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New Yorker Gregory Nerenberg Wins Back-To-Back Parx Big Stax Titles


The passage of the online gambling bill in Pennsylvania was the biggest PA casino news last week, but not the only!

Great Neck, New York’s Gregory Nerenberg became a back-to-back Big Stax champion at Parx Casino in Bensalem last week. Nerenberg took down the Parx Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event for $61,395 Wednesday.

Nerenberg also won the Parx Big Stax XXII 500 Main Event for $94,467 back in August of this year.

The Parx Big Stax XXIII 500 Main Event drew an October Big Stax record 1,070 entries, creating a $508,250 total prize pool. The previous record was set last October when the Parx Big Stax 500 Main Event drew 940 entries.

Before August of this year, Nerenberg had never won more than $4,766 in a poker tournament. He collected that finishing third in the $310 Parx Casino Big Stax XVI Six Max Deepstack Turbo in May 2016. Now, he has won back-to-back Big Stax titles and almost $156,000 over the past three months.

His latest win came courtesy of a three-way chop. A deal was struck that saw Pal Zagreda take second place and $61,394 while Alex Moreira earned $61,393 and third.

A second back-to-back Parx Big Stax champ

Nerenberg was actually the second player to go back-to-back at Parx this year.

In August, Philadelphia, PA’s Joe Palma won the Big Stax XXII 300 following a four-way chop that saw him walk away with the the title, trophy and $120,000. Palma had previously won the Big Stax XXI 300 in May for $60,675. Palma and Nerenberg are the only two players in history to win back-to-back titles in Parx’ Big Stax series.

Parx is 15 miles outside Philadelphia. The casino has hosted the Big Stax poker tournament series since February 2013. Big Stax runs five times annually and has grown into the largest tournament poker series in the state. Parx also operates the largest poker room in Pennsylvania, featuring up to 80 tables.

Parx Big Stax XXIII continues

The Parx Big Stax XXIII festival kicked off earlier this month with Brooklyn, New York’s Daniel Ciancio winning the Big Stax XXIII 300 for $75,948. The event drew 1,866 entries creating a $531,810 total prize pool.

North Brunswick’s Stephen Meares then won the Big Stax XXIII $430 Double Black Chip Bounty before 15 players earned $3,000 in the Big Stax XXIII $340 Survivor.

The Parx Big Stax XXIII festival continues this week culminating with the Big Stax XXIII 1100 Main Event running Friday Oct. 27 through Monday Oct. 30. The Big Stax XXIII 1100 Main Event has two starting flights running Friday and Saturday.

There is is also 6-Max Deep Stack Turbo event still to come, alongside additional Survivor and Bounty events.

Parx Big Stax XIV will likely run sometime in February 2018. In the past, the February Big Stax series has featured a $1,600 World Poker Tour Deepstacks Main Event.

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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.