David Peters Wins USPO Main Event for $1,320,000

The US Poker Open saw a remarkable culmination to its 10-event highstakes series, with David Peters victorious in the $100k Main Event and leapfrogging his way from almost nowhere to 1st in the leaderboard standings.

By: Andrew Burnett

The biggest buy-in/biggest prizefund of the tournament decathlon attracted 33 runners, with the overall series winner and a $100,000 bonus expected to come down to a fight between joint leaders Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter, but Peters had other ideas…

It wasn’t all in his hands at first, Winter capping a fine run by making the final table on day 2 of the $100k buy-in ME, but when he lost a race to hit the rail in 8th spot it meant that a Peters victory would see him edged out in the leaderboard race, and by the narrowest of margins.

That, to Winter’s dismay, is exactly what happened – the sweat seeing Justin Bonomo crash out on the money bubble and Winter’s own conqueror, Keith Tilston, disposing of Riess and Zamani.

When Tilston fell on Peters’ sword, however, the writing may have been on the wall, and when Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen couldn’t stop the Peters train from rolling to victory in the heads-up battle, it was all done and dusted – Peters had scooped the lot.

“This feels amazing,” Peters told reporters afterwards. “This is obviously a very prestigious tournament, a great series, and to come from behind and to pass Sean by 10 points at the very end, that’s a pretty-pretty crazy feeling.”

Final results

1 David Peters $1,320,000
2 Chris Hunichen $858,000
3 Keith Tilston $528,000
4 Martin Zamani $330,000
5 Ryan Riess $264,000

Overall Standings

Position Player Cashes Points Prize Money
1 David Peters 3 550 $1,584,000
2 Sean Winter 5 540 $747,900
3 Stephen Chidwick 4 540 $705,950
4 Nick Schulman 2 410 $390,000
5 Brandon Adams 3 365 $314,750
6 Koray Aldemir 2 340 $897,200
7 Cary Katz 3 340 $580,200
8 Bryn Kenney 2 240 $477,000
9 Lauren Roberts 2 240 $263,400
10 Jordan Cristos 2 240 $206,200
11 Ali Imsirovic 1 200 $442,500
12 Ben Yu 3 200 $262,800

 

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