David Peters Wins Third USPO Title in Five Days in the Event #11: $25K NLHE ($465,750)

David Peters

The 2019 U.S. Poker Open Series Champion David Peters is the odds-on favorite to defend his title after winning USPO Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $467,750 at the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort & Casino.

It was another dominating display for Peters as he came into the final table with one of the short stacks only to soar ahead and oust the final four players in Ivan Zufic, Dan Shak, Event #1 champion Jake Daniels, and Vanessa Kade en route to yet another victory.

Peters is absolutely on fire as this was the remarkably his third title in five days. On Thursday, Peters won Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $217,800 and before also shipping Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck on Sunday for $124,200 .

Winning the U.S. Poker Open Championship isn't a lock just quite yet for Peters as Sam Soverel can still win the title if he can spin up a short stack at the final table of Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Soverel will need to win the event to dethrone Peters, otherwise, the festival is looking at its first back-to-back champion.

Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

1David PetersUnited States$465,750
2Ivan ZuficCroatia$345,000
3Dan ShakUnited States$224,250
4Jake DanielsUnited States$172,500
5Vanessa KadeCanada$138,000
6Frank FunaroUnited States$103,500

Event #11 Final Table Recap

Zufic began the final table with the chip lead and sent Frank Funaro packing early in the action in sixth place for $103,500.

Kade then won a big pot against Zufic and appeared to be taking control of the event with more than half the chips in play. Her reign as the table captain didn't last long as things began to fall apart for Kade after losing a pot to Shak and doubling up Peters. Kade's quest for the title ended a few hands later in fifth place for $138,000 after her ace-eight didn't get there against the big slick held by Peters.

Daniels found himself short on chips and was eliminated by Peters in fourth place for $172,500 when his ace-five didn't hold against queen-ten.

Despite eliminating two players, it wasn't smooth sailing for Peters during three-handed play as Zufic regained the chip lead before handing it over to Shak. Peters would regain the lead and never look back after doubling up against Shak.

Shak was then short on chips and was ousted by Peters in third place for $224,250 when his king-five suited didn't hold after Peters improved to a straight with jack-six suited.

Heads-up action lasted just one hand with Peters holding a 3:1 chip advantage against Zufic. It was a huge cooler for Zufic who got it in with a premium hand heads-up with nines only to run into the tens held by Peters. The board ran dry for Zufic and he settled for the healthy runner-up prize of $345,000, while Peters was awarded his third title this festival.

Sean Winter Leads Final 6 Players in USPO Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Sean Winter
Sean Winter leads final 6 players in Event #12

The 2021 U.S. Poker Open jacked up the stakes for the final event of the festival with Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em eclipsing the $25,000 buy-in in Event #11 and the $10,000 buy-in featured during each of the first 10 events.

The event attracted 42 entries to generate a $2.1 million prize pool. The action was whittled down to just a six-player final table on the opening day with Sean Winter bagging the overnight chip lead with a stack of 2,080,000.

Bill Klein (1,575,000), Jonathan Little (1,450,000), Stephen Chidwick (1,320,000), and Jason Koon (1,110,000) all advanced stacks north of 1 million in chips.

All eyes are on Sam Soverel (860,000), who will hope to spin up his short stack. Soverel needs to come from behind and secure an outright victory in order to dethrone David Peters, who currently is on top of the leaderboard after winning three events.

Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Seat Draw

SeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Jason KoonUnited States1,110,00028
2Jonathan LittleUnited States1,450,00036
3Sean WinterUnited States2,080,00052
4Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom1,320,00033
5Bill KleinUnited States1,575,00039
6Sam SoverelUnited States860,00022
Total  8,395,000210
Average  1,399,16735

Where to Watch the Final Table?

The final six players will return to the PokerGo Studios on Tuesday, June 15 with the action expected to begin at 3 p.m. EDT. PokerGO will live stream what promises to be some of the most exciting poker action of the year beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Remember, an annual subscription to PokerGO costs $99.99, but you can save $20 off by using promo code “USPO21” at checkout. Sign up by going here.

Final Table Payouts

All returning players are guaranteed at least a $105,000 payout with the eventual winner slated to take home a massive $756,000 top prize.


2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings

David Peters
David Peters leads the 2021 USPO Leaderboard

After winning his third USPO event on Monday, Peters has unseeded Ali Imsirovic for the top spot on the 2021 U.S. Poker Championship Standings and is the odds on favorite to win with just one player able to catch him in the final event in Soverel.

Soverel has his work cut out for him on his quest to win the Golden Eagle Trophy as he will need to win Event #12: $50,000 No Limit Hold'em where he comes in with the shortest stack with six players remaining.

1David Peters64634$832,950
2Ali Imsirovic48315$482,000
3Dan Shak37104$459,750
4Jake Daniels32312$391,000
5Andrew Lichtenberger30803$308,000
6Joe McKeehen30212$302,200
7Steve Zolotow28903$289,000
8Cary Katz27004$270,100
9Ivan Zufic26602$404,400
10John Riordan25314$273,550

2021 U.S. Poker Open Results

EventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em95$950,000Jake DanielsUnited States$218,500
Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha65$650,000Sam SoverelUnited States$175,000
Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em77$770,000Joe McKeehenUnited States$200,200
Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix48$480,000John RiordanUnited States$163,200
Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em85$850,000Joey WeissmanUnited States$204,000
Event #6: $10,000 8-Game68$680,000Eli ElezraUnited States$183,600
Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em99$990,000David PetersUnited States$217,800
Event #8: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha63$630,000Jared BleznickUnited States$189,000
Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em99$990,000Ali ImsirovicBosnia and Herzegovina$217,800
Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck27$270,000David PetersUnited States$124,200
Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em69$1,725,000David PetersUnited States$465,750

*Images courtesy of Poker Central

  • Unless Sam Soverel can pull a comeback in Event #12, David Peters will be the defending U.S. Poker Open champion after winning three events.

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