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Elias Outlasts Kalas for WPT Borgata Crown, $843k Payday
He's far from a household name in poker. A major tournament title had also eluded him.
But few names in poker command as much respect from his peers as Darren Elias.
He now has that first major title to put beside his name after claiming the WPT Borgata Poker Open tonight in Atlantic City.
Coming in second in chips to the final table Elias outlasted chip leader Kane Kalas heads-up to seal the deal and an $873,744 first-place prize.
Kalas, the son of famed Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, earned a career-best $500,364 for his runner-up finish.
Final Table All Kalas, Elias Show
Coming into the final table with a substantial chip lead the title looked halfway into Kalas' pocket. The first six hands made it feel even closer as Kalas picked up aces twice in a row to knock out Ray Qartomy and Blake Bohm quickly.
With Aaron Overton and Jose Serratos both fairly short-stacked that left Elias and Kalas in control and that's the way it played out.
Kalas knocked both Overton and Serratos out, too, before settling into the heads-up match with Elias but he couldn't put him away.
After a slow, steady chip up Elias finally overtook Kalas and carried through to the victory with a two-pair to top-pair cooler to end things.
Elias made the final table in this event in 2011 only to finish fifth to Bobby Oboodi. This time the title is all his. The official final six and payouts:
- 1. Darren Elias - $843,744
- 2. Kane Kalas - $500,364
- 3. Jose Serratos - $308,067
- 4. Aaron Overton - $259,012
- 5. Blake Bohn - $213,999
- 6. Ray Qartomy - $174,637
For a full recap of all the final-table action, check the WPT Live Updates.