David Peters didn’t money by means of the first six tournaments of the 12-event 2021 U.S. Poker Open sequence. Despite a sluggish first half, the reigning USPO champion has managed to surge into the lead heading into the last occasion of the sequence with 4 final-tables finishes and three titles gained in a five-day span, with $832,950 in earnings collected alongside the approach.
Peters’ unimaginable run started when he took down occasion no. 7, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em event, on June 9 after which completed eighth in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha occasion the very subsequent day. He didn’t money in occasion no. 9, however emerged victorious in the $10,000 quick deck occasion for his second title of the sequence. Just someday faraway from that win, Peters managed to defeat a discipline of 69 entries to finish the hat trick by successful the $25,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em occasion. The 34-year-old poker professional earned $465,750 for his newest title run.
Peters now has greater than $36 million in profession event earnings to his title, which places him in sixth place on poker’s all-time cash listing.
Peters earned 279 USPO rankings factors for the win. He is the solely participant with a couple of victory by means of the first 11 occasions, and his 646 factors are good for a 163-point lead over second-ranked Ali Imsirovic with only one event remaining in the sequence. Whoever finally ends up with the most factors at the conclusion of this high-roller competition might be awarded $50,000 in added prize cash and the new Golden Eagle trophy.
Peters additionally earned 279 factors in the direction of the PokerGo Tour standings. He climbed into sixth place on that leaderboard consequently.
The victory noticed Peters take house 504 Card Player Player of the Year factors as nicely. The 2016 POY award winner has been one of the most constant gamers on the event circuit over the previous decade. He completed inside the high 50 in the year-end standings seven instances from 2010-20, with 5 finishes of thirteenth or greater and three top-four showings. Peters’s trio of victories at the USPO had been sufficient to maneuver him into thirty seventh place in the 2021 POY race rankings, sponsored by Global Poker.
Peters hopped straight into this $25,000 buy-in occasion after successful the quick deck occasion and survived to the last desk of six, sitting in fifth chip place when playing cards acquired again in the air for the second and last day of motion. Frank Funaro was the quick stack to start out the day, and shortly discovered himself all-in with center pair and a low kicker in opposition to the similar pair, a king kicker and a flush draw for chip chief Ivan Zufic. The flush got here on the river to ship Funaro to the rail in sixth place ($103,500).
Vanessa Kade overtook the chip lead throughout five-handed play, however misplaced an enormous preflop flip with pocket tens in opposition to the AQ of Peters to fall in the direction of the backside of the leaderboard. She clashed with Peters once more in her last hand, elevating all-in from the large blind for round 25 large blinds with A8 after Peters raised from the small blind with AOk. Peters made the name, flopped a pair of kings, and held from there to eradicate Kade in fifth place ($138,000). The latest fifteenth Anniversary Sunday Million champion backed up her $1.5 million rating in that occasion together with her second final-table end of this sequence, bringing her earnings on this high-stakes competition to $232,050.
Like Kade, Jake Daniels was additionally at his second last desk of the sequence. His run on this occasion got here to an finish when his A5 was unable to carry up in opposition to the Q10 of Peters, who flopped a pair of queens to take the lead. Daniels picked up a pair and a flush draw to have lots of outs heading into the river, however a clean on the finish despatched the pot to Peters, who took greater than half of the chips in play into three-handed motion. Daniels earned $172,500 for his fourth-place displaying.
Dan Shak was at his fourth last desk of the sequence, with a runner-up end in the kickoff event. He began out as the shortest stack amongst the last three, however every of the remaining gamers took a flip as the chip chief earlier than the subsequent elimination happened. Shak misplaced his maintain of the lead when his AOk did not outrun the 1010 of Peters. Shak fell to the backside of the counts when he failed to enhance, and was eradicated not too lengthy after than when Peters shoved from the small blind with J6 and Shak known as with Ok5. Peters rivered an eight-high straight to ship Shak house in third place ($224,250).
Peters took practically a 4:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Zufic. The last showdown didn’t final lengthy, although. In the first hand of the heads-up match, Peters picked up pocket tens and limped in from the button. Zufic seemed down at pocket nines and raised to 475,000. Peters known as and the flop got here down Q83. Zufic wager 375,000 and Peters known as. The 10 on the flip prompted Zufic to examine. Peters checked again along with his set and the 4 accomplished the board. Zufic checked Peters wager sufficient to place Zufic all-in. Zufic thought it over earlier than committing his final 1,230,000. Zufic earned $345,000 for his second final-table end of the sequence.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and rankings factors awarded at the last desk:
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Here are the present high ten in the USPO factors race:
Winner photograph credit score: PokerGO.