Jeffrey Gross, a 50-year-old poker player residing in New Jersey, won an entry to the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Open (BPO) through a PartyPoker satellite. He had bought into the satellite for just $100 and won an entry worth $3,500 to the live poker tournament.

Although Gross doesn’t spend all his time playing poker, he cannot be called a casual player as he occupies a place in ThePokerDB’s list of top 60 New Jersey Online Players of the Year. In addition, he is one of the top 40 players in the ThePokerDB’s NJ high-stakes poker players’ list. He said that he had taken part in many other satellites on PartyPoker.

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Gross said: “I’m a semi-pro player that plays 98% tournaments. I’ve played a lot of live satellites to get into events and I’ve entered into a few main events as well.” Although he said that he wants to keep his moniker private, he agreed that someone can find it out if they badly wanted to.

Since he was an active poker player before Black Friday, Gross is excited that online poker has returned to the country. Stating that he has been playing poker ever since online poker rooms went live in New Jersey, he said that he has already played over 220 online poker tournaments this year and only around 22 live poker tournaments.

However, he hadn’t planned to compete for the Player of the Year title. He said: “If it happens that would be cool. I’m not sure what the prize is, but it would be cool to be called Player of the Year, right?”

Revealing his opinions about online poker in New Jersey, he said that the state’s online poker satellites are run very well, adding that online poker sites licensed in New Jersey appear more reliable to him. He said that it is possible to trust them more as one doesn’t have to worry about getting their funds frozen because the state is watching over them.

Gross is a very good live tournament player too. He has earned around $75,000 playing live poker tournaments and has also won cash in one of the earlier BPO tournaments. His biggest live poker cash prize was $25,000, which he won in 2013 in a preliminary event of the Prax Big Stax Series. Early this week, Gross won a cash prize in one of the events of the PartyPoker Garden State Super Series.

TightPoker Staff

TightPoker Staff