David Peters Wins 2019 US Poker Open Main Event and Overall Championship Title

David Peters

The 2019 U.S. Poker Open concluded its 10-event series Saturday night with the conclusion of Event #10: $100,000 Main Event, a tournament that began with 33 runners. In the end, David Peters navigated a tough final table to not only win the title for $1.32 million, but to come from behind and win the overall USPO Championship title for an additional $100,000.

At the start of the final table, Sean Winter was the favorite to win the overall USPO honors, but when he fell short of the money, which would’ve locked it up for him, it opened the door for Peters. A win and a win only would do it for Peters, and he delivered by taking down one of the most prestigious events on U.S. soil.

“This feels amazing,” said the 31-year-old Peters. “This is obviously a very prestigious tournament, a great series, and to come from behind and to pass Sean by 10 points at the very end, that’s a pretty-pretty crazy feeling.”

He continued: “I’m just always trying to get better. I put in an endless amount of hours away from the table and it feels great to see all the hard work pay off. I’m always very hungry, always wanting to get better and better and better and better and that’s not going to stop. I hope to keep that keep that going."

Event #10: $100,000 Main Event Final Table Results

1David PetersUnited States$1,320,000
2Chris HunichenUnited States$858,000
3Keith TilstonUnited States$528,000
4Martin ZamaniUnited States$330,000
5Ryan RiessUnited States$264,000

Final Table Action

The day began with four players needing to hit the rail before the money was made. Nick Schulman was the first to fall after missing a flush against Chris Hunichen’s two pair. His departure meant Winter and Peters were the only players in contention for the 2019 USPO series overall championship.

However, when Winter bowed out in eighth place – the result of losing a flip with ace-ten suited against Keith Tilston’s pocket fives – he had a simple sweat. He would become the 2019 USPO Champion and claim the $100K bonus unless Peters won the tournament.

From there, Jason Koon exited in seventh place shortly after his aces were cracked by Martin Zamani, who flopped an open-ended straight draw and hit it on the turn. On the stone bubble, Justin Bonomo jammed with queen-jack only to run it smack dab into Ryan Riess’ ace-queen. Bonomo failed to get lucky and left emptyhanded in sixth place.

Once in the money, Riess busted after running pocket nines into Tilston’s jacks, and then Zamani followed him out the door in fourth courtesy of Tilston. Zamani had jammed with ace-ten and once again Tilston held with jacks.

Three-handed play lasted for a while before Tilston got his chips in with king-queen and failed to get there against Peters’ ace-six suited. Peters began a more than 2:1 chip lead against Hunichen in heads-up play.

In the final hand of the tournament, Hunichen limped with ace-eight and jammed after Peters raised with nines. The pocket pair held and Hunichen had to settle for second place.

Peters Tops USPO Points Leaderboard to Win $100K Bonus

Sean Winter
Sean Winter

Peters’ win allowed him to capture the 2019 USPO Championship, which came with a $100,000 bonus. While Winter was the favorite with five final table appearances and a victory, Peters edged him out thanks to his win combined with a runner-up finished to Winter in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $100,800 and fifth in Event #9: $50,000 NLH for $164,000.

Final 2019 U.S. Poker Open Overall Standings

PositionPlayerCountryCashesPointsPrize Money
1David PetersUnited States3550$1,584,000
2Sean WinterUnited States5540$747,900
3Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom4540$705,950
4Nick SchulmanUnited States2410$390,000
5Brandon AdamsUnited States3365$314,750
6Koray AldemirGermany2340$897,200
7Cary KatzUnited States3340$580,200
8Bryn KenneyUnited States2240$477,000
9Lauren RobertsUnited States2240$263,400
10Jordan CristosUnited States2240$206,200
11Ali ImsirovicUnited States1200$442,500
12Ben YuUnited States3200$262,800

That concludes PokerNews coverage of the 2019 USPO congratulations to all those who captured titles during the series, and to David Peters for being named the overall series champion to capture the $100,000 bonus courtesy of Poker Central.

2019 U.S. Poker Open Winners

USPO #1: $10,000 NLH90Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$216,000
USPO #2: $10,000 PLO64Jordan CristosUnited States$179,200
USPO #3: $10,000 NLH91Lauren RobertsUnited States$218,400
USPO #4: $10,000 Short Deck42Sean WinterUnited States$151,200
USPO #5: $25,000 NLH59Ali ImsirovicUnited States$442,500
USPO #6: $25,000 PLO39Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$351,000
USPO #7: $25,000 NLH60Bryn KenneyUnited States$450,000
USPO #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix20Nick SchulmanUnited States$270,000
USPO #9: $50,000 NLH41Koray AldemirGermany$738,000
USPO #10: $100,000 Main Event33David PetersUnited States$1,320,000
  • David Peters topped 33-entry field to win U.S. Poker Open Event 10: $100K Main Event for $1,320,000.

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