PokerStars Championship Macau: Peters looks to right yesterday's rare wrong with High Roller cash
There are many things to admire about David Peters. He has one of the most impressive poker résumés going, chock full of big EPT scores, huge cashes at the Aria, Asia Championship of Poker, and Super High Roller Bowl, and even a WSOP bracelet in a large field event.
He's also considered to have an amazing table presence. His posture never changes; his face gives off little to read. The other day his play confused his opponents so much that one of them had to admit "I never know what you have!"
He also might be the only poker player to ever appear on ESPN's SportsCenter (don't fact check me on that).
Today in Macau, he's also showing his ability to bounce back. Peters so rarely makes mistakes that it must be a relatively new feeling for him, but yesterday in the PokerStars Championship Main Event a big error cost him his tournament.
Main Event demise
The American came into the Day 4 third in chips with more than 70 big blinds and an amazing chance to secure another big Main Event payday. But 20 minutes into play, this happened.
Zinan Xu opened to 27,000 at the 6K/12K level and Peters flat called on the button. Dong Guo called out of the big blind too and the three saw a J♥5♥4♦ flop, which checked to Peters. He made it 52,000, only for Guo to check-raise to 108,000. Xu folded, but Peters called.
The turn was the J♣, pairing the board, on which Guo continued for 135,000. Peters called once again before the 3♥ river, which completed any heart flush draws. Guo went deep into the tank for around three minutes before finally betting 155,000, and then it was Peters' turn to tank. A minute or two later, Peters shoved over the top for 605,000 and Guo snap-called.
Peters turned over the A♣3♣ rather sheepishly, for a gutshot draw which paired up on fifth street. He then turned it into a bluff, but it was never going to work as Guo had a full house with his 5♠5♦.
'Twas a very short day for Peters in that event, but of course his poker playing wasn't done. After winning HK$101K (roughly $13K) he then hopped straight into the HK$100K High Roller, in which he still remains right now.
High Roller redemption
They're just six away from the money as I type, and Peters sits with a stack of 260,000 going in to the 2.5K/5K level. Average is 264,000.
He's got a tough table, with Team Pro Felipe Ramos, Sergey Lebedev, Michael Adammo and former chip leader Raghav Bansal sat around him. He just took down a nice pot against Xiaoyang Luo though.
Sergey Lebedev opened to 9,000 from the cutoff and Peters flatted the button. Luo then three-bet squeezed to 41,000 out of the small blind and only Peters called to see a K♦A♠9♦ flop. Both checked.
The turn was the 3♠ and both checked it again, resulting in the 4♦ river. When Luo checked this time, Peters announced "sixty eight thousand" and slid out the chips. Luo folded.
It might be presumptuous of us to assume Peters is a lock to cash in this event, but even if he doesn't we can guarantee you'll see him deep in another big event shortly afterwards.
33 remain right now. 27 get paid.
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Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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