Tony Gregg Takes Down WPT Parx EventFriday, August 17th, 2012 by Ryan
Tony Gregg may not be the most well-known professional poker player in the game today, but he’s definitely one of the most respected player in the game these days by his peers. He’s had a tough road to where he’s at today, but probably the biggest thing to ever happen to any poker player is to win a major, and this is exactly what Gregg did this week at the World Poker Tour Parx event. To explain exactly how well known Gregg is, he actually received a tweet of congratulations from Michael Phelps. To this point in his career, Gregg had never won a major title, until this week, but he’s come close quite a few times for sure.
The World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic was a tight one throughout, but when it came down to the heads up match between Gregg and Stephen Reynolds, Gregg made sure that this one didn’t slip away. Not only did he take home the World Poker Tour trophy, but he also won a nice first place pay day that was worth more than $417k. In total, this makes his total career earnings on the live tournament circuit more than $2.8 million. As previously mentioned, his close finishes have unfortunately been the story until this point in time, but you have to feel happy for a guy who has been in this much effort and time and finally has that major win under his belt.
His first big time score in which he came up just short of taking down a title was at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) back in 2009, when he took home second place and won $1.7 million in the event. Obviously this is still a nice pay day for anyone out there, but he did still finish second, so we’ll consider it a “close call”. After that he brought in some additional big scores including a 6th place finish at the PCA Main Event this year, and he also almost won a gold bracelet this year in the 4-Max No Limit Hold’em event that featured a $2,500 buy-in. In that event he finished in fourth place, but fell just short of getting the gold.
To round out the final table it was Stephen Reynolds getting second and taking home $244k, Chris Lee Lee taking home third place and $158k, Larry Sharp in 4th with $108k, Chris Vandeursen in 5th with $76k, and Andre Nyffeler going home in 6th place but taking home $61k. The event featured a $3,500 buy-in, and there were 500 players register for the event. This was actually the biggest tournament in the history of poker in Pennsylvania. Just to name a few of the well-known players that were in it, we saw Marvin Rettenmaier, Shaun Deeb, David “ODB” Baker, Xuan Liu, Tony Dunst, Will Failla, Jason Koon, Faraz Jaka, Dan Kelly, Victor Ramdin, Matt Glantz, Jason Somerville, Kathy Liebert, Joseph Cheong, Dan Shak, and many others.