David Peters, one of brightest stars on the live poker podium, snatched last night his first title from the first-ever edition of the US Poker Open. The player topped a field of 50 entries in the third $25,000 buy-in high roller on the series’ schedule to add $400,000 to his quite impressive eight-figure bankroll.
That was Peters’ third cash from the brand-new series. He previously finished third in the opening $10,000 event for $88,400 and then took 10th place in yet another $10,000 tournament for a prize of $20,100. Combined, his earnings from the series currently total $508,500.
Peters, who is himself a seasoned high roller, played against some of the world’s classiest players. He emerged victorious after an action-packed heads-up against British poker pro Stephen Chidwick who put one more great performance in the penultimate tournament on the US Poker Open schedule.
Chidwick could have won that event, as well, if it was not for Peters’ own strong performance. The popular Brit took down the previous two $25,000 buy-in tournaments in as many days. It is also important to note that he cashed in three more events within the series including last night’s one.
The player scooped a $262,000 payout last night, which brought his overall US Poker Open earnings to $1,256,600 and cemented his leading position in the US Poker Open Championship standings.
The winningest player in the series will be crowned the US Poker Champion and will receive the special trophy. It now seems that Chidwick may be that fortunate player. However, there is one more event to be played within the US Poker Open – the $50,000 Main Event. While Chidwick is well ahead of the player ranking second in the standings (Benjamin Pollak with $554,600), everything could change overnight. The Main Event’s final table is slated to be played on Sunday at the host venue Aria Casino in Las Vegas.
Peters’ Road to Victory in the $25,000 High Roller
Peters had a difficult task, playing against the likes of Chidwick, Daniel Negreanu, and Ben Tollerene at the tournament’s final table. The eventual winner eliminated Keith Tilston, who has also been performing quite well in the series, in fourth place to assume the chip lead.
However, three-handed play proved to be a harsh stage for Peters, as the player lost control over the chips quite quickly. He entered heads-up against Chidwick after the latter had eliminated Sean Winter in third place and had secured commanding advantage.
While it looked as if Chidwick was really close to winning his third US Poker Open title at that point in play, Peters was not ready to give up. The player eventually regained his previous momentum to set one final trap to his British opponent and win the tournament during an all-in confrontation with pocket aces.