David Peters is one of the leading figures in the poker world and is active in the live world to this day

David Peters


  • Name: David Peters
  • Date of birth: April 16, 1987
  • Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio
  • Education:  Bowling Green State University
  • Nickname: dpeters17
  • Total winnings: $44,179,110
  • Best run: $2,699,752
  • All Time Money List: 10

David Peters is a professional poker player. His disciplined playing style earned him the nickname Silent Assassin. The American star won four bracelets at the World Series of Poker and 70 ITM at the WSOP; he also made the WPT bubble.

Personal life

David Peters was born on April 16, 1987 in Toledo, USA. Little is known about this part of the player’s life, since he does not like to talk about his childhood and youth. “The Silent Assassin” began to take an interest in poker at the age of 16, when Chris Moneymaker showed great results in the WSOP Main Event.


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In 2005, he officially registered with the online poker room PokerStars. David created an account under the pseudonym dpeters17. At the time, David had no money, so the only way to play poker was through freerolls.

By this time, the champion was on a winning streak: he won $600 playing in freeroll tournaments. He then moved on to Sit&Go tournaments and became a regular at several tables.

Offline poker

Peters played actively online for two years and saved money for offline tournaments. He made his debut at the Ongame Internet Poker Classic in Barcelona, where David qualified for the ITM and took home $55,000.

Three weeks later, Peters traveled to the Bahamas to compete in the PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em Championship. There he also took part in the ITM tournament and won $20,000.

That same year, David finished 12th at the Monte Carlo EPT. As a result, his bankroll increased by more than €65,000. Then the poker player managed to make it to the bubble at the WSOP. He achieved a number of successes and was included in the prize pools of various tournaments four times.

In 2008, he competed in the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event. There, Peters celebrated his victory and won about $130,000. Just a year later, David won even more prizes offline. “The Silent Assassin” also won the no-limit hold’em tournament for more than $105,000. As a result, his winnings in offline tournaments reached a seven-figure amount.

Professional game

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In 2009, David Peters was already considered one of the best professionals performing in various tournament broadcasts. Despite earning a million dollars in poker, he never made a final table in the WSOP or WPT. That all changed a year later when David took part in the World Series of Poker again. There he made the final table and even took second place in the no-limit hold’em tournament.

In the same series of tournaments, the poker pro made it into the Main Event prize pool and won nearly $40,000 in prize money. Three months later, Peters took part in the WSOP Europe in London. He made the final table again, but as a Main Event player. The main event netted David around £100,000 in prize money.

His luck ran out at the 2011 WPT. He reached the final of the Main Event but did not win. Despite this, his prize fund was $170,000. The following year, Peters’ participation was unsuccessful. He continued to lose and barely broke the bubble.

Biggest winnings

In 2016, Peters made his debut in the newly formed Triton Series. He went to the Philippines to take part in the most expensive tournament in poker. In heads-up play, Peters lost to renowned player Fedor Holz. Finishing in second place earned David $2,700,000 in prize money.

Six months into his 10-year career, Peters’ dream came true – he won a World Championship of Poker bracelet. He won it in one of the cheapest tournaments – with a buy-in of only $1,500. There were very few professionals in the tournament, and David finished second at the final table.

Five months after the end of the WSOP, Peters had a chance to become the champion of the European Poker Tour. The series took place in the Czech Republic. He made the final table but finished the tournament in third place. Based on the results of his participation in the tournament, the poker player took second place after Holtz in the Global Poker Index Player of the Year ranking.

Year Tournament Prize
2016 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em $412,557
2020 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship $360,480
2021 $7,777 No Limit Hold’em Lucky 7s High Roller $283,940
2022 $100,000 High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em $1,166,810
World Series of Poker bracelets

Interesting Facts

  • He abandoned his studies for a poker career.
  • As of the end of 2022, the player has made it through the bubble stage in 70 WSOP tournaments.
  • Topped the World Poker Ranking.

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