The Borgata Poker Open is a staple of the World Poker Tour (WPT), taking place each year at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This year’s rendition featured 24 primary events, including the $3 million GTD main event that began on September 14th. Five days later, the final table was set, and in the end, it was Darren “darrenelias” Elias who took home the coveted WPT Title along with $843,744 after eliminating Kane Kalas in heads-up.
The 2014 Borgata Poker Open drew a massive field of 1,226, all dishing up the $3,500 buy-in/fee (or winning a seat in the WPT main event via live and online poker satellites). While the field wasn’t even a third as high as last year’s record breaking entries of 3,871, it was more than enough to exceed the guaranteed purse of $3 million, boosting the overall prize pool to $4,045,800.
There were several big names among the field by the time the prize bubble burst. Mukul Pahuja brought his lifetime career live tournament cashes to $2.94 million with a 104th place finish ($6,868). The ‘voice of the WPT’ and brand ambassador of online poker’s 888Poker, Mike Sexton, finished in 85th ($7,378). Live and online poker pro Matt Affleck was out in 71st ($8,438), later followed by 2013 WSOP Champ Ryan Riess in 39th ($13,147). American poker pro Matt Glantz took 30th ($15,109), Las Vegas native Barry Shulman landed in 18th ($20,996), and Canadian poker pro Erik Cajelais finished the main event in 16th ($20,996).
The final table featured six seats, eventually occupied by (in order of starting chip counts), Kane Kalas (14.025mm), Darren Elias (8m), Blake Bohn (7.705mm), Aaron Overton (3.245mm), Jose Serratos (2.05mm) and Ray Qartomy (1.795mm). The low stack, Qartomy was out in 6th ($174,637) when he shoved A-J against the pocket Aces of Kalas. Just minutes later, Kalas looked down at another pair of Aces, easily overpowering the pocket Queens of Bohn, who consequently headed to the rails in 5th ($213,999). Kane continued to dominate the final table with another elimination when his pocket Jacks bested the A-2 of 4th place finisher Aaron Overton ($259,012).
With three players remaining, the Borgata Poker Open Main Event seemed to be a very one-sided foray. Kalas was once more responsible for busting out 3rd place finisher Serratos ($308,067) with yet another pocket pair underneath; this time 7’s. That left Kalas and Elias to battle it out in heads-up, with the table’s dominant factor carrying a 2-to-1 chip lead into the final confrontation. But Darren, a seasoned live and online poker pro, wasn’t about to let such an opportunity slip between his fingers.
Little by little, the 27 year old American-born resident of Canada chipped away at Kalas’ lead. Before long, the tides had turned and Elias held the larger stack. On what would become the final hand of the 2014 WPT main event, a flop of 10-7-4, followed by a K turn, was enough to put both players all in. Kalas tabled A-K, but Elias had the two-pair lead with K-4 underneath. Kane Kalas had a few outs that would save his tournament life, but the rivered 3 wasn’t one of them, sending him to the cashier cage for a very respectable $500,364 in 2nd.
Darren Elias collected the largest prize of $843,744 and the esteemed WPT title for finishing 1st in the Borgata ‘s Main Event. A young but highly successful poker pro, Elias has now amassed more than $2.5 million in live event cashes, along with $3.3 million in online poker tournaments.
|2014 WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event Final Table Results|