Gregg Snags First Major Live Title at WPT Parx Open

Tony Gregg
WPT Parx Open Champ Tony Gregg.

It took 228 hands and over eight hours, but Anthony Gregg has earned his first major live poker title at the World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic.

The long-time pro with over $2.3 million in live earnings and several near misses in big events coming in to the final table, finally has a major live title and took a $416,127 first-place prize to go along with it.

Gregg had to outlast a tough final six that included high-stakes pro Chris "Genus28" Lee and eventual runner-up Stephen "sizzlinbetta" Reynolds to further cement his burgeoning rep as a top caliber pro.

A past winner of the Sunday Million under the alias wwwBTHEREcom, Gregg now joins the elite WPT Champions Club and earned a seat into next year's WPT Championship with the win.

Reynolds, Lee Make Valiant Runs

Chris Lee
Chris "Genius28" Lee.

Chip leader for most of the final table, Stephen "sizzlinbetta" Reynolds looked to have the inside track on the title as he entered heads-up play with Gregg with a roughly 2-1 chip advantage.

After letting Gregg close the gap early on Reynolds stretched that lead out to 12 million to 3 million in chips before a key double-up got Gregg back in the game.

in hand #202, Gregg limped for 150,000 and Reynolds shoved over the top but Gregg insta-called holding 9 9.

Reynolds's A 5 couldn't catch up and Gregg was back up to 6 million in chips.

From there, Gregg slowly overtook Reynolds and pulled away for the title.

Reynolds earned $244,877 for his runner-up finish.

Lee, who started the day third in chips and held his own with Reynolds and Gregg over the first 100 hands, eventually fell back to finish third for $158,450.

Online grinder Larry "BBOY3310" Sharp moved his way up from being the short stack to finish in fourth and earn $108,034.

The full results and payouts for the final six:

  • 1st: Anthony Gregg - $416,127
  • 2nd: Stephen Reynolds - $244,877
  • 3rd: Chris Lee Lee - $158,450
  • 4th: Larry Sharp - $108,034
  • 5th: Chris Vandeursen - $76,824
  • 6th: Andre Nyffeler - $61,619

For a complete recap of all the action, check the WPT Live Updates.

Next stop on the World Poker Tour is at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles from August 24-29 for the Legends of Poker event.

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