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David Peters Wins 2020 World Series of Poker Online $10,000 Heads-Up Event

The American Poker Pro Earned His Second Gold Bracelet and $360,480 After Defeating Michael Addamo In The Finals

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David Peters has been one of the most consistent performers on the live tournament circuit over the past half decade. The Ohio native has averaged $5.7 million in annual tournament cashes from 2015-2019, with three finishes or sixth place or higher in the Card Player Player of the Year standings during that time period including an outright win in the POY race in 2016. Peters has now added another distinction to his already world-class resume by taking down the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $10,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up event. Peters overcame a stacked field of 128 total entries to secure his second gold bracelet and the top prize of $360,480.

A number of big names made the money by surviving to at least the round of 16 in this event, including Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (round of 16 – $24,832), high-stakes online tournament star Samuel Vousden (round of 16 – $24,832), six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negranu (round of 16 – $24,832), World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event winner Aaron Van Blarcum (round of 16 – $24,832) and bracelet winner Mike Leah (round of 16 – $24,832). Belarmino De Souza recorded his 10th cash of the series by making the uarterfinals in this event, earning $49,664 for his latest deep run.

Peters won seven consecutive heads-up matches in order to secure the title. His route to the seminifinals included victories over Johan Guilbert, Sami Kelopuro, Scott Woods, high-stakes tournament regular Sergi Reixach, and Stefan Burakov.

The semifinalists took a week-long break after setting up their matches on Saturday, Aug. 8. Play resumed on Aug. 15, with Peters squaring off against Canada’s Alyssa MacDonald while two-time bracelet winner Michael Addamo faced fellow high roller regular Michael Zhang on the opposite side of the bracket.

Michael AddamoAddamo was the first to advance to the finals. Zhang started out with an early lead, but Addamo had fought his way ahead by the time the final hand of their match was dealt. Addamo picked up the 6Spade Suit3Spade Suit on the button and raised to 40,000. Zhang three-bet to 160,000 with the KSpade SuitQClub Suit and Addamo called. The flop came down KClub Suit3Heart Suit3Diamond Suit and Zhang bet 80,000 with his kings and threes. Addamo called with his trips and the 10Heart Suit hit the turn. Zhang fired 288,000 and Addamo smooth called again. The 2Spade Suit completed the board and Zhang moved all-in for 887,344. Addamo quickly called with his trip threes to send Zhang to the rail with $124,160.

Peters and MacDonald were more or less even when Addamo secured his finals berth. Peters was able to jump out to a lead as play continued, sitting with around a 5:3 chip advantage when the decisive hand was dealt. Peters had raised preflop from the bottom with JSpade Suit10Spade Suit and called a three-bet from MacDonald, who held QSpade SuitQClub Suit in the big blind. The flop came down QDiamond Suit10Club Suit8Spade Suit and MacDonald bet 177,408 with top set. Peters called with his pair and straight draw, only to adds to a flush when the 5Spade Suit hit the turn. MacDonald bet 390,498 and Peters called. The 9Club Suit on the river prompted a check from MacDonald. Peters moved all-in with his rivered straight and MacDonald called off her last 661,442 with her set. She earned $124,160 for her strong showing in this event.

The final heads-up match for the title began right away. The two traded small leads in the early going, before Addamo landed the first big blow of the match by picking off an overbet bluff from Peters with aces up. The hand propelled him to better than a 2:1 chip lead. Peters regained the lead in dramatic fashion, making a straight flush against the ace-high flush of Addamo. Peters turned the unbeatable hand with 8Diamond Suit5Spade Suit on a 7Spade Suit6Spade Suit4Spade Suit3Spade SuitJHeart Suit board. Addamo shoved over his river bet with ASpade Suit4Heart Suit only to get a snap call from Peters, who doubled up to take a slight lead in the match.

Addamo fought back ahead for a brief period, but Peters soon regained the lead for what would ultimately be the last time. By the time the final hand of the tournament was dealt, Addamo was down to around seven big blinds. He shoved from the button with JClub Suit3Club Suit and Peters called with AHeart SuitKSpade Suit. The board came down ASpade Suit9Spade Suit5Diamond SuitADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit and Peters made aces full of kings to secure the pot and the title. Addamo earned $223,488 after falling just short of winning his third career bracelet.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded in this event:

Place Name Earnings
Champion David Peters $360,480
Runner-Up Michael Addamo $223,488
Semi-Finalist Alyssa MacDonald $124,160
Semi-Finalist Michael Zhang $124,160
Quarter-Finalist Stefan Burakov $49,664
Quarter-Finalist Christopher Brewer $49,664
Quarter-Finalist Belarmino De Souza $49,664
Quarter-Finalist Pedro Waldburger $49,664
Round of 16 Ajay Chabra $24,832
Round of 16 Sergi Reixach $24,832
Round of 16 Mike Leah $24,832
Round of 16 Aaron Van Blarcum $24,832
Round of 16 Daniel Negreanu $24,832
Round of 16 Samuel Vousden $24,832
Round of 16 Vlad Stefan Lache $24,832
Round of 16 Bertrand Grospellier $24,832