David Peters has opened his 2022 World Series of Poker by winning Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty for $1,166,810. Peters topped a field of 46 entrants to win his fourth gold bracelet to see his WSOP earnings climb to over $5.8 million. Peters also moves into fifth-place overall on the All-Time Money List ahead of Erik Seidel to sit with over $40.1 million in lifetime tournament earnings.
Peters defeated three-time WSOP bracelet winner and start-of-day chip leader Chance Kornuth heads-up. Kornuth – who recently added a WPT title to his impressive poker resume – collected $721,144 for his second-place finish, while Italian Dario Sammartino exited in third place for $498,696 in prize money. Two early casualties at the final table were Ali Imsirovic in fourth place, and defending WSOP Main Event champion Koray Aldemir in fifth place.
“It’s always nice to beat someone that’s hot, and someone that is a great player,” Peters said on defeating Kornuth heads-up. “It was nice to beat a player like that for sure.”
Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty Final Table Results
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Beginning the live streamed final table with the overwhelming chip lead, Kornuth immediately extended it when he eliminated Aldemir in fifth place. Shortly after, Imsirovic ran into the aces of Peters to leave Event #2 down to the final three players.
Sammartino managed to find a double, and just as it was looking like he was gaining some momentum, he would stumble when his ace-eight was unable to improve against the pocket jacks of Peters. Peters entered heads-up play with a three-to-two advantage over Kornuth as both players were eyeing a fourth WSOP bracelet. Unfortunately for Kornuth, he was unable to mount a comeback when he was all-in with pocket eights, but ran into the pocket kings of Peters. Although Kornuth caught some life on the flop with a straight draw, two blanks followed on the turn and river, and he was eliminated in second place for $721,144 in prize money.
From humble beginnings in Toledo, Ohio, to consistent high roller success while living in Las Vegas, Nevada, Peters’ has amassed one of the most accomplished poker resumes of his generation. Now sitting fifth on the All-Time Money List with over $40.1 million, Peters eyes fellow high roller players Stephen Chidwick ($42.7 million), Daniel Negreanu ($46.1 million), Justin Bonomo ($57.19 million), and Bryn Kenney ($57.2 million) ahead of him.
Peters also now joins the elusive club of four-time WSOP bracelet winners that includes Adrian Mateos, Dominik Nitsche, Michael Addamo, Josh Arieh, Ben Yu, Anthony Zinno, John Monnette, Eli Elezra, Michael Gathy, and Joe Cada.
“It’s such a prestigious tournament with so many great players, but definitely getting number four is big,” Peters said on winning his fourth WSOP bracelet surround by his friends on the rail. “There’s not too many people that have four, so it’s kind of nice to be lumped in with that group of players. This is a very, very nice start to the series.”
Peters now leaps to the top of the 2022 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard where the winner will be awarded a 2023 WSOP Main Event seat, a unique WSOP Player of the Year trophy, and a custom banner to be hung at the Horseshoe Las Vegas in 2023.
“I think I’ll play a good amount. I got a lot of points now, so maybe I’ll make a run at Player of the Year,” Peters said about what could be expected of him during the 2022 WSOP. “I’m in the mood to grind so I think I’ll play a good amount.”
David Peters’ WSOP Gold Bracelets
|WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
|WSOP Online 2020 $10,000 Heads-Up
|WSOP Online 2021 $7,777 High Roller
|WSOP $100,000 High Roller Bounty
Peters has been a regular in high roller tournaments throughout the years and finished ninth on the 2021 PokerGO Tour leaderboard with three wins, 11 cashes, and over $4.4 million in earnings. Peters sits in 34th place on the 2022 PokerGO Tour with 677 points and four cashes including this win. Peters is also one of the most feared poker players in the high roller community and is always studying and working to improve.
“I pride myself on continuously getting better, and continuously adapting to whatever new strategies people implement or different dynamics,” Peters said about consistently being at the top of the game. “Picking up good tendencies on players and doing whatever needs to be done to keep competing against the best. I definitely pride myself on that and it feels good to still be doing well after all these years.”
With over $40.1 million in lifetime earnings and four WSOP bracelets in his trophy case, Peters is always striving to get better and improve.
“I don’t like to set specific goals. I just play my game and keep trying to get better,” Peters said about his poker career and what goals he sets. “My main goal is to keep getting better and keep playing at a very high level.”
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