Darren Elias holds the record for most WPT titles with four. He's won one in each of the last two years. He would love to win his third title in three-consecutive years to bring his overall total to five WPT crowns. Elias first made a name for himself when he won the 2014 WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His first win was worth a whopping $843K. He followed up his first title with a second win in 2014 with a victory in the WPT Caribbean.
After a three-year layoff, Elias stormed back in 2017 with a victory north of the border with a win at the 2017 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in the shadows of Niagara Falls. Last season, Elias won a record-setting fourth WPT title with a win at the 2018 WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic in Las Vegas.
It's safe to say that Elias might be among the best American tournament pros to never win a WSOP bracelet. Maybe he'll finally ship one this summer at the 50th anniversary of the WSOP in Vegas. He's made two final tables at the Rio, but he's yet to go all the way.
Well, it's another day and it's another WPT final table for Darren Elias. He is not only still alive at the 2019 WPT LA Poker Classic, but Elias is also the big stack with six remaining. His biggest competition is ODB Baker, who is second in chips. The final table for some events on this season's WPT will be delayed and played out in Las Vegas. The special final tables will go down in an eSports arena at the Luxor to maximize viewing pleasure.
The WPT Borgata Poker Open and WPT Gardens have already played down to their final tables, but will be awaiting to find out a champion.
The final table of six was set. John Smith snuck in with the short stack and the only player under 1M in chips. The two other shorties were Jean-Claude Moussa and Steve Yea with approximately 1.2M each. The mid-stacks were ODB Baker and Matas Cimbolas with around 4.7M each. And of course, it was Darren Elias at the top of the mountain with over 9M. He had almost as many chips as second and third place combined.
Heading into the final table at the Luxor, Elias will be the player to beat. He's one of the best in the history of the World Poker Tour with four titles. He faded 540 players and only five more stand in his way of another WPT crown. I mean, can Elias pick up his fifth? It's his to lose.
First place pays out at least $1 million plus a seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions, valued at $15,000. The min-cash at the final table is worth $210,650. All of the cheesecake is at the top of the heap with second place banking nearly $647K.
The final table will resume in Las Vegas on Monday, March 11, 2019. Final tables for this year's WPT will be delayed so they could be played out at the swanky Baccarat Crystal HyperX eSports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas.
Notables who cashed in the 2019 LAPC Main Event included Tony Tran, Dan Shak, Andy Frankenberger, Moshin Charania, Taylor Paur, Mike Matusow, Ryan Hughes, JC Tran, Brock Wilson, Jared Griener, Gordon Vayo, Brian Yoon, Jesse Martin, Kareem Marshall, Mike Del Vecchio, Adam Levy, Billy Baxter, Adam Swan, Brett Murray, Amit Makhija, Amal Bounahra, Ben Keeline, and Alex Queen.
2019 WPT LA Poker Classic
Prize Pool: $5,169,270
Final Table Payouts:
Darren Elias - 9,070,000
David ODB Baker 4,760,000
Matas Cimbolas 4,675,000
Jean-Claude Moussa - 1,250,000
Steve Yea - 1,205,000
John Smith - 895,000