David Peters, a 29-year-old professional poker player from Toledo in Ohio, has secured the Card Player Player of the Year (POY) title for 2016. Throughout 2016, Peters reached 22 final tables, a feat that no poker player has been able to accomplish for the past ten years. He later told Card Player that he had always wanted to grab the POY title.
In 2016, Peters won a total of $7,370,255 playing live poker tournaments and bagged a total of five titles. Through his accomplishments, he proved his consistency and prowess in playing excellent tournament poker irrespective of whether it is a high roller event with a small player field or a No Limit Hold’em tournament with a large player field.
By earning 8,601 POY Points last year, he surpassed players such as Anthony Zinno, winner of the 2015 POY title (6,488 points); Dan Colman, winner of the 2014 POY title (5,498 points); Daniel Negreanu, winner of the 2013 POY title (5,140 points); and Greg Merson, winner of the 2012 POY title (5,100 points).
Peters said that he has been working hard on his game for the last two years. In addition, he did a lot of work away from the poker tables, watching training videos and discussing hands with poker buddies.
His list of achievements begins with the runner up position he achieved in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Philippines, an event with a $200,000 buy in. He then reached three final tables at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas and finished second, winning $622,465 and 500 POY Points in the AU$250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Tournament at the Aussie Millions.
In the spring of 2016, Peters reached two more final tables in high roller events—the $25k buy-in Aria High Roller and the EPT Grand Final at Monte Carlo. In summer, Peters won $393,120 in the $25k buy-in high roller tournament and grabbed his first title of 2016. Two days later, he won the first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet of his career by winning the $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament.
He also enjoyed a deep run into the €2,200 buy-in main event of the Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona, finishing third and adding $122,967 to his pile of winnings. In November and December, he reached eight final tables and won three titles. Peters says that he is very passionate about the game and loves getting better at it, irrespective of how much money he is making.