Darren Elias tied a record and became the fifth player with three World Poker Tour titles after he won WPT Fallsview Poker Classic CA$5,000 Main Event on Friday for $335,436, topping a field of 489 runners.
Elias joined Chino Rheem, Anthony Zinno, Carlos Mortensen and Gus Hansen in the exclusive club. His other titles both came in 2014, when he won WPT Borgata Championship for $843,744 and WPT St. Maarten for $127,680.
Official Final Table Results
The single reentry event paid out 64 places. Luc Greenwood, Ben Wilinofsky, Curt Kohlberg, Blake Bohn, Aaron Massey, DJ Mackinnon and Connor Drinan were some of the players busting out in the money on the way to the final day of the event.
Once there, Elias started in the middle of the pack of 22 players but managed to navigate to the unofficial final table after he won a key flip for about a third of his stack, according to the live updates. He then picked up aces against Chrishan Sivasundaram, who had tens and didn’t improve.
That double with 10 left gave Elias a solid stack around 50 big blinds, but it was David Eldridge dominating much of the proceedings up to the official final table. He was fortunate enough to win with kings against the aces of two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell and scored a few eliminations, including taking the remainder of Bicknell’s chips to bust her in seventh. When the official final table started, Eldridge had about 5.2 million, while nearest competitor Andrew Chen had 2.8 million at 40,000/80,000/10,000.
Elias was a favorite to bust in sixth after he jammed nines for about 20 big blinds over Chen’s open just 10 hands into the final table and the Canadian called with queens. A nine-high flop saved Elias and enabled him to get rolling as he and Eldridge put distance between themselves and their remaining opponents.