Darren Elias Wins Hat-trick of WPT Main Event Titles

Darren Elias has just taken down the 2017 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event to complete a hat-trick of career WPT Main Event titles. He now joins a select group of players who have managed to achieve the incredible feat, a short list which includes such top pros as Anthony Zinno, Chino Rheem, Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen.
In November of 2014, Elias won his first two WPT titles after a remarkable month in which he claimed the $3,500 WPT Borgata Championship for $843,744, followed by the $3,500 WPT St. Maarten for $127,680. The seat of his latest triumph was the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Canada, where he overcame a field of 489 players to complete his brace of victories, as well as a first place prize worth $335,436.
On Day 3, Elias reached the six-handed final table in third chip position, and then proceeded to eliminate Andrew Chen in 4th, followed by Jean-Christophe Ferreira in 3rd to take a slim lead over David Eldridge into the heads-up phase of the competition.
On the first hand of their battle, Elias claimed a key big pot uncontested and two deals later the deciding hand was played with a short-stacked Eldridge moving all-in preflop holding J-6. Elias made the call with 10-9 and after the board fell K-10-5-Q-9, Eldridge was consigned to a second place finish worth $224,613, while Darren Elias claimed his WPT record-tieing victory.
The prolific pro also boosted his live career earnings to $4,474,155, adding to the $3,804,230 he has won online playing under the screen name Darrenelias. In 2014, Ellias won a total of $1,317,085, with his most successful year helped along by his two WPT main event victories that year. He has been posting solid six-figure results ever since, and in 2015 earned $486,083, followed by $789,843 in 2016, and this year has already amassed $342,073 in tournament winnings.
Final Table Results:
1: Darren Elias $449,484
2: David Eldridge $300,982
3: JC Ferreira $193,583
4: Andrew Chen $143,199
5: Manig Loeser $107,399
6: Abdull Hassan $86,184

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