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Previous Player of the Year wins US Poker Open event for $400K

12 February 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The 2016 Player of the Year beat a field of 50 players and a stacked final table that included U.S. Poker Open Championship leader Stephen Chidwick, Event No. 5 winner Ben Tollerene and all-time money list leader Daniel Negreanu.

The U.S. Poker Open comprises eight high-stakes tournaments ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, including a Pot Limit Omaha and Mixed Game event. The player who grosses the most during these eight events will be crowned U.S. Poker Open Champion, taking home an enormous one-of-a-kind trophy.

"It was a great day," Peters said with a big smile. "It was obviously a stacked final table with a lot of great players; after some wins and losses I was able to battle back, win some pots, got some momentum and was able to close it up."

"It's a great add to the resume, get some more confidence, get some more confidence, momentum, and I try to keep going. This series has been great, everyone's having a good time, it's all very well run, and the field sizes have been big. I love the mix of tournaments, even though I didn't play the PLO and Mix myself, but the whole series as a whole has been great."

The final table started, once again, with Stephen Chidwick in the chip lead. Daniel Negreanu had the second shortest stack coming into the day, but he was the first to go. Negreanu collected $75,000 and notched up his fourth cash of the series after Sean Winter took his chips with jacks versus ace-eight.

Winner of Event No. 5, Ben Tollerene, busted in fifth place for $100,000. Tollerene shoves over the top of Peters' raise holding ace-four, and Peters called the 11 big blind shove with queen-ten of spades. Peters flopped a full house right away, all but locking down the hand immediately.

Peters continued his streak by busting out Keith Tilston, runner-up in Event No. 23, in fourth place. Tilston cashed for $125,000, his third of the series when he shoved all in on the river with eight-seven on three-two-seven-ace-four. Peters called with ace-seven for two pair and took a big chip lead. Moments later, however, it was Chidwick who doubled through Peters when the former's two pair was bigger than the latter.

While a massive bluff pulled off by Chidwick seemed to turn things in his favor, it was Peters who sent home Sean Winter to even things up a bit. Winter shoved all in for 11 big blinds with queen-seven of clubs, only to get called by Peters' queen-jack of clubs. The board ran dry, creating a heads-up between Peters and Chidwick.

Chidwick held a slight lead, extended it, but couldn't close out when he had Peters on the ropes. Peters doubled up with ace-nine suites versus king-ten suited, and moments later it was over. Chidwick ran a three-barrel bluff with queen-high, only to find out that Peters had flopped a boat, aces over eights.

Peters snap-called on the river, and Chidwick jokingly said, "Look at this cooler!"

Chidwick fell just short of taking down a seemingly unthinkable third title in five days, while Peters once again starts a year with a big score to open a lot of potential paths to another Player of the Year chase.

U.S. Poker Open Event #7 $25,000 NLH Results
1. David Peters, U.S., $400,000
2. Stephen Chidwick, U.K., $262,000
3. Sean Winter, U.S., $175,000
4. Keith Tilston, U.S., $125,000
5. Ben Tollerene, U.S., $100,000
6. Daniel Negreanu, Canada, $75,000
7. Matt Hyman, U.S., $62,500
8. Isaac Haxton, U.S., $50,000

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