The first tournament on American soil for the World Poker Tour’s Season XI has ended with lots of speculations in terms of lucks and skills. Anthony Gregg was the eventual champion of the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic in Bensalem, PA.
Originally, there were 500 entrants which cut down to the final six by Wednesday. In afternoon, Stephen Reynolds was holding approximately a 400K chip lead over Gregg and just behind Chris Lee, other player Chris Vandeursen, Andre Nyffeler and Larry Sharp were on the bottom of the leaderboard.
When Nyffeler moved all in, Sharp made the call and moved Big Slick against Nyffeler’s pocket tens. Sharp’s flop brought a King in the window; Nyffeler’s two outs failed to come on the turn or river, as a result Andre Nyffeler was eliminated from the tournament in sixth place.
After Nyffeler’s elimination, Lee eliminated Vandeursen in fifth place with his A-K which stayed ahead of Vandeursen’s A-6 suited. Later, Lee joined Reynolds and Gregg who were trying to separate themselves from the field. There remained just four players, Reynolds was leading with more than a million chips over Gregg while Lee was only 500K behind Gregg and Sharp was planning for a double.
Sharp could not get that double, had to leave the field after ten hands following the elimination of Vandeursen. When Reynolds moved a raise and Gregg made a call, Sharp was forced to move all-in from the big blind. Reynolds pushed his all stack to the center and Gregg dropped from the hunt. With his A♦ J♦, Sharp was leading over Reynolds’ K♥ Q♥. Sharp’s flop came down A♥ J♣ 9♣. After flopping two pair – 7♥ and 4♥ on the turn, Reynolds’ flush caused Larry Sharp go out of the tournament in fourth place.
Down to three handed, Lee was on the short stack against Reynolds and Gregg. When, Lee moved his chips in the center against Reynolds, his A-J trumped by Reynolds’ A-Q. Reynolds’ Queen on the flop assured him the hand, and once the turn blanked, Chris Lee faced elimination from the tournament in third place.
Now, there heads up began between Reynolds and Gregg. The hands were going hand in hand and everyone was waiting for the tide to change finally. At the end, the final hand came late in the night. Gregg shuffled into the hand only to force Reynolds push his stack to the center. After pondering for a while, Gregg made the call and tabled his K-9 off suit, just behind Reynolds’ A-4 off suit. The flop changed entire scenario of the game come down K-Q-7 to push Gregg to the lead. When the board paired with another Queen, Reynolds remained looking for one of the three Aces in the deck. Later, when a ten came on the river, Reynolds realized that the tournament was over. Anthony Gregg won the inaugural championship of the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic.
- Anthony Gregg, $416,127
- Stephen Reynolds, $244,877
- Chris Lee, $158,450
- Larry Sharp, $108,034
- Chris Vandeursen, $76,824
- Andre Nyffeler, $61,619