Anthony Gregg Wins World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic
Young Pro Captures $416,127 For First Major Title
Anthony Gregg has won the inaugural WPT Parx Open Poker Classic main event. The young pro, known as “wwwBTHEREcom” online, captured $416,127 and 1,260 POY points for topping the 500 player field at the first ever WPT main event held in Pennsylvania, held at Parx Casino in Bensalem, just outside of Philadelphia.
This was Gregg’s first live tournament title, and it increased his total lifetime tournament earnings to more than $3.5 million.
Gregg had some star power in his rooting section, with the most decorated Olympic champion ever, Michael Phelps, sweating his fellow Maryland native as the final table played out. Once Gregg had secured the title, Phelps tweeted:
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 16, 2012
After four days of play in the $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em championship event, Gregg had entered the final table second in chips behind Stephen “sizzlinbetta” Reynolds. With the elimination of Chris “genius28” Lee on the 129th hand, these two chipleaders to start the day found themselves heads-up for the title with Reynolds holding a roughly 2-to-1 chip lead.
Although he was the shorter stack, Gregg was far from short with 66 big blinds to start heads-up play. Because both players were so deep, play lasted for 108 more hands before a winner was determined. Gregg slowly chipped away at the lead, before finding the key double-up with 99 against Reynolds A5 to pull roughly even.
From there Gregg won a number of sizable pots to take the lead, finishing things off when he called a 14 big-blind shove from Reynolds with K9. Reynolds was ahead with the A4, but the board ran out KQ7Q10 to send the pot and the title to Gregg.
This was Gregg’s fourth final table of the year, and as a result of his consistent success he has moved into fifth place in the Card Player Player of the Year race with 2,984 points and $1,004,155 in year-to-date earnings. Gregg’s other major scores this year include a sixth-place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, a third-place finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final High Roller, and a fourth-place finish in the inaugural World Series of Poker four-max no-limit hold’em event.
Here is a look at the payouts and Player of the Year points awarded at this final table:
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