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David Peters Wins Same Poker Tournament In Back-To-Back Years

Peters Took Down The 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event For $143,159


Same venue. Same tournament. Same shirt. Same winner.

In 2017 David Peters took down a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at the Seminole Hard Rock Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open. Exactly 364 days later Peters returned to the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, wearing the same grey and black pullover, and won the 2018 running of the same event. This year Peters outlasted a field of 95 entries to capture the title and the $143,159 top prize.

“It’s kind of crazy,” Peters told Seminole Hard Rock bloggers after coming out on top. “It was a fun tournament. 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.”

This was Peter’s seventh title and 24th final-table finish of 2018. He earned 432 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win, enough to see him further secure his hold on the fourth-place spot on the 2018 POY race leaderboard. The 2016 Player of the Year award winner currently sits with 7,629 points and $10,433,892 in year-to-date earnings. Peters is now in great shape to finish in sixth place or better in the POY race for the third straight year, having won in 2016 and placed sixth last year.

The event featured a $250,000 guarantee this year, but the solid turnout saw the final prize pool grow to $451,250 by the time registration closed. While Peters was undeniably the most accomplished player at the final table, he was joined by a number of tough opponents including a pair of World Series of Poker bracelet winners in William Givens (8th – $15,794) and Joey Weissman (4th – $34,972), recent World Poker Tour bestbet Bounty Scramble runner-up Jake Schwartz (5th – $27,075), team PokerStars pro Jeff Gross (7th – $18,050) and 2018 Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza I main event winner Stanley Lee (6th – $21,434).

In the end, it came down to a battle between Peters and Guillaume Diaz, a two-time European Poker Tour side event winner. Diaz began the heads-up showdown with a slight lead, but Peters had fought his way on top by the time the final hand arose. With blinds of 20,000-40,000 and a big-blind ante of 40,000, Peters moved all in from the button with the QDiamond Suit10Club Suit and Diaz called for around 700,000 holding the ASpade Suit6Diamond Suit. The board ran out 9Heart Suit8Club Suit3Heart SuitQClub Suit2Heart Suit and Peters paired his queen on the turn to secure the pot and the title. Diaz earned $85,738 for his second-place showing.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 David Peters $143,159 432
2 Guillaume Diaz $85,738 360
3 Alexander Haber $54,150 288
4 Joey Weissman $34,972 216
5 Jake Schwartz $27,075 180
6 Stanley Lee $21,434 144
7 Jeff Gross $18,050 108
8 William Givens $15,794 72

Images provided by Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.