Gregg started the final table in second place and stayed in that position for most of the day’s action before grinding out the win in heads-up competition with Stephen Reynolds.
The win broke a live tournament drought for Gregg, who had gone extremely close to winning several big tournaments in the past.
Gregg was the runner-up in the 2009 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, finished third in the European Poker Tour Grand Final 6-Max Turbo High Roller and fourth in the No-Limit Hold’em four handed event in this year’s World Series of Poker.
Gregg was consistent throughout the days play and entered the heads-up battle with 5.32 million in chips compared to Reynolds 9.55 million.
Gregg slowly chipped away at Reynolds advantage but struggled to gain momentum in the back and forth battle, grabbing the chip lead but losing it right back to Reynolds the next hand.
The killer blow came when Gregg’s King-Nine hit on the flop to beat Reynolds Ace-Four.
The American was delighted to finally walk away with a major poker title.
“It feels amazing. I’ve played so many live tournaments and I’ve come close a bunch of times, and just come up short. I’ve always wanted that feeling of actually winning because it just feels so much better than getting second, or any other place. The money’s always nice, but the title is good, too, and just knowing that you beat everyone,” Gregg said in his post-tournament interview.
The winner’s prize of $ 416,127 was not the biggest payday of Gregg’s poker career but with so many close calls it surely means the most.
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