David Peters Wins Back-To-Back U.S. Poker Open Championships; Imsirovic Extends PokerGO Tour Lead


After sitting out most of the early PokerGO Tour events in 2021, it took very little time for David Peters to get back into top form at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open (USPO).

Peters, who won the U.S. Poker Open Championship when it was last held in 2019, claimed his second straight USPO title to pick up a $50,000 bonus and the 54-pound Golden Eagle trophy after impressively winning three USPO tournaments and avoiding a final day charge by USPO Event #2 champion Sam Soverel.

“It’s been a crazy week. I obviously ran pretty well. I haven’t played live poker in over a year and a half. It feels good to be back,” Peters said after watching Soverel bust out of the $50,000 USPO finale. “It feels good to jump back in there playing against all of these great players that I’ve battled with all these years.”

2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings

Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1 David Peters 646 3 4 $832,950
2 Sean Winter 484 1 2 $785,700
3 Ali Imsirovic 483 1 5 $482,000
4 Stephen Chidwick 427 0 3 $628,700
5 Dan Shak 371 0 4 $459,750
6 Jake Daniels 323 1 2 $391,000
7 Sam Soverel 316 1 4 $382,300
8 Andrew Lichtenberger 308 0 3 $308,000
9 Joe McKeehen 302 1 2 $302,200
10 Steve Zolotow 289 0 3 $289,000

Sweat for Peters

Sam Soverel
USPO Event #2 champion Sam Soverel gives David Peters a last-minute sweat

The series title didn’t come without a sweat, and Peters had to stand by after busting out of the final event as Soverel, Ali Imsirovic, Andrew Lichtenberger, Joe McKeehen, and Cary Katz all entered the tournament with an opportunity to take the USPO title with a victory. Only Soverel made it to the second day, and Peters clinched the win when Soverel busted out in fifth place.


Read More: Sean Winter Defeats Stephen Chidwick to Win USPO Event #12: $50K NLHE ($756,000)


Peters won the first of his back-to-back USPO titles in 2019 by winning the final event to pass Sean Winter in the standings on the last day.

“It’s very important. Winning back-to-back is a really cool thing. I was hoping he didn’t do what I did to Sean (Winter) last time, so it worked out well.”

2021 U.S. Poker Open Results

The 2021 U.S. Poker Open awarded more than $11 million in prize pools across a dozen events. Peters was the only player to win multiple titles by impressively winning three events on his way to back-to-back USPO championships.

Other big names also had their day in the sun after winning big events including Jake Daniels, McKeehen, John Riordan, Joey Weissman, Jared Bleznick, Imsirovic, and Sean Winter.

Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Country Prize
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 95 $950,000 Jake Daniels United States $218,500
Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 65 $650,000 Sam Soverel United States $175,000
Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 77 $770,000 Joe McKeehen United States $200,200
Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix 48 $480,000 John Riordan United States $163,200
Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 85 $850,000 Joey Weissman United States $204,000
Event #6: $10,000 8-Game 68 $680,000 Eli Elezra United States $183,600
Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 99 $990,000 David Peters United States $217,800
Event #8: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 63 $630,000 Jared Bleznick United States $189,000
Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 99 $990,000 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina $217,800
Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck 27 $270,000 David Peters United States $124,200
Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 69 $1,725,000 David Peters United States $465,750
Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em 42 $2,100,000 Sean Winter United States $756,000
           
Total 837 $11,085,000      

Peters Prepared for a Long PokerGO Tour Season

The time off for Peters appears to be over as he plans to play a full schedule of events throughout the remainder of the year. With a packed slate of high-stakes tournaments coming up on the PokerGO Tour, Peters is prepared for a long season.

“I think I am going to play a lot. I missed a good chunk of the PokerGO Tour the last couple of months, but I am ready to get back in there and grind a lot of these. Hopefully I can accumulate a lot of points.”

Peters finishes the USPO with 646 PokerGO Tour points, which is good enough for sixth place on tour. Winter added 434 points to his total with his win in the $50,000 event, giving him 1099 points and sole possession of third place.

About the PokerGO Tour

In April, streaming service PokerGO announced a series of high roller tournaments and a new points system that would see the top players competing with one another at a variety of high stakes events throughout the year. The PokerGO Tour will feature over 150 events with buy-ins of $10,000 or more, and the top three finishers at the end of the year will split $175,000 in prize money.

The USPO was the first major event on a tour that is set to include other majors like the Poker Masters and new series like the PokerGO Cup and the PokerGO Heads-Up Championship. Events over $10,000 are included in the tour lineup, and future WSOP tournaments will count in the standings, as well.

Imsirovic Pads His Lead in the PokerGO Tour Standings

Ali Imsirovic
Ali Imsirovic pads lead on the PokerGO Tour Leaderboard

While the top two spots remain the same, there was plenty of movement on the leaderboard throughout the USPO as players picked up a lot of points in some of the largest events on tour so far.

Imsirovic extended his lead on the tour leaderboard with an impressive USPO showing which included a win and four additional cashes that netted him 481 points to bring his first-place total to 1897. He increasing the gap with Sean Perry (1,256 points) in second place, who added 106 points with a runner-up finish in the $10,000 Big Bet Mix event.

Soverel came up short of the USPO title in the final event, but he cashed four times for 318 points to climb into fourth place with 852 total points.

McKeehen and Daniels both picked up big points with wins at the USPO. McKeehen moved to just outside the top ten with 302 more points on his win in Event #3 to bring his tour total to 526. Daniels took down the first tournament of the series and an additional paying finish to pick up 323 points.

Dan Shak took a big jump towards the top ten, cashing in four events to earn $459,750, adding 371 points to give him 433 on the year. Katz finished in the money in four events as well, winning $270,100 for 270 points. He jumps to eighth place on the tour leaderboard with 611 total points.

Elsewhere in the top ten, Brock Wilson and Jake Schindler both cashed twice. Wilson added 140 points to his total and has 627 points so far, good for 7th place. He is seeking his first win on tour. Schindler added 111 points to bring his total to 555, enough to stay in the top ten. Chris Brewer cashed in one event and slipped slightly to fifth place with 816 points.

Place Player County Total Points Wins Cashes Total Earnings
1 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,416 5 12 $1,977,460
2 Sean Perry USA 1,150 2 9 $1,693,618
3 Chris Brewer USA 763 1 11 $1,082,100
4 Sean Winter USA 665 1 9 $938,090
5 Sam Soverel USA 534 1 6 $786,396
6 Shawn Daniels USA 523 1 4 $551,500
7 Brock Wilson USA 487 0 5 $695,186
8 Chad Eveslage USA 461 1 1 $767,576
9 Jake Schindler USA 444 1 4 $638,408
10 Arthur Conan France 440 1 1 $733,320

See the full leaderboard here!

Wynn Millions and PokerGO Cup Up Next

The PokerGO Tour now moves on to the Wynn Millions on June 25 before returning to the PokerGO Studios from July 1-9 for eight events at the brand new PokerGO Cup featuring buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to the $100,000 series finale.

After the PokerGO Cup, the tour continues with the PokerGO $100,000 Heads Up Championship on July 12, as well as high stakes summer events in Florida at the Seminole High Roller and throughout Las Vegas in the high roller series at the Aria and the Venetian. The tour returns to the PokerGO Studios in September for the Poker Masters and will feature tournaments $10,000 and above from throughout this year’s World Series of Poker.

*Images courtesy of Poker Central



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