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Poker Hand Matchup: Anthony Gregg vs. Chris Moorman

Outcome

Preflop, with the blinds at 400 and 800 and a 100 ante, Todd Terry raised to 2,000 from late position, Moorman reraised to 4,800 from the button, Gregg reraised to 11,800 from the big blind, Terry folded, Moorman went all-in, and Gregg called.

Analysis

Fresh off the win of his first major at the 2014 WPT LA Poker Classic, Moorman gives us a glimpse into his extremely aggressive preflop play. After trying to pick off a potential steal attempt from Terry with a three-bet, Moorman doubled down undeterred by Gregg’s cold four-bet out of the blinds. Moorman was hoping Gregg was also up to a steal, making a move based on the hostile dynamics between late position openers and the players they try to loot in the blinds. Moorman’s deep stack and the signs of strength from an accomplished opponent might have made the play unnecessarily risky, but these types of preflop antics are part and parcel of Moorman’s success both live and online. Gregg had Moorman in a bad spot, but a lucky flop gave Moorman the open-ended straight draw and Gregg a sweat. Gregg faded the draw, and his new found chips helped carry him to the final table where he finished in 7th for $ 189,244.

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Antony Gregg Wins First Bracelet In $111,111 One Drop High Roller

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Anthony Gregg Wins $4.8 Million In World Series Of Poker High Roller, Runs Over To Chip Stack Being Blinded Away In Another Event

He started out at a young age playing cards competitively with Magic: The Gathering, and about a decade later used another form of card playing to capture $ 4.8 million and catapult himself into the spotlight of the gaming-for-real-money world.

Poker pro Anthony Gregg won the $ 111,111 buy-in “High Roller” event Saturday at the World Series of Poker, beating out an elite final table. It was his first career bracelet.

The Maryland native outlasted defending champ Antonio Esfandiari (fourth), veteran gambler Nick Shulman (eighth) and, at the end, nosebleed mixed-game pro Chris Klodnicki (second). The final table moved briskly, lasting just 80 hands. Many pots seemed excruciatingly standard.

Gregg’s massive score comes just one year after he staked Greg Merson for the $ 10,000 six-max and the main event, both of which the latter won. Gregg has netted untold millions from the World Series of the past couple of summers, and might be that span’s biggest winner.

Gregg’s performance was a also good example of how winning money in poker, no matter how much it is, is never quite good enough. Poker pros are motivated, in some sense, by a desire to win, in theory, every single dollar and every single chip that exists within the poker economy.

Despite playing for $ 4.8 million, he was essentially multi-tabling, live, at the Rio. The Maryland native also had a stack in the $ 25,000 six-max no-limit hold’em, but he had to just let it blind away while he competed for the “One Drop” title on Friday and Saturday.

When asked if he was trying to win all the money in the Rio, Gregg laughed and said: “I just like playing poker. There is only one $ 25,000 six-max this year, and had I busted the ‘One Drop’ five minutes after registration ended in the $ 25,000 I would have been really bummed.”

After winner photos and interviews were concluded, a disoriented Gregg started jogging, then sprinting, to try and find his $ 25,000 table. He was halfway down the hall in the Rio before realizing he was headed in the wrong direction. He stopped and backtracked, mistakenly going into the “Ladies Event” tournament area, before finally being given some concrete instructions on where the tournament he was entered in was playing.

When he finally got to his table, Gregg received some hugs and congratulations from his peers, but also a question on why he was playing another tournament right away, to which Gregg replied with a smirk on his face, “Gotta grind; gotta earn.” Despite the rush, Gregg ended up busting about an hour later, well before the event reached the money.

The day was also bizarre for Gregg since he and Klodnicki have basically the same group of poker friends and actually lived together in the same house last summer during the WSOP. So there wasn’t a whole lot of cheering for either player during their heads-up match.

“It was like whatever,” Gregg said of how their friends viewed the battle. It lasted just 19 hands, before Gregg’s 9Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit held against Klodnicki’s 7Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit. All the money went in on a 9-4-3 flop.

Despite the “One Drop” feeling, in many ways, like just another tournament on Gregg’s schedule, it marked an accomplishment that is kind of surreal for him.

“I started playing in late 2002,” he once said. “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.”

Here are the final results:

1. Anthony Gregg — $ 4,830,619
2. Chris Klodnicki — $ 2,985,495
3. Bill Perkins — $ 1,965,163
4. Antonio Esfandiari — $ 1,433,438
5. Richard Fullerton — $ 1,066,491
6. Martin Jacobson — $ 807,427
7. Brandon Steven — $ 621,180
8. Nick Schulman — $ 485,029

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Anthony Gregg: Many Tournament Players Stay Staked ‘Longer Than They Should’

A first-place finish in the August’ World Poker Tour Parx main event was not a fluke for Anthony Gregg. He has four deep runs in 2012, with at least $ 100,000 in earnings for each event.

Currently sixth in the Player of the Year race, the Maryland native has more than $ 1,004,155 in POY winnings this year. With career tournament earnings north of $ 3.5 million, Gregg is definitely not the opponent you want to see at your poker table.

His early profitability in cash games transformed into tournament success, and his 2012 results are especially indicative of his consistency since then.

This week, Gregg talked with Card Player about his enchanted card-playing beginnings, his $ 1.7 million payday, and why he would much rather play poker without any financial help.

Logan Hronis: Talk a little about your poker beginnings: How you got started, when you decided you were going to play for a living, etc.

Anthony Gregg: 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.

