Sunday June 30,2013 : THE ‘END BOSS' TAKES DOWN POKER'S ‘ONE DROP' NIG MONEY EVENT
Anthony "End Boss" Gregg wins his first bracelet and $4.8 million in charity match
After adding a day to the schedule to handle the final action, event 47: $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em charity match has ended in triumph for twenty-six-year old Maryland professional player Anthony "End Boss" Gregg.
Gregg claimed his first WSOP bracelet and the main prize of $4.8 million after surviving an entry field of 165 top professional and amateur players, a star-studded final table and a 19 hand heads up against poker ace Chris Klodnicki.
Four players returned to play down to a champion on Saturday after play was halted late Friday night due to time constraints. When the chips were unbagged the consensus was that Antonio Esfandiari would repeat his 2012 victory, when he won the $1 million buy-in version of the same event to take home a record $18.3 million.
However, nothing can be certain in the game of poker, and as it turned out Esfandiari was the first elimination of the last day, busting out in fourth place for a still-respectable $1,433,438.
The final table of the event looked like this: Anthony Gregg, Chris Klodnicki, investment businessman Bill Perkins, Antonio Esfandiari, Richard Fullerton, Martin Jacobson, Brandon Steven and Nick Schulman.
Bill Perkins followed Esfandiari to the exit in third place for $1,965,163, setting the scene for the heads up between Maryland grinder Anthony Gregg and fellow pro and high stakes mixed game specialist Chris Klodnicki.
It was a relatively short 19-hand affair, with Gregg maintaining his starting chip lead throughout to despatch his opponent without too much difficulty.
Klodnicki's consolation was a runner-up prize of $2,985,495, whilst Gregg's huge win pushed his live tournament career earnings well over $8.5 million.
The Marylander's resume includes a win of $416,127 at the Parx Open Poker Classic WPT Event last August; and a runner-up achievement at the Pokerstars EPT Monte Carlo event in May this year.
The charity benefitting from the One Drop will do handsomely from the event; not counting voluntary contributions from usually generous players, the One Drop Foundation, which helps provide people in impoverished nations with clean water, will get well over half a million dollars from this one event.
Gregg was less fortunate in another World Series of Poker event that he rushed off to play after his big victory. Having entered in the $25,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max event, he busted out without making the money bubble.
Other payments on the final table of event 47 included:
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