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If you ask the average poker fan, they’d tell you that Fedor Holz had the best year in 2016. While his $16.48 million in earnings is the second best single year total all-time, there’s one player that may have an argument to the contrary.

David Peters has quietly put together a career year with over $7.27 million in earnings after a 3rd place finish in the EPT Prague Main Event. His 2016 earnings are more than double his career best of $2.93 million just a year ago.

Peters not only has put together a campaign that rivals Holz for the best of 2016 but he has also snuck up and stolen both the CardPlayer and Global Poker Index Player of the Year titles.

Peters Always a Threat When Playing Live

David Peters is the epitome of the “strikeout or home run” mentality that you sometimes need to put together an epic year in poker. Let’s take a quick look at his stats this year:

  • 27 Live Tournament Cashes
  • 23 Final Tables
  • 15 Top 3 Finishes
  • 4 Wins
  • 15 Scores of $100k or More
  • 1 WSOP Bracelet

When is the last time that you have heard of someone making the final table in 85% of their live cashes. When Peters went deep, he was always in contention to win.

High Roller Events Were Very Good to Peters

One thing that set David Peters apart from your standard pro player up until this year was that he dominated at all buy-in levels. If you look at his Hendon Mob profile, you will see results in events ranging in buy-ins from $500 to $500,000.

This year, the majority of his scores were in high roller events. Peters isn’t a stranger to these events but wasn’t exactly considered a high stakes regular either. That changed in a big way this year starting with the first high roller tournament of 2016.

Peters finished 2nd in a $200,000 Triton Super High Roller Series event to Fedor Holz. Peters took down $2.3 million for the finish, the largest score of his live poker career.

That deep run sparked an epic run only topped by Holz. Take a look at his top scores below.

Top 5 Scores in 2016:

  • $200,000 NL – Triton Super High Roller Series (WPTN) – 2nd – $2.30 million
  • HK$ 250,000 NL High Roller – Asia Championship of Poker – 1st – $629,868
  • A$ 250,000 Challenge – Aussie Millions – 2nd – $629,614
  • $50,000 Aria Super High Roller – 1st – $511,970
  • $100,000 NL High Roller – PokerStars Caribbean Adventure – 5th – $461,340

Peters Quietly Takes Down CardPlayer and GPI Player of the Year Title

Prior to the EPT Prague, Peters trailed Fedor Holz in both the CardPlayer and Global Poker Index Player of the Year races. When he didn’t cash in any of the high roller events, it seemed that Peters would finish in second.

Then he caught fire in the Main Event and went into final table second in chips. His eventual third place finish was enough to put him over the top in both POY races.

Peters now has 8,181 points in the CardPlayer POY race, 1,123 over Holz. Once his EPT Prague finish posts, Peters will gain 480.58 pts to move him up to 3,846.68 point overall. This will give him a 201.88 point lead over Holz.

David Peters has quietly been making a name for himself in the live poker world over the last four years. In 2013, he put together a career year as part of Ivey Poker that was highlighted with a win in the Bellagio Cup.

He followed that up with a 2015 campaign that more than doubled his 2013 total. This year, he established himself as a force in the high stakes world while taking his first WSOP bracelet and reminding everyone that he can crush at all levels.

Peters reminds me a lot of Erik Seidel in the fact that he quietly racks up millions and dominates the game at all levels. Of course, I don’t think we will ever catch Seidel getting his “pimp” on like Peters recently did in Prague.

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.