Card Player POY: David Peters

[RR] “Happy 2017, guys!” Roderick the Rock greeted.

[LL] “More importantly, good riddance to 2016!” Leroy the Lion reflected.

[SS] “It wasn’t all bad,” Stan the Stat suggested, “and I know at least a couple people who didn’t want it to end too soon.

Fedor Holz had a year for the ages. His $16,288,714 in live tournament winnings were the third highest ever.1 In mid-December, Holz led the 2016 Card Player Player of the Year race by 157 points and would have been a worthy champion. But David Peters ended the year on a tear with a third place finish to pass the German and a win at the wire to ice the title.

Peters won less than half as much money (only $7,370,255), but the Player of the Year award isn’t just about the money. The Ohio native reached a record-tying 22 final tables,2 won five events,3 and amassed an impressive 8,601 points; Holz’s 7,058 points would have won the award every other year except 20044. Most of Peters’s points came from High Rollers (eight finishes worth over 100 points), but his third place finish in the EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event and victory in the WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em were his two best results (over 1,000 points each).”

Card Player Player of the Year – 1997 to 2003

Year Winner
1997 Men Nguyen
1998 T.J. Cloutier
1999 Tony Ma
2000 David Pham
2001 Men Nguyen
2002 T.J. Cloutier
2003 Men Nguyen

Card Player Player of the Year – 2004 to Present

Year Winner Points Runner-Up Points Margin
2004 Daniel Negreanu 8,764 David Pham 7,068 19.4%
2005 Men Nguyen 5,204 John Phan 4,428 14.9%
2006 Michael Mizrachi 5,989 Nam Le 5,215 12.9%
2007 David Pham 6,562 J.C. Tran 5,748 12.4%
2008 John Phan 6,704 David Pham 6,022 10.2%
2009 Eric Baldwin 6,994 Cornel Cimpan 5,934 15.2%
2010 Tom Marchese 6,738 Dwyte Pilgrim 5,576 17.2%
2011 Ben Lamb 6,036 Chris Moorman 5,875 2.7%
2012 Greg Merson 5,100 Dan Smith 5,040 1.2%
2013 Daniel Negreanu 5,140 Paul Volpe 4,298 16.4%
2014 Daniel Colman 5,498 Ami Barer 5,042 8.3%
2015 Anthony Zinno 6,632 Joe Kuether 6,070 8.5%
2016 David Peters 8,601 Fedor Holz 7,058 17.9%

Most Player of the Year Points5

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2004 Daniel Negreanu 8,764 4 11 $4,420,221
2 2016 David Peters 8,601 5 22 $7,370,255
3 2004 David Pham 7,068 5 15 $1,533,268
4 2016 Fedor Holz 7,058 6 15 $16,288,714
5 2009 Eric Baldwin 6,994 4 17 $1,494,494
6 2010 Tom Marchese 6,738 2 11 $2,068,658
7 2008 John Phan 6,704 3 8 $2,075,323
8 2015 Anthony Zinno 6,632 5 11 $3,442,769
9 2004 John Juanda 6,596 2 15 $1,204,389
10 2007 David Pham 6,562 4 11 $1,764,143

Most Titles5

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2005 John Hoang 3,267 6 17 $492,817
2008 Men Nguyen 3,662 10 $776,832
2012 Dan Smith 5,040 9 $3,673,806
4 2016 David Peters 8,601 5 22 $7,370,255
2005 Men Nguyen 5,204 17 $1,004,718
2004 David Pham 7,068 15 $1,533,268
2010 Dwyte Pilgrim 5,576 13 $1,074,997
2004 Can Kim Hua 4,495 12 $785,779
2015 Anthony Zinno 6,632 11 $3,442,769
2014 Joseph Mckeehen 3,266 11 $1,223,852
2004 John Phan 3,080 10 $677,045
2009 Jason Mercier 4,130 9 $1,245,876

Most Final Tables5

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2016 David Peters 8,601 5 22 $7,370,255
2004 Gioi Luong 5,006 4 $504,004
3 2004 John Cernuto 3,631 3 19 $460,789
4 2005 John Hoang 3,267 6 17 $492,817
2005 Men Nguyen 5,204 5 $1,004,718
2009 Eric Baldwin 6,994 4 $1,494,494
7 2010 Sorel Mizzi 4,851 4 16 $1,524,371
8 2004 David Pham 7,068 5 15 $1,533,268
2015 Byron Kaverman 5,342 4 $3,008,957
2004 John Juanda 6,596 2 $1,204,389
2005 Max Pescatori 3,381 1 $410,109

Footnotes:

  1. The two biggest years were both fueled by the Big One for One Drop: Daniel Colman’s $22,319,279 in 2014 and Antonio Esfandiari’s $18,992,281 in 2012. Peters is the only player in the top ten who didn’t win the Big One or the WSOP Main Event.
  2. Gioli Luong also reached 22 final tables in 2004.
  3. Three players have won six events: John Hoang in 2005, Men Nguyen in 2008, and Dan Smith in 2012.
  4. Percentagewise, Peters beat runner-up Holz by the largest margin besides Negreanu over David Pham in 2004.
  5. The all-time records for Points, Titles, and Final Tables date back to the rule changes of 2004.

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