It took him three years to do it, but David Peters managed to claim his second straight US Poker Open overall championship this past week. Peters had won the crown back in 2019, the last time the event was held.
After it was postponed in 2020, as most events switched to online poker, Peters managed to do it again this year and win a $50,000 bonus along with all the prize money he racked up along the way.
David Peters Pounces
The key for Peters was a pair of consecutive wins this past week, as he scored in events #10 and #11. That gave him three wins overall, heading into the 12th and final event.
Although Peters didn’t do much in that #12 event, none of the others who were chasing could quite get to him, with Sean Winter coming in second.
Overall, Peters ended up with earnings of over $832,000 for the totality of the US Poker Open in 2021. That put him a little less than $50,000 over Winter. Imsirovic nailed down the third spot.
The US Poker Open, which was sponsored by PokerGO, ended up shelling out over $11 million in purse money. It was one of the first big live events to be held in many months in poker, and the number of entries for each event showed that a lot of pros are anxious to get back to in-person action. Meanwhile, we’ll have to look ahead to 2022 to see if Peters can make it three straight Open victories.
WSOP Plots Schedule
The 2021 World Series of Poker dwarfs most other poker events when it comes to player interest and the amount of money being handed out. And this year’s event could engender even more passion from the players due to the fact that last year’s WSOP was largely relegated to the online sphere.
This year could be one of the most highly-anticipated WSOP’s ever, which is why the announcement of the schedule this week was met with great excitement in the poker community.
The WSOP begins on September 23rd and runs through November 21st at the Rio in Las Vegas. At the moment, all events are scheduled to be live, as opposed to the hybrid action of last year. A total of 88 bracelets will be handed out in that time.
The Executive Director of the WSOP, Ty Stewart, talked to Poker News about the announcement and some of the changes from past years. He explained that the lack of online events was in part due to the summer online series that is coming up shortly.
And he also explained that shortening the time span for the final table from three to two days had to do with CBS, the new network home of the WSOP.
Like just about everybody else, Stewart seems to be genuinely excited about a return to World Series of Poker normalcy, and this announcement will certainly whet everyone’s appetite for when the action actually begins in a few months.
Doyle Brunson Is Back
Poker players never really retire, certainly not when they’re as legendary as the one and only Doyle Brunson. That’s why there wasn’t too much surprise this week when Brunson announced via tweet that he’s likely going to tee it up for a few World Series of Poker events this coming fall.
While the shock wasn’t there, the news was still a huge boost to poker enthusiasts who want to see Brunson stir it up again with the game’s whippersnappers.
For those who are wondering, Brunson originally announced his retirement in 2018 when he signed off with a sixth-place finish in a WSOP event and claimed that was that. He kept to his word in 2019, and, with the online nature of the 2020 WSOP, he was unsurprisingly absent.
But with the entire world of poker excited to get back to live, in-person play in 2021, having Brunson back seems for the grandest of poker get-togethers seems entirely fitting.
And would you could him out from perhaps making a run in one or even of the events he tries. After all, he was still very much a factor when he last played three years ago. If he finds his groove at the Rio, who knows what he can do?
Clear a spot at the table for the legend and, if you happen to be up against him, don’t take him lightly whatever you do.
A “Chance” to Shine
The U.S. Poker Open wasn’t the only big-numbers poker game in town this past week. At The Venetian, over 2,000 players ponied up $1,600 each to take part in a Hold’em Main Event showdown as part of the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour. With the huge field, over 200 players ended up in the money.
When the field was winnowed to 15, Peter Braglia held the chip lead. But Chance Kornuth was the powerhouse once play began. By the time they reached the final table of nine, Kornuth was at the top of the mountain.
He solidified that lead by knocking out several of the remaining players as the field dropped down to the final two. That left Kornuth head-to-head against Braglia, which was fitting since those two had pretty much been at the top all along.
But any hopes for a protracted showdown were doused pretty quickly.
Right off the bat, once they got down to two, Braglia tried to play the aggressor in the hopes of narrowing Kornuth’s margin or maybe even taking the lead away. He did that by bluffing with no more than a pair of threes.
Little did he know that Kornuth was holding a set of sevens. And once he found out, it was all over but the counting of the money.
With the win, Kornuth ended up with an excellent winner’s share of $412,086. It also was a milestone for him, as he climbed over $8 million in career earnings. If you’re going to go over a big round number like that, it’s always extra special if you can do it with a win.
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