David Peters Defeats Stephen Chidwick Heads-Up in the US Poker Open
Sometimes, you only need to look down at pocket aces, flop a full house, and keep calling all the way until you're crowned the champion. That's exactly what happened to David Peters tonight at the US Poker Open. Peters topped the 50-entry field in Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em, earning the $400,000 first-prize.
It would be very misleading to say that Peters didn't have much to do on his way to the top. It was the exact opposite. He faced the toughest possible obstacle in the final duel, the phenomenal Stephen Chidwick who had won two previous events at the US Poker Open.
Chidwick wasn't puzzling Peters only in the heads-up, he was sitting directly to his left for the entire final table. Add into account Chidwick's chip-leading stack and the short stacks on the other side of the table and it becomes clear; Peters' ride towards the victory was all but easy.
US Poker Open - Event #7: $25,000 NLH results:
|1||David Peters||United States||$400,000|
|2||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$262,000|
|3||Sean Winter||United States||$175,000|
|4||Keith Tilston||United States||$125,000|
|5||Ben Tollerene||United States||$100,000|
|7||Matt Hyman||United States||$62,500|
|8||Isaac Haxton||United States||$50,000|
Considering the ICM implications caused by the initial chip-spread and seating order, Peters had his hands tied more than most of the players at the start of the final table. But his approach remained the same just like on any given day; Peters guarded his belongings with his typical stoic appearance.
The pay jumps were looming and the shallow stacks dictated early collisions. Daniel Negreanu was the first player to lose his bid for the title, running with ace-eight into Sean Winter's jacks. Negreanu three-bet shoved from the small blind over a button-raise, and the board didn't help him.
Negreanu: "I'm trying to win the tournament."
"It's a good spot with ace-eight to pick up some chips," Negreanu said before describing that it would also be fine to fold, considering the dynamics of the big blind ante which allows him to wait for a better spot. "But I'm trying to win the tournament," he said, pointing out that his objective wasn't to ladder up a few steps.
Negreanu's elimination guaranteed some extra chunk of cash for Ben Tollerene, who was the shortest stack for his full stint on the final table. Tollerene did everything in his power to spin his stack up. Some of his all-ins got through uncontested, and once he was able to spike a three-outer to stay alive. But, eventually, he couldn't squeeze more than a fifth place from his tough starting position. His run came to a close after he moved all-in with ace-four over Peters' open. Peters called with queen-ten and flopped a full house to halt Tollerene's chances.
Shortly afterward, Peters took care of Keith Tilston as well. He held top two when Tilston decided to turn his second pair into a bluff, pushing all-in on the river. Peters called and dispatched him to bring the tournament down to three players.
Tilston didn't regret his move: "It's a good situation and I'm just gonna do it. You can't be results oriented. You can't just always have it," he said with a smile on his face.
It was looking great for Peters who commanded the final table with over a half of all chips in play. However, things quickly changed. A blind-versus-blind battle saw Peters tangle with Chidwick when they both had two pair. Unfortunately for Peters, he was on the bad side with the bottom two while Chidwick held the top two.
Suddenly, Chidwick was again pulling the strings, ready to leverage his position. Winter and Peters were almost tied and Chidwick surely enjoyed that he could put his last two rivals in a war of attrition while gaining chips himself.
That didn't quite work out as Peters bravely fought back, getting some chips back from Chidwick and even erasing the deficit for a short period. Chidwick, however, regained the advantage thanks to a massive bluff with a missed flush draw. He overshoved the river to fend Peters off his top pair.
Peters about Chidwick: "He had an amazing week and is obviously a great player."
Meanwhile, Winter was mostly folding and kept getting short. He doubled once but then fell back to 11 big blinds and he couldn't mount a comeback. His farewell came when he pushed with queen-seven only to lose to Peters' queen-jack.
The final confrontation was set up with Chidwick possessing almost 60% of the chips. The card distribution favored Peters who kept getting high pairs but they never earned him more than only a little value.
Chidwick worked his way to a two-to-one lead but the chances reversed when Peters raise-called all-in with ace-nine preflop and beat Chidwick's king-ten.
Peters then looked down at aces for the second time during the heads-up match, and while he couldn't extract much from his previous big pairs, this time he got all the money. Chidwick three-bet out of the big blind with queen-deuce and triple-barreled his way to the runner-up finish on a board that gave Peters aces-full.
"Look at this cooler," Chidwick laughed after Peters called him down and busted his bluff.
"I played the hand masterfully," Peters joked, knowing that it was an auto-pilot spot for a player of his qualities. Then he praised Chidwick for his fantastic performances through the US Poker Open: "He had an amazing week and is obviously a great player."
With $1,256,650 in cashes, Chidwick now sits $700,000 clear from a second place in the rankings with only the $50,000 Main Event left to play. Both Peters and Chidwick will be looking to add one more great result to their respective showcases.
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U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings
|1||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||5||$1,256,650|
|3||David Peters||United States||3||$508,500|
|4||Keith Tilston||Keith Tilston||3||$387,100|
|6||Isaac Haxton||United States||3||$341,250|
|7||Ben Tollerene||United States||2||$287,600|
|8||Jason Koon||United States||1||$269,500|
|9||Jake Schindler||United States||3||$264,400|
|10||Chris Vitch||United States||1||$247,500|
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