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Peter Eastgate won the Main Event just two years ago, pocketing over $9 million. Today, he announced that he’s had enough of chasing straights and sucking out and announced his retirement from poker.
“When I started playing poker for a living, it was never my goal to spend the rest of my life as a professional poker player. My goal was to become financially independent. I achieved that by winning the WSOP Main Event in 2008.[..]
I have decided that now is the time to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life. What this will be, I do not yet know. I have decided to take a break from live tournament poker, and try to focus on Peter Eastgate, the person. –via Wicked Chops Poker.
Yeah, so he just retired. From a table game. At age 24. Sometimes I really hate life.
Today’s Action: Day 1D, the last first day. With over 2,000 players for Day 1C, the rush will be on for remaining players to avoid getting shut out of the tournament. Even more big-name pros will be in the Rio convention center today competing for a spot in Day 2.
If Day 1 seems totally worthless, that’s because it is. The blog Pokerati did the math, and they determined that if you didn’t play a single hand on Day 1, you would advance to Day 2 with more than half of your 30,000 starting chips. And yet over 1,000 players will be eliminated before Day 2A begins Friday.
Notables playing today: TV’s Jason Alexander and Hank Azaria; Doyle Brunson and his two kids, Pamela and Todd Brunson; Jennifer Harman, 2005 ME champ Joe Hachem, former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith, and poker pro Justin Smith.
Yesterday’s Action: Tom Dwan, Howard Lederer, and Phil Hellmuth were notables among those eliminated from Day 1C. Mike Sexton, Annie Duke, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Johnny Chan all advanced. Read the rest of this entry »