Anthony Gregg, a young US professional poker player, has won the World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) Event #47, the $111,111 No Limit Hold’em One Drop High Roller Tournament. He had to beat an impressive field of 166 in the course of four days to win a stupendous first place prize of $4,830,619 plus a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
Gregg’s latest poker achievements have taken his total live poker winnings over the $8,631,300 mark. Speaking about his latest win, he said: “I started playing in late 2002. Like many poker players, I used to play Magic: The Gathering when I was a kid, and I sort of graduated into poker. I started having a moderate amount of success during my senior year in high school and didn’t have that much desire for college. So I decided to keep playing poker while I figured out what I wanted to do. I knew I’d be able to make good money doing it, but never imagined it would get to the level it did.”
Several wealthy amateurs as well as professional poker players took part in this event, which was held in the Amazon Room of Rio Casino, Las Vegas. Noteworthy poker players who finished in the cash were Steve Gross, who finished 24th and won $173,723; Shaun Deeb, who finished 20th and won $173,723; Mike Sexton, who finished 16th and won $208,968; and Olivier Busquet, who finished 9th and won $384,122.
Anthony Gregg was one of the eight finalists of the event. With a pair of Queens, he knocked off Martin Jacobson in the 6th place and Bill Perkins in the 3rd place before beginning to play the heads-up match against Chris Klodnicki. While Gregg had a chip stack of 31.2 million, Klodnicki had a chip stack of only 18.6 million when the heads-up tournament began. After 19 hands, Klodnicki finished as the runner-up and collected a prize of $2,985,495 while Gregg grabbed the championship title.
A delighted Gregg said that it felt “like a real roller coaster ride,” adding that he had been telling his friends over several months that he was going to win and that it had finally come true.
The players who finished third, fourth, and fifth were Bill Perkins, Antonio Esfandiari, and Richard Fullerton, who won $1,965,163, $1,433,438, and $1,066,491, respectively. The players who finished sixth, seventh, and eighth were Martin Jacobson, Brandon Steven, and Nick Schulman, who won $807,427, $621,180, and $485,029, respectively.