After waiting nearly four months to reconvene the final table of the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, everyone was excited to get the action going. None could have been more excited than the 22-year-old Peter Eastgate, who broke Phil Hellmuth’s record and is now the youngest main event champion to ever grace the hk prize . Eastgate walked away with not only the record-holding title, but the WSOP gold bracelet and $9,152,416 in total winnings!
Think back to July and recall that the $10K NL Hold’em tournament began with 6,844 players. Then it all came down to the infamous November Nine: Ivan Demidov, Peter Eastgate, Kelly Kim, Craig Marquis, Scott Montgomery, Dennis Phillips, David “Chino” Rheem, Ylon Schwartz, and Darus Suharto.
Dennis Phillips, the truck salesman from St. Louis, started the table as chip leader and was able to stick around long enough to see some of the first few eliminations.
First to go was Craig Marqui. With pocket sevens, Marqui pushed his stack all-in, only to be called by Scott Montgomery who held A-Q. Flopping a set, Marqui thought his win was in the bag. That is until Montgomery got runner-runner and sent Marqui home with his straight.
Next to go to the rail was Kelly Kim. Starting as short stack, Kim wasn’t expected to last very long. Trying to seize the right opportunity to double up, Kim’s stack became extremely low. Finally, a break must have come because Kim moved all-in. Ivan Demidov, Ylon Schwartz, and Darus Suharto all called to see the action. Lady Luck didn’t play a role in choosing board cards for Kim though. Defeated, Kim mucked and walked away in eighth place.
David Rheem was next on the list, when his A-K met up against Darus Suharto’s A-Q. Rheem was devastated, …