Kane Kalas began Day 4 of the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in the middle of the pack but bagged up the chip lead with 14 million heading into the final table. The day fell into two halves – the march from 31 players to seven and then seven to six for the TV table bubble. Seven-handed play lasted nearly 100 hands and 3.5 hours before the final table was set.
“I was a little bit nervous at the beginning of the day with the gravity of the situation and how deep I was,” Kalas said. “Once I played a few hands I wasn’t nervous at all. I enjoyed the final table, everyone else seemed to be really tired and off their game a bit. I was zoned in and still playing very well.”
Darren Elias leads the chase pack holding eight million with Blake Bohn‘s 7.7 million right behind. Aaron Overton (3.2 million), Jose Serratos (2.05 million) and Ray Qartomy (1.7 million) round out the final table.
Elias looks for his first WPT win after two final tables, including a 5th place finish at the Borgata in Season X. Bohn is fresh off a seventh place finish in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $250,000 and a Mid-States Poker Tour main event win.
Jean Gaspard, Zo Karim, Bobby Oboodi, Erik Cajelais, Justin Zaki and Matt Glantz made deep runs but all fell short of Day 5. Gespard began the day with a massive lead but a long day of beats saw him exit in seventh place.
Gaspard lost a significant pot early in the day after he opened, Barry Shulman three-bet and Elias four-bet from the small blind. Gaspard shoved, Shulman mucked and Elias called holding pocket kings. Gaspard trumped him with pocket aces but the flop hit K J 3 and Elias flopped a set. Gaspard blanked when the board completed, he dropped to 2.2 million and Elias flirted with five million.
Elias ran into pocket aces not much later when Zaki moved all in and Elias called with A K. The dealer spread the J T 4 4 Q and Elias rivered a straight to send Zaki to the rail in 18th place.
Shortly after the field returned from dinner break Scott Matte busted in 11th place trimming the field to a single table. Then on the final table bubble Kalas opened, Qartomy called and Karim shoved all in holding pocket sevens. Kalas called holding A K, Qartomy mucked and the dealer spread the A Q T J 5 board. Kalas’ pair of aces improved to a straight and Karim was eliminated in 10th place.
A little over an hour later Elias, Bohn three-bet and Ory Hen four-bet shoved his short stack from the big blind. Elias folded, Bohn called with T 7 and Hen showed A J. The board ran Bohn’s way when it came Q 8 7 6 7 and Bohn’s trip sevens sent Hen home in ninth place.
Another hour passed before Overton opened in early position, Elais called on the button and Nicholas Gerrity called from the big blind. The flop fell K 6 2, all three players checked and the turn came 7. Gerrity checked, Overton bet, Elias got out of the way and Gerrity re-raised all in. Overton called with K J and Gerrity had kicker problems with K 3. The river came 6 and Gerrity exited in eighth place.
The TV table bubble drug on until 3:30 am until Kalas opened, Gaspard moved his short stack all in and Elias called. Action folded back to Kalas, he called and they saw a T 7 6 flop. Kalas and Elias checked, the turn came J and Kalas bet. Elias called, they made a side pot and the river came 4. Both active players checked, Kalas tabled pocket queens, Elias mucked – surrendering the side pot and main pot. Gaspard showed A T for a pair of tens and play ended for the night.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Kane Kalas – 14,025,000
- Darren Elias – 8,000,000
- Blake Bohn – 7,705,000
- Aaron Overton – 3,245,000
- Jose Serratos – 2,050,000
- Ray Qartomy – 1,795,000
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