Tony Gregg wins first major tourney at WPT Parx

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Aug 16, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

It’s been a long road for poker pro Tony Gregg, and while he has the respect and admiration of his peers in the poker community, and even some very famous people like Michael Phelps who sent Gregg a congratulatory Tweet, he has been shutout when it comes to winning a major poker tournament; although he has definitely had his share of close calls.

Gregg finally put a 1st place on his resume with his victory at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic on Wednesday night, besting Stephen Reynolds in heads-up play to hoist the WPT Trophy and pocket the over $417k that was set aside for the winner. Gregg’s lifetime tournament winnings are now in excess of $2.8 million.

Gregg’s first brush with poker stardom came in 2009 when he finished in 2nd place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and winning $1.7 million in the process. Since then Gregg has continued to rack-up big scores, but the elusive win was always just out of reach. In addition to his 2nd place finish in the 2009 PCA, Gregg has also finished 6th in the PCA Main Event in 2012, and nearly captured a WSOP bracelet this year when he finished 4th in the $2,500 buy-in 4-Max NLHE event.

* 1st place: Anthony Gregg – $416,127

* 2nd place: Stephen Reynolds – $244,877

* 3rd place: Chris Lee Lee – $158,450

* 4th place: Larry Sharp – $108,034

* 5th place: Chris Vandeursen – $76,824

* 6th place: Andre Nyffeler – $61,619

The $3,500 buy-in Main Event saw 500 registrations (the WPT Parx used two starting days and allowed for reentries on Day 1b) and was the largest poker tournament in the short history of Pennsylvania poker. Among the players that travelled to Bensalem, Pennsylvania were, Amanda Musumeci, Marvin Rettenmaier, Shaun Deeb, Xuan Liu, David “ODB” Baker, Tony Dunst, Jason Koon, Will Failla, Nick Binger, Faraz Jaka, Dan Kelly, Victor Ramdin, Dwyte Pilgrim, Cherish Andrews, Allen Kessler, Matt Glantz, Jason Somerville, Kathy Liebert, Joseph Cheong, Dan O’Brien, and Dan Shak.

The WPT will now be heading to the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles for one of the original stops on the WPT, the Legends of Poker. The tournament will kick-off on August 24 with the final table set for August 29, and will feature a $3,500 buy-in and is expected to be one of the largest fields of Season XI.

After the stop at the Bike, the WPT will head back across the Atlantic for a stop in Paris, at the Aviation Club. The Grand Prix de Paris will run from September 10-15, and will feature a €7,500 buy-in.


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