David Peters US Poker Open
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David Peters Wins Second Consecutive US Poker Open Championship

The 2021 US Poker Open is in the books, with 12 events held over the first half of June and Sean Winter taking down the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event for $756,000.

But despite Winter claiming the top prize, it was David Peters who was the star of the show during the US Poker Open, winning three tournaments over a ozen events: the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #7), the $10,000 Short Deck (Event #10) and the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em (Event #11). Peters cashed in four events to win a total prize of $832,950.

Also winning events over the past two weeks were Sean Winter, Ali Imisovic, Jake Daniels, Sam Soverel and Joe McKeehen. Below is a breakdown of all the winners of each of the 12 events.

EventTournamentBuy-inNumber of EntrantsWinnerPrize
1No Limit Hold'em$10,00095Jake Daniels$218,500
2Pot Limit Omaha$10,00065Sam Soverel$175,500
3No Limit Hold'em$10,00077Joe McKeehen$200,200
4Big Bet Mix$10,00048John Riordan$163,200
5No Limit Hold'em$10,00085Joey Weissman$204,000
68-Game Mix$10,00068Eli Elezra$183,600
7No Limit Hold'em$10,00099David Peters$217,800
8Pot Limit Omaha$10,00063Jared Bleznick$189,000
9No Limit Hold'em$10,00099Ali Imsirovic$217,800
10Short Deck$10,00027David Peters$124,200
11No Limit Hold'em$25,00069David Peters$465,750
12No Limit Hold'em$50,00042Sean Winter$756,000

The US Poker Open standings are determined largely by the total prize money won during the event. Winners of US Poker Opens tended to fare well in the 2021 US Poker Open Leaderboard, but some players were able to climb the leaderboard by stringing a few cashes together.

RankPlayerPointsWinsCashesEarnings
1David Peters64634$832,950
2Sean Winter48412$785,700
3Ali Imsirovic48315$482,000
4Stephen Chidwick42703$628,700
5Dan Shak37104$459,750
6Jake Daniels32312$391,000
7Sam Soverel31614$382,300
8Andrew Lichtenberger30803$308,000
9Joe McKeehen30212$302,200
10Steve Zolotow28903$289,000

A history of the US Poker Open

The US Poker Open began in 2018 as a festival that pits the game’s best high-stakes poker players against each other. Each year, the event is held at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas with final tables streamed on PokerGO from the PokerGo studios.

During its debut year, eight events were held. In 2019, ten events were played. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series had to be canceled in 2020. For this year’s series, live poker returned along with another two events, to bring the total number of tournaments to 12.

US Poker Open “Series champions” are determined by the best performance over all the events in the series. The UK’s Stephen Chidwick earned the inaugural US Poker Open trophy. David Peters was the second champion in 2019 but defending his crown again this year. In addition to claiming two trophies, Peters also holds the honor of the most event wins in his career.

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