David Peters Goes Back-To-Back as U.S. Poker Open Champion 19 Jun

David Peters repeated 2019 U.S. Poker Open Championship victory with a come-from-behind victory, winning the final tournament of the series to beat points leader Sean Winter with a buzzer-beating title run.

The USPO wasn’t held during the live poker shutdown of 2020, which made Peters the defending champion when the high-stakes tournament series returned with a 12-event high roller festival in June of 2021. The 34-year-old Las Vegas-based poker pro went on a tear during the second half of the series, winning three titles and making four final tables in a five-day span to give himself the lead with one event remaining. This time around, Peters was the player hoping to hold onto a lead while a player at the final table of the closing event looked to unseat him. Sam Soverel needed a win to overcome Peters, but ultimately finished fifth to see Peters lock up the back-to-back USPO championship victories. For the win, he was awarded $50,000 in added prize money and the Golden Eagle Trophy.
“It feels great. Especially going back-to-back after winning last time. It feels great to do well versus so many great players and it was a very exciting week,” said Peters not long after securing the win. “It’s something that’ll be really cool to look back on someday, to remember that I had back-to-back trophies like this. It’s pretty exciting.”

Peters cashed for $832,950 across his four in-the-money finishes of the series, and managed to win a quarter of the events that were played in the 12-event series that ran from June 3-15.
Peters didn’t play every single event on the schedule, instead opting to skip the mixed games and one of the two pot-limit Omaha tourneys. He didn’t cash in any of the first six events of the series, but emerged victorious from a field of 99 entries to win event no. 7, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. He earned $217,800 and 218 USPO points for his victory in that event, which was the largest ever field in a USPO tournament. The day after that win, he finished eighth in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event for another $25,200 and 25 USPO points. He then did not cash in event no. 9, but emerged victorious in the $10,000 short deck event for his second title of the series. Just one day after from that win, Peters managed to defeat a field of 69 entries to complete the hat trick by winning the $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The 34-year-old poker pro earned $465,750 for his latest title run.
He now has more than $35.4 million in career tournament earnings, good for sixth place on poker’s all-time money list.

David Peters 2021 U.S. Poker Open scores:

Event Place Earning
#1 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em 1 $217,800
#8 $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 $25,200
#10 $10,000 Short Deck 1 $124,200
#11 $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 1 $465,750

2021 U.S. Poker Open Final Standings:

Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1 David Peters 646 3 4 $832,950
2 Sean Winter 484 1 2 $785,700
3 Ali Imsirovic 483 1 5 $482,000
4 Stephen Chidwick 427 0 3 $628,700
5 Dan Shak 371 0 4 $459,750
6 Jake Daniels 323 1 2 $391,000
7 Sam Soverel 316 1 4 $382,300
8 Andrew Lichtenberger 308 0 3 $308,000
9 Joe McKeehen 302 1 2 $302,200
10 Steve Zolotow 289 0 3 $289,000

2021 U.S. Poker Open Winners Overview

Event Format Buy-in Entrants Winner Top Prize
1 No Limit Hold'em $10,000 95 Jake Daniels $218,500
2 Pot Limit Omaha $10,000 65 Sam Soverel $175,500
3 No Limit Hold'em $10,000 77 Joe McKeehen $200,200
4 Big Bet Mix $10,000 48 John Riordan $163,200
5 No Limit Hold'em $10,000 85 Joey Weissman $204,000
6 8-Game Mix $10,000 68 Eli Elezra $183,600
7 No Limit Hold'em $10,000 99 David Peters $217,800
8 Pot Limit Omaha $10,000 63 Jared Bleznick $189,000
9 No Limit Hold'em $10,000 99 Ali Imsirovic $217,800
10 Short Deck $10,000 27 David Peters $124,200
11 No Limit Hold'em $25,000 69 David Peters $465,750
12 No Limit Hold'em $50,000 42 Sean Winter $756,000

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