Last November two talented young players faced off across the felt in the Rio's Amazon Room in Las Vegas, ready to do battle for the respect and more than $9 million that goes with the World Series of Poker championship main event winner's prize. Ivan Demidov and Peter Eastgate had triumphed over an entry field of thousands for the big event, and their heads up clash lived up to expectations as the grand finale to the world of gambling's most prestigious event.
In a close fought duel, it was Eastgate who emerged the winner, but both players came away with enhanced reputations.
Those reputations will now add to the attraction of the world's largest online poker site as the two men join Team PokerStars Pro, playing both online and offline in events around the world under the PokerStars banner.
"It feels great to finally be part of the team," Demidov (27) said this week. "It's going to allow me to travel more and play more events. I really enjoy playing offline in live events and it's great to become a team member with all these other great players."
Eastgate (22), continues to play and win and has told reporters that he will not be squandering his rewards, preferring to shrewdly invest in channels that will bring him good returns. Like Demidov, Eastgate started out playing Internet poker, moving on to live events as his confidence grew.
Both players will be active at PokerStars' EPT San Remo and the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, with Demidov additionally taking part in the Russian Poker Tour in Moscow next (May) month….and both are looking forward to again competing in the WSOP for 2009.
In other news from PokerStars, it has been revealed that the ban on 23-year-old serial multi-accounter Justin Bonomo has been lifted, allowing him to compete in the inaugural Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) starting this week.
Bonomo has hopefully matured since his unacceptable conduct three or more years ago, and currently plays as a sponsored pro at Bodog. He has continued to display talent and determination in several live poker competitions, winning six-figure prizes.
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