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November has been fruitful for Vegas-local David Peters (cover image) who, after taking down the 2018 Aria Fall Madness $100K Super High Roller for $1.1 Million on November 12, has now clinched another big win.
Peters has, for the second year in a row won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open $5,000 NLHE 8-Handed Event and pocketed $143,159 in prize money. Around the same time last year, he had outlasted a 61-strong entry field to win the event for $104,309.
This time, the event saw its $250,000 guarantee being overshot after 95 hopefuls registered, taking the prize pool to $421,250.Peters flew to Florida and played the event wearing the same sweatshirt he had worn last year.
It’s kind of crazy,” Peters who now has more than $29.3 Million in live tournament earnings said, talking to media representatives. “I’m wearing the same sweatshirt and everything. Things went pretty well at the final table early on. Then I lost a bunch of chips and I battled back and it worked out.”
“I guess sometimes maybe some guys might not be trying to play too many pots with me or might avoid marginal situations,” Peters added. “So, I can sometimes take advantage of that. On the flip side, you have some guys that are ready to battle. I don’t think any of these guys were scared or anything like that.”
Others who scored in the event included notables like Chad Eveslage (9th for $14,318), Mykel Comroe (10th for $13,086), Paul Fisher (11th for $12,184) and Joe McKeehen (12th for $11,290).
One of the key hands of the event played out fairly early on the final table when Peters clashed with World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner William Givens. Givens raised pre-flop and then bet on the flop and the turn before moving all in on the river. The board ran and Peters who held called down on all streets. He made the final call on the river, after which Givens tabled his and Peters, doubled up with his one pair, knocking Givens out in eighth place.
Later, Peters talked about the hand, and explained his moves. “I was blocking the nut flush and the ace, jack and nine are all out there, so there aren’t too many combos of flushes,” Peters said. “I thought there were a lot of hands like he had that are trying to blow me off a nine. I have a lot of weakish ace-x type hands that are obligated to call the turn. So I felt he was trying to blow me off a lot of those hands. So I called. It worked out.”
Jeff Gross then got all his chips in the middle from the small blind with pocket fours and was up against Stanley Lee who held ace-deuce suited. The flop brought two tens and a nine and Lee spiked an ace on the turn to take the lead, that held through the six on the river and Gross was eliminated in seventh place.
Stanley Lee hit the rail in sixth place after he moved all in from under the gun for 100,000 and was looked up by Haber in the big blind. Lee tabled and needed help against Haber’s . The board ran out and Lee turned two pair, but Haber rivered three-of-a-kind King’s to win the pot, sending Lee out of the game.
Jake Schwartz next ran his pocket fours into Alex Haber’s pocket nines. With the board bringing , Schwartz’ run was clearly up.
The next casualty on the final table was Joey Weissman, who fell victim to Peters’ pocket sixes, with only king-queen in his hand. The board brought a pair of fives and Peters stayed ahead to eliminateWeissmanin fourth place.
The third place finisher turned out to be Alexander Haber who moved all in from the small blind for 260,000 and was called by Peters in the big blind. Peters was at it again with his leading Haber’s . The board ran and Peters collected the pot with his ace-high.
Down to the heads-up play, Peters moved all in on the button and Guillaume Diaz called from the big blind. Diaz was all in for 700,000 and was looking in good shape with his pitted against Peters’ . The community cards brought and it was the queen on the turn that saw Peters clipping a pair to win the title for a second year running!
1.David Peters – $143,159
2. Guillaume Diaz – $85,738
3. Alex Haber – $54,150
4. Joey Weissman – $34,972
5. Jake Schwartz – $27,075
6. Stanley Lee – $21,434
7. Jeff Gross USA – $18,050
8. William Givens – $15,794