David Peters Scores RRPO $5,000 Victory in Consecutive Years

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em      
Entries: 95
Prize Pool: $451,250  
November 26, 2018 

David Peters wins $5,000 no-limit hold’em

If David Peters wasn’t already one of the best no-limit hold’em tournament players on the planet, there might be some credence to the theory that the shirt that he wore on Monday is his lucky shirt.

For the second consecutive year, the Ohio native won the Rock N’ Roll Poker Open’s $5,000 no-limit hold’em event. Last year, he defeated Scott Wright heads-up to take down the title and this year, he defeated a 95-entry field and bested Guillaume Diaz to earn the $143,159 and his second consecutive trophy in this event.

“Isn’t that the same shirt you wore last year?!” asked Peters’ girlfriend after the final card was dealt. “Yeah, it is. I bought you that shirt.”

Peters smiled and acknowledged how crazy it was for him to win the event for the second year in a row.

“It’s kind of crazy,” he said. “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.”

David Peters from his 2017 win

Peters has north of $29 million in career tournament earnings and is always in the discussion for ‘Best no-limit hold’em player in the world.’

His skill was on display for the entirety of the tournament, but was magnified in a hand against World Series of Poker bracelet winner Will Givens. Givens raised from under the gun and went bet, bet, jam on an Ad9d4cKhJd runout.

Peters check-called down from the big blind with KdQh and doubled up against Givens’ 6s5s. The pot gave him about a third of the chips in play eight-handed and left Givens with just a few big blinds. He was eliminated in eighth-place on the very next hand.

“I felt that there was a lot of small pairs, a lot of low suited connectors, queen-jack, jack-ten suited type hands that would keep barreling,” said Peters about his call on the turn.

The Jd river card allowed Peters to piece together the rest of the hand.

“I was blocking the nut flush and the ace, jack and nine are all out there, so there aren’t too many combos of flushes,” said Peters about the most infamous hand of the final table. “I don’t think he’d bet that sizing on the flop with top set, I block queen-ten suited. I don’t think he’d immediately go all in with two pair or a set or hands like that. I thought there were a lot of hands like he had that are trying to blow me off a nine. I have a lot of weakish ace-x type hands that are obligated to call the turn. So I felt he was trying to blow me off a lot of those hands. So I called. It worked out.”

The $5,000 buy-in is a little smaller than what Peters is used to playing. He’s one of the elite players that participates regularly in $25,000 buy-ins and up. He’s got three seven-figure scores in the last month in those type of events.

In some of the smaller events, seeing Peters call down in that spot may make some less experienced players shy away from playing pots with him. This final table featured two bracelet winners, an EPT champion and a team PokerStars pro.

Peters didn’t think anybody at this final table would be intimidated in the slightest.

“I guess sometimes maybe some guys might not be trying to play too many pots with me or might avoid marginal situations,” said Peters. “So I can sometimes take advantage of that. On the flip side, you have some guys that are ready to battle. I don’t think any of these guys were scared or anything like that.”

The 95-entry field paid out the top 12 spots and here are the results:

1st: David Peters – $143,159
2nd: Guillaume Diaz – $85,738
3rd: Alexander Haber – $54,150
4th: Joey Weissman – $34,972
5th: Jake Schwartz – $27,075
6th: Stanley Lee – $21,434
7th: Jeff Gross – $18,050
8th: Will Givens – $15,794
9th: Chad Eveslage – $14,318
10th: Mykel Conroe – $13,086
11th: Paul Fisher – $12,184
12th: Joe McKeehen – $11,190

Event 16: David Peters Wins ($143,159), Guillaume Diaz Eliminated in 2nd ($85,738)

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 95

David Peters

David Peters moved all in on the button and Guillaume Diaz called out of the big blind. Diaz was all in for for about 700,000 and in the lead with his As6d against Peters’ QdTc.

The board ran out 9h8c3hQc2h and Peters turned a queen to make the best hand, win the pot and the tournament.

Diaz was eliminated and took home $85,738 for his runner-up finish. Peters earned $143,159 for the victory.

Guillaume Diaz

David Peters – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Single-Day Champion
Guillaume Diaz – Elimianted 

Event 16: Alexander Haber – 3rd Place ($54,150)

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 95

Alexander Haber

Alexander Haber moved all in from the small blind for about 260,000 and David Peters called from the big blind.

Peters showed Ad9h and was in the lead against Haber’s Kd6d.

The board ran out 8h5h2cTd5d and Peters’ ace-high won the pot. Haber was out in third place and earned $54,150 for his deep run. Peters goes into heads-up play against Guillaume Diaz at a slight chip disadvantage.

David Peters – 800,000
Alexander Haber – Eliminated 

Event 16: Guillaume Diaz Calls Down With Queen-High

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 95

Alexander Haber raised to 45,000 on the button and Guillaume Diaz called out of the big blind.

They both checked a flop of 7c5d5s and the As came on the turn. Diaz checked again and Haber bet 40,000. Diaz called and the river was the 3c.

Diaz checked and Haber bet 75,000. Diaz called. Haber showed JcTc and Diaz won the pot with QsJh.

“Queen-high?” asked Haber.

“Sometimes it’s good,” said Diaz. “Sometimes it’s not.”

Guillaume Diaz – 920,000
Alexander Haber – 480,000

Event 16: Alexander Haber Doubles Through Guillaume Diaz

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 95

David Peters limped in on the button and Guillaume Diaz moved all in out of the small blind. Alexander Haber called from the big blind and was all in for 270,000 before Peters folded.

Haber showed AcQd and was flipping against Diaz’s 4s4h.

The flop was Qc9c7h and Haber took the lead. The turn was the 5h and the river was the Qh. Haber made trip queens and doubled up.

Alexander Haber – 580,000
Guillaume Diaz – 800,000