A 22-year-old Danish poker professional won the World Series of Poker early Tuesday, becoming the youngest champion in the history of the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event.
Peter Eastgate hit an ace-to-five straight on the turn and instantly called an all-in bet from Ivan Demidov to win the title and $9,152,416. Demidov held two pair, twos and fours.
The previous youngest champion was 11-time winner Phil Hellmuth, who was 24 when he won the tournament in 1989.
“It feels good to beat Phil's record,” Eastgate said after taking pictures with stacks of $100 bills. “I was not focused on the record that I could break. I was just focused on the game.”
Eastgate, of Odense, Denmark, put Demidov on his heels by stopping the 27-year-old from bluffing a pot worth roughly 44 million chips with an ace high. Eastgate called with a diamond flush.
He won a significant pot four hands later with a full house and immediately began putting pressure on the final opponent standing between him and the title.
Demidov, a 27-year-old semiprofessional poker player from Moscow, took home $5,809,595 for second place.
The main event began in July with 6,844 players. There was a 117-day recess after the field was cut to the final nine. The two-day final table play took 274 hands and 15 hours and 28 minutes of play.