by Hillary LaClair, Senior Editor
April 7, 2009
The world’s leading online poker room, PokerStars, announced on Thursday that it would add Peter Eastgate and Ivan Demidov to its professional team. Eastgate and Demidov will join the likes of Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Isabelle Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, John Duthie, Steve Paul-Ambrose, Vanessa Rousso,Luca Pagano, Victor Ramdin, Lee Nelson, Bertran Grospellier, Humberto Brenes, Katja Thater and Dennis Phillips among many others at Team PokerStars.
Peter Eastgate won won the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and Ivan Demidov followed closely in second place. Each player at last year’s WSOP were given until November to play the Main Event, allowing them to seek outside training and review hands from prior seasons.
“Ever since you saw the two sit down face-to-face for the epic World Series battle, you somehow knew they would end up in the elite Team Pro stable. It was just a matter of when it would happen,” reads the official PokerStars blog. “Though by this point neither man needs an introduction, we have a few readers who spent the last year under a rock, so here’s a little bit about the newest members of Team Pro.
“Peter Eastgate started playing cards as soon as he graduated from high shcool in Denmark. It took him little time at all to go from rank amateur to one of the world's biggest winning players. After a few mid-five-figure wins in his early career, Eastgate went to work at the 2008 World Series of Poker. After two weeks of work, a four-month delay, and a two-day final table, Eastgate did what few have been able to do before him. His $9 million win at the 2008 World Series Main Event made put him among the world's elite.
“For his part Ivan Demidov doesn't seem content to be just another footnote in World Series history. The one-time StarCraft player and university math major couldn't wait for the World Series final table to play out last November. So, while he was waiting for his chance at the bracelet, he did what no other person could in 2008--he made another one of the biggest final tables in the world. In September 2008, Demidov took third place in the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for $608,995. Then, just a couple of months later he came tantalizing close to the biggest bracelet of all. Still, his runner-up finish at the World Series in Vegas earned him $5,809,595--enough to make him the biggest winning Russian poker player of all time.”
Team PokerStars recently added Norwegian player, Johnny Lodden to its roster, as well as J.C. Alvarado from Mexico. The world’s largest online poker room is celebrating its Spring Championship of Online Poker, a series of low-stakes, mid-stakes and high-stakes buy-in tournaments. Low-stakes buy-ins hold a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000. The main event will conclude on April 12th. 27,000 players participated in low-stakes tournaments, while 4,057 played mid-stakes tournaments and 672 played high-stakes with $550 buy-ins.
PokerStars is the most widely-played online poker room in the industry and welcomes U.S. wagers. According to PokerScout.com, a poker room tracking website, PokerStars hosts 24,733 cash players, more than double its leading competitor, Full Tilt Poker. 34,922 cash players participate in peak hours and the seven day running average of cash players is 22,600. Currently, a $100/$200 Pot Limit Omaha full ring table game is being played at PokerStars by 3 players.