One year ago, Peter Eastgate, 2008 and youngest WSOP champion, came out of “retirement” after an eight-month break from poker, just a few months after selling his WSOP bracelet on eBay for charity. Eastgate is a unique character, as are most poker pros, and he’s now joined up with Betfair Poker along with Stefan Raffay.
Both from Denmark, Eastgate and Raffay will promote the Betfair brand, highlighting the exclusive Betfair Danish WSOP promo, which will send Betfair players to the WSOP along with Eastgate and Raffay.
The two new Betfair sponsored pros join Hans Vogl and John Tabatabai on the Betfair Poker Team.
Betfair Danish manager, Peter Weinreich, says, “We hope their expertise and popularity in the poker community will ensure a positive relationship for both parties.
Eastgate won the 2008 WSOP and was paid more than $9 million for his efforts. He auctioned his WSOP bracelet for just under $150,000.
Regarding his hiatus, Eastgate stated at the time, “In the 20 months following my WSOP win, I feel that I have lost my motivation for playing high-level poker along the way, and I have decided that now is the time to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life.”
It didn’t take long for Eastgate to realize that what he wanted to do was play poker. Apparently he could not keep himself from the beloved game, and one year later, he’s now joining sponsorship with Betfair, Eastgate’s fairy tale ending.
Raffay, known online as “SirRaffay,” doesn’t have quite the resume that Eastgate does, but he’s well liked nonetheless, especially in Denmark.