David Peters has close to 7,000 followers on Twitter.
The people who put their head into the mouths of crocodiles.
Seven thousand of them.
And he never tweets.
You’re more likely to see him become a jockey and win the Kentucky Derby than peddle in 280-characters of self-aggrandisement, and that’s a shame because Peters has more to tweet about than most.
He is the Machine Gun Kelly of poker at the moment.
Peters took down the 95-entrant $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Seminole Hard Rock Rock ‘n’ Roll Open. It’s worth mentioning, not merely as a reminder of Peters’ brilliance, but because he won the same event last year taking down 61-entrants to bank the $104,309 first prize.
He was even wearing the same sweatshirt.
The win brings him closer to Alex Foxen in his bid to become the first player to win the Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year twice after securing the honour in 2016.
Here are those GPI POY Rankings:
1. Alex Foxen – 3,836.72
2. David Peters – 3,776.97
3. Justin Bonomo – 3,763.02
4. Stephen Chidwick – 3,691.67
5. Jake Schindler – 3,625.15
Back to Peters’ Floridian success and joining him at the final table was a bunch of players in sterling form.
Guillaume Diaz arrived in fine fettle after finishing 6/196 in the recent $10,300 High Roller at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) for $100,000, and also took down the PokerStars’ European Poker Tour (EPT) National Event in Monte Carlo conquering a 1,501 field to bank the €250,000 first prize.
Joey Weissman also had form finishing tenth in that same $10k at the CPP for $40,000, finishing third in the $10k at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Montreal for $93,820 and acting as the bridesmaid to Ludovic Geilich in the 1,716-entrant Opening Event at the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona earlier in the year.
Jake Schwartz came runner-up to Tony Tran in the recent WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event in Jacksonville for $228,590, and Will Givens finished eighth in the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event, earning $121,112. Givens recovered from his eighth-place finish in this one to take down the 88-entrant $1k Turbo for $28,380.
Impressive feats, until you stack them up against the 2018 exploits of Peters, who has won seven competitions, and $10.6m in live tournament dollars (only Justin Bonomo $25,428,935, Mikita Badziakouski $14,563,871, and Jason Koon $11,590,538 have earned more).
It’s time to buy a new sweatshirt.
Here are the final table results:
Final Table Results
1. David Peters – $143,159
2. Guillaume Diaz – $85,738
3. Alex Haber – $54,150
4. Joey Weissman – $34,972
5. Jake Schwartz – $27,075
6. Stanley Lee – $21,434
7. Jeff Gross – $18,050
8. Will Givens – $15,794