The first European season for WPTDeepStacks, poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, wrapped up with the conclusion of the WPTDeepStacks Berlin Main Event. The tour traveled to six countries and held eight stops, and through it all Tobias Peters shined to become the WPTDeepStacks European Player of the Year.
Peters earned a winner’s prize that includes €15,000 in buy-ins to WPT Main Tour events and a €5,000 WPTDeepStacks Europe sponsorship package.
Peters kicked off the season by finishing fourth in the WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam €1,500 Main Event in May 2017, earning €19,710. He then finished second in the WPTDeepStacks Valkenburg €1,100 Main Event in October for a score of €39,895. The following month, in November, Peters took 33rd in the WPTDeepStacks Brussels €1,200 Main Event for €2,705. To close out the year, Peters reached another WPTDeepStacks final table when he placed fifth in the €1,200 Main Event in Deauville worth €22,366.
It was that last result in the PMU.fr WPTDeepStacks Deauville Main Event that saw Peters overtake Omar Lakhdari in the race, and it was a lead Peters wouldn’t give up for the remainder of the season.
“It seems like such a long time ago,” Peters told WPT.com about his first result of the season in Amsterdam. “Even though it was the first of the season, to me it was just like any other tournament. I made a really good run. I started the final table as the chip leader, so I was a little disappointed that I only finished fourth. It was still a really good result.”
Lakhdari proved a tough competitor all season long, finishing runner-up twice in WPTDeepStacks events on European soil. Lakhdari first finished second in the PMU.fr WPTDeepStacks Cannes €1,200 Main Event for €43,720, and then he took second in the WPTDeepStacks Vilamoura €1,100 Main Event for €30,500.
“I know how difficult it was for me to make top seven, and Omar had to do the same,” Peters said of Lakhdari. “I knew Berlin was going to be bigger and therefore much harder. Omar is a really friendly player. He has his own playing style; everything he does is really quick. Sometimes it looks really weird, but it works for him and making two second places is a really big accomplishment so congratulations to him for that.”
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