thursday, Eastgate plans to make his return to tournament poker at the EPT Copenhagen in his native Denmark on February 21st. After Copenhagen he will be playing in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championships in early March. Eastgate indicated that he would be sponsored by PokerStars for both of the events. He did not indicate if he would be back as a Team PokerStars Pro or not. He also mentioned in the blog post that he plans to play most of the EPT events for the rest of the year.
Eastgate indicated he needed the time off from poker in order to spend some time with his friends and family. He indicated the constant travel after his WSOP Main Event victory wore on him and he was losing touch with who he was. Deciding to take a break after banking nearly $11 million in a three year span makes the decision a little easier as well.
Eastgate also commented about the selling of his 2008 WSOP Main Event bracelet. “I was not trying to devalue the WSOP name. It was not sold to make any kind of statement. It was sold to raise money for UNICEF and I am very proud and thankful that the sale raised $147,500.”
It will be interesting to see how he fares over the next several months.
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