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Red-Hot David Peters Wins 2019 US Poker Open Thanks to $1.5m Haul

David Peters
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David Peters is staking his claim as arguably the best tournament poker player in the world right now.

The Ohio native won the final event of the 2019 US Poker Open for $1.3 million over the weekend to clinch the overall USPO Championship Trophy in dramatic fashion.

Peters edged fellow poker pro Sean Winter by the narrowest of margins. Peters was trailing Winter until the final $100,000 buy-in event. He ended up passing Winter by a scant 10 points according to the final tally.

In the end Peters took down a total of $1.5 million over the course of the 2019 USPO and is now up to over $30 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Peters Makes Three Final Tables at USPO

Over the span of the 2019 USPO, Peters made three final tables with a second-place finish for $100,800, a fifth-place finish for $164,000 and, finally, the outright win in the last event for $1.3 million.

Incredibly, UK poker pro Stephen Chidwick was also tied with Winter for the same amount of points in the USPO but Winter had the edge because he had more earnings with $747,000 to Chidwick’s $705,000.

The USPO Championship trophy is not insignificant either as it paid out an extra $100,000 to Peters. It was one of the most exciting leaderboard races in years.

The USPO, which only started running in 2018, features a number of high-stakes events with $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000 buy-in tournaments. The entire series is televised live on poker-streaming service PokerGO.

Peters Climbs to 5th All-Time with $31m in Earnings

David Peters doesn’t have the flash of Phil Hellmuth or Daniel Negreanu but he’s quietly assembled a body of work in the poker tournament world that has very few equals.

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Peters caught the poker bug after seeing Chris Moneymaker win the WSOP Main Event in 2003. Peters made a deposit on an online poker site and never looked back.

His first official tournament score came back in 2006 but since then he’s amassed over $31.5 million in earnings. He’s got a WSOP bracelet and several WPT final tables to his name but the high roller circuit is where Peters has truly made a name for himself.

The all-time money list for poker currently looks drastically different than it did a decade ago.

Old-school mainstays like Hellmuth and John Juanda have been pushed out of the top 10 thanks to the ascension of elite, young poker players like Justin Bonomo, Fedor Holz, Daniel Colman and Peters.

At this point it seems difficult to imagine anyone catching Bonomo, who has $44 million thanks in large part to an unprecedented 2018 that saw him win $25 million.

Here’s a look at the new top 10 all-time earners list, according to hendonmob.com, as of February 26, 2019:

1stUnited StatesJustin Bonomo$44,040,711
2ndCanadaDaniel Negreanu$39,830,195
3rdUnited StatesErik Seidel$34,782,419
4thGermanyFedor Holz$32,556,379
5thUnited StatesDavid Peters$31,590,263
6thUnited StatesDaniel Colman$28,925,059
7thUnited StatesAntonio Esfandiari$27,728,437
8thUnited StatesBryn Kenney$27,092,109
9thUnited StatesSteve O’Dwyer$26,820,595
10thUnited StatesPhil Ivey$26,267,283

Sean Winter Still Holds Lead in Overall 2019 POY

David Peters may have gotten the best of Sean Winter in the 2019 USPO but it’s Winter who might get the last laugh.

Winter, who resides in Jacksonville, Florida, is currently the front-runner in the Global Poker Index’s Player of the Year competition with 1,711 points and over $1.4 million in tournament earnings.

It’s a competitive race this year, however, and German pro Rainer Kempe is hot on his heels with 1,610 points.

Fellow pros Jack Salter, Stephen Chidwick and Kristen Bicknell are also in the top 10. Interestingly, Peters’ incredible performance at the USPO was only enough to elevate him to 36th overall with 819 points.

There’s very little chance that leaderboard will remain static as some of the biggest tournaments of the year are still upcoming, including numerous EPT and WPT events, not to mention the monstrous 80-plus event 2019 World Series of Poker.

Poker Central, which owns PokerGO and runs the USPO, will once again offer the Poker Masters in the fall, followed by the enormous $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl next December.