American pro Darren Elias acquired his third WPT trophy last night – and a C$449,484 first prize – after taking down the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Canada. Elias beat a record-breaking 489 entry field, generating a $2,229,954 prize pool shared by 63 players.
Elias is now heading to California to compete in the $10k WPT LA Poker Classic Main Evennt which starts today. His third WPT title puts him alongside an elite crowd of triple-title earners: Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, Anthony Zinno and Chino Rheem who all have their name on the WPT Champions Cup three times. His previous wins were WPT Borgata and WPT St. Maarten both in 2014. He also has mumerous other WPT and WSOP final table appearances with total live tournament winnings of more than $4m.
Once down to ten players (when Andrew Chen bust Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault), it was two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kirsten Bicknell leading. Bicknell was aiming to make it back-to-back female victories at WPT events after Ema Zajmovic became the first woman to win a WPT Championship at partypoker WPT Playground last week.
Once down to four players, Elias took control. Chen made a valiant comeback attempt from less than 10 big blinds, but was bust by the eventual champion.
Afterwards, Elias said: “It was a good tournament. I got dealt a lot of good hands in this one, a lot of big pre-flop hands. I kept getting aces and kings, I got pretty lucky to win. It was smooth sailing most of the way.”
Final table results:
1st: Darren Elias – C$449,484 ($335,436)*
2nd: David Eldridge – C$300,982 ($224,613)
3rd: Jean-Christophe Ferreira – C$193,583 ($144,465)
4th: Andrew Chen – C$143,199 ($106,865)
5th: Manig Loeser – C$107,399 ($80,149)
6th: Abdull Hassan – C$86,184 ($64,316)
*First-place prize includes a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.