On Saturday, June 29, Caesars Entertainment added four new winners to its Millionaire Maker portfolio, awarding $11 million at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker $111,111 One Drop High Roller event (Pictured: Anthony Gregg reels in a hefty $4.8 million).
From a field of 166 top pros, businessmen, poker enthusiasts, and philanthropists, the four players who returned for the fourth and final day of play were all familiar faces to poker fans.
Leading the pack was Anthony Gregg, reeling in a hefty $4.8 million; Chris Klodnicki came in second with $2.9 million; Bill Perkins brought home $1.9 million and Antonio Esfandiari $1.4 million.
Gregg, the 26-year-old from Columbia, Md. trumped one of the toughest fields of the year to win the One Drop High Roller event, his first bracelet, and a massive payday of $4,830,619. He plowed through the final four players in the span of just 90-minutes en route to the marquee victory. He defeated fellow East Coast poker pro Chris Klodnicki heads-up for the bracelet shortly before 2:30 p.m. PST.
Perhaps the most familiar face of all was that of Antonio Esfandiari, who was looking for a back-to-back One Drop bracelet victory after winning a record $18 million in last year’s Big One for One Drop Event. As Esfandiari joked on Twitter the night before, he was hoping to make it “one more time,” but he exited on just the fifth hand of the day when Klodnicki spiked a dramatic ace on the river to best Esfandiari’s pocket pair and send him to the rail in fourth place.
It took just four more hands to see another reversal of fortune at the final table, as Gregg doubled through the start of day chip leader Bill Perkins, leaving Perkins short on chips. The lone amateur in the line-up got it all-in just four hands later, with Gregg besting Perkins to eliminate him in third place. The venture capitalist and film investor collected $1,965,163 for his efforts.
That left the two young East Coast poker pros heads-up for the bracelet and the $4.8 million payday. It is a career-high payday for both players. The top five finishers in this event also join Benny Chen on the list of players with seven-figure WSOP paydays this year.
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