David Peters has become one of the most dominant poker pros in the game today. He is a threat to go deep in any event he enters and unlike many pros, he is just as comfortable playing in a $500 event as a $50,000 High Roller.
Over the last two years, Peters has enjoyed back-to-back career years, culminating with a recent victory in a $1,500 NL Hold’em Event at the 2015 World Series of Poker. He’s earned over $7.87 million since the beginning of 2015 and now has over $12.22 million in live tournament earnings.
Let’s take a closer look at Peters and some of the highlights of his epic two-year run.
2015 Highlighted By High Roller Success
Peters’ two-year run began in March 2015 when he took down the EPT Malta €10,0000 High Roller. He crushed a field of 304 players and defeated Ivan Luca heads up to win the title and $653,552.
That was the first of three big High Roller scores that year. In July, Peters made the final table of the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl. He ultimately finished in fifth, earning $1.5 million
David ended the year with a victory in a $25,000 High Roller at Aria in Las Vegas. He survived a final table that included Joseph McKeehen, Erik Seidel and Nick Schulman. Peters defeated Isaac Haxton heads-up for the $426,240 score.
David also ran well during the 2015 WSOP. He cashed three times in Vegas, finishing 3rd in the $3k NL Shootout and 11th in the $10k PL Hold’em Championship. At the WSOP Europe, he finished 9th in the Monster Stack.
Peters finished 2015 with $2.93 million in live earnings. This was his best year as a pro – an accomplishment he has already eclipsed in 2016.
Peters Catches Fire in January and Hasn’t Cooled Off Yet
David nearly eclipsed his 2015 earnings in the first week of 2016. On January 4th, he finished runner-up to Fedor Holz in a $200,000 NL Event at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Manila. He earned $2.3 million in that one event.
He then went on to the PCA where he finished runner up in a pair off 8-Handed Survivor events, earning $100,00 and $44,905 respectively. He then finished fifth in the $100k Super High Roller for $461,340. By January 8th, he had $2.91 million in earnings.
Peters then flew out to Australia to play in Aussie Millions and made the final table of the A$250,000 Challenge. He fell just short of the title, finishing in 2nd but earning $629,614. It was just February 1st and Peters had already set a new career mark for earnings.
Peters was just getting started and below are just a few of his scores between February and the start of the 2016 WSOP:
- 3rd Place – $5,100 NL High Roller – L.A. Poker Classic – $52,920
- 4th Place – $25,000 Aria High Roller – $84,480
- 2nd Place – $25,000 Aria High Roller – $146,463
- 8th Place – €50,000 Super High Roller – EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo – $147,681
- 3rd Place €10k Turbo Super Knockout – EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo – $50,966
At the 2016 WSOP, Peters was appearing to struggle a bit, having only managed three cashes through June. However, he would catch fire again in early July when he took down a $25,000 High Roller at the Bellagio for $393,120. He faced off against his EPT Malta High Roller foe Ivan Luca once again, producing the same result.
Peter went back over to the Rio and the next day entered Event #56, a $1,500 NL. He masterfully navigated his way through a field of 1,860 to make the final table and survive a final table that included Matt Affleck to take his first career bracelet and $412,557.
One would assume that Peters would take a bit of a break after his bracelet win but he decided to try and take down the Bellagio Cup XII. He managed to cash in the event for the third time in four years and made his second career final table in the event. Peters eventually finished 7th for $88,386.
Through July, Peters has $4.93 million in live earnings – a full $2 million more than last year. His career live earnings are now $12.22 million.
He is Running Well Online Too
In addition to his insane runs in live tournaments, he is also posting solid numbers online. Since the beginning of 2015, Peters has posted over $636,000 in online poker tournament earnings. That is over $318k each year and we still have five months left in 2016.
Over that period, Peters has cashed in 522 events with 89 final tables, 29 top 3 finishes and 14 outright victories. He has 5 five-figure score during that period, including a deep run in the 2015 WCOOP Main Event where he finished in 28th for $32,000.
For his career, Peters has $4.84 million in online tournament earnings with over $3.34 million coming from PokerStars.
Writer’s Note: Thanks to PocketFives.com for the online statistical data.
Current Run Not Surprising
David Peters’ current run doesn’t really surprise me personally. I’ve been closely following his career since mid-2013 and have watched his game grow. Back in 2013, I took on a job as content manager for IveyPoker.com and one of my jobs was following and providing coverage on Ivey Poker Pros.
Soon after I started with Ivey Poker, David won the Bellagio Cup. This came after a WSOP that saw him cash eight times. I interviewed him following that victory about what his secret was to his success and he told me that, “There was no secret, just a lot of hard work. I played every day and always try to bring my A-game.
Regardless of how good or bad things are going, I always try to make sure to always block things out and just play my best poker. If you can do that, good things will happen.”
So when he started crushing in 2015 and continued doing so this year, it was no surprise. He continues to bring his A-Game and good things keep happening. What impresses me most about David is his ability to adapt to events at all stakes. It did not surprise me at all that his first bracelet was in a $1,500 Event that he entered the day after winning a $25k Bellagio High Roller.
What’s next for David? Who knows. However, with his determination, versatility and his desire to constantly improve, chances are we are going to see him as a major player in live and online poker for many years to come. Is it too early to consider him a future Hall of Famer? I think not.