LH: It seems that more than a few poker players found their start in Magic. Can you identify any similarities in strategy between the two games, and how they may apply?

AG: There are definitely a lot of similarities. People with a background in Magic have so much experience thinking in a way that translates well to poker. It’s hard for me to put it into words, but it has to do with Magic just kind of instilling in you that need to be thinking about all of the decisions you’re making, in a very logic-based way. Meanwhile, you’re weighing a variety of different factors, and you have to be able to do so quickly.

There’s so much more to think about than ‘how good is my hand.’ The more information you’re taking into consideration, the more likely you’ll be able to make the best decision.

LH: You had your most successful event in 2009, scoring for $ 1.7 million in the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure main event. What did it mean for your career and for your life?

AG: It was pretty unbelievable for me. I was just a hard-working cash game player before PCA that year. I bought into the tournament with PokerStars FPPs that I acquired from grinding so much cash. The score made me a lot more relaxed financially. I helped out my parents and bought a new car, but other than that, not much changed. It did motivate me to play more live tournaments because I got that adrenaline rush from going deep in one.

LH: With four impressive cashes over $ 100,000, including a first-place finish at the WPT Parx Open Poker Classic, your live tournament game in 2012 has been a successful one. Are these cashes enough to steer you away from playing online as much in the future?

AG: Hmm, I wouldn’t say that they’re going to steer me away from online. My motivation to grind tournaments online has dropped a bit since I won Parx, but I’m sure it will return. I don’t get to play online too often anymore — pretty much only for SCOOP and WCOOP — so in the future I’ll probably just try to stick to fewer tables when online. It’s easier for me to focus.

LH: Have investors played a role in your career? Do you think it is a good idea for the average player to be staked in tournaments, or to be in business for himself?

AG: I started off playing primarily cash, so I was never really in need of investors for tournaments. Cash is a stabler way to build a bankroll. Back in the day, I’d grind cash nonstop, and occasionally play a big live event to reward myself for all my hard work. I didn’t realize this at the time, but this is for sure the best way to go about things. Way too many tournament players continue to be staked for a lot longer than they should. If I were in their shoes, I’d much rather go out on my own as soon as possible — even if that meant dropping down in [limits]. Travel and living expenses are too significant to be giving away half your winnings.

[Note: Gregg staked current WSOP finalist Greg Merson during the summer]

LH: What is your favorite venue to play live tournaments? Why?

AG: My favorite venue would definitely have to be PCA. I think the setting keeps me in a much more positive mindset, which helps me play my ‘A’ game more often — as opposed to playing in a cramped and smokey casino, with slot machines and stuff everywhere.

LH: Given the recent propositions, if the legality and availability of online poker present themselves soon, do you see yourself playing more or less than you did before?

AG: It’s hard to say. I go through phases where sometimes I want to play all day, everyday. Other times I’ll go weeks without having the desire to. I’m starting to learn that I need to trust my instinct when it comes to this, because when I’m in the mood to play, I definitely play a lot better a much higher percentage of the time than when I don’t feel like it, but force myself to.

LH: If you decided to quit playing poker tomorrow, what would you choose to do for a living?

AG: (Laughs) This is a tough question, I’ve never really thought about it. I guess I’d probably just end up going to school to try to figure something out. I could see myself getting really into nutrition and fitness, so maybe take that route.

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Anthony Gregg Wins World Poker Tour Parx Open Poker Classic

Anthony GreggAnthony Gregg has won the inaugural WPT Parx Open Poker Classic main event. The young pro, known as “wwwBTHEREcom” online, captured $ 416,127 and 1,260 POY points for topping the 500 player field at the first ever WPT main event held in Pennsylvania, held at Parx Casino in Bensalem, just outside of Philadelphia.

This was Gregg’s first live tournament title, and it increased his total lifetime tournament earnings to more than $ 3.5 million.

Gregg had some star power in his rooting section, with the most decorated Olympic champion ever, Michael Phelps, sweating his fellow Maryland native as the final table played out. Once Gregg had secured the title, Phelps tweeted:

After four days of play in the $ 3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em championship event, Gregg had entered the final table second in chips behind Stephen “sizzlinbetta” Reynolds. With the elimination of Chris “genius28” Lee on the 129th hand, these two chipleaders to start the day found themselves heads-up for the title with Reynolds holding a roughly 2-to-1 chip lead.

Although he was the shorter stack, Gregg was far from short with 66 big blinds to start heads-up play. Because both players were so deep, play lasted for 108 more hands before a winner was determined. Gregg slowly chipped away at the lead, before finding the key double-up with 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit against Reynolds ADiamond Suit5Diamond Suit to pull roughly even.

Stephen ReynoldsFrom there Gregg won a number of sizable pots to take the lead, finishing things off when he called a 14 big-blind shove from Reynolds with KHeart Suit9Diamond Suit. Reynolds was ahead with the ADiamond Suit4Heart Suit, but the board ran out KSpade SuitQHeart Suit7Spade SuitQDiamond Suit10Heart Suit to send the pot and the title to Gregg.

This was Gregg’s fourth final table of the year, and as a result of his consistent success he has moved into fifth place in the Card Player Player of the Year race with 2,984 points and $ 1,004,155 in year-to-date earnings. Gregg’s other major scores this year include a sixth-place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, a third-place finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final High Roller, and a fourth-place finish in the inaugural World Series of Poker four-max no-limit hold’em event.

Here is a look at the payouts and Player of the Year points awarded at this final table:

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