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Meet the WPT Borgata Poker Open Final Tablists

Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Here are the official chip counts for today’s televised WPT Final Table of the WPT Borgata Poker Open, followed by the remaining prizepool:

Seat 1.  Kane Kalas  -  14,025,000  (87 bb)
Seat 2.  Ray Qartomy  -  1,795,000  (11 bb)
Seat 3.  Darren Elias  -  8,000,000  (50 bb)
Seat 4.  Blake Bohn  -  7,705,000  (48 bb)
Seat 5.  Jose Serratos  -  2,050,000  (12 bb)
Seat 6.  Aaron Overton  -  3,245,000  (20 bb)

1st:  $843,744*
2nd:  $500,364
3rd:  $308,067
4th:  $259,012
5th:  $213,999
6th:  $174,637

* Total first prize amount includes a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.

And now, a closer look at the six final tablists who are looking to join the elite ranks of the WPT Champions Club. (Career live tournament results were compiled from The Hendon Mob’s Poker Player Database.)



Kane Kalas
Seat 1.  KANE  KALAS  -  14,025,000  (87 bb)

Kane Kalas may not be a household name in the poker world (yet), but this Philadelphia born-and-raised 25 year old comes from a fairly famous family in this part of the country — his father is the legendary Harry Kalas, long-time sportscaster for the Philadelphia Phillies up until his death in 2009. Kane’s older brother Todd is also a baseball broadcaster, working for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kalas would like to continue the family tradition as a sports broadcaster, but for now, he’s making his living playing poker. An analytical player who studies game theory, Kane plays some of the highest online stakes in both no-limit hold’em and pot-limit omaha ($500/$1,000).

Primarily an online player, Kalas is still making a name for himself in live tournaments, with career live earnings of $177,444. Even a sixth-place finish at this final table would nearly double his career earnings — but with nearly twice as many chips as anybody else, his ambitions are much higher than sixth place.

While Kalas has the lineage for sports broadcasting and the skills to play high-stakes poker, his interests spread across a much wider spectrum than that. Most notably, Kalas is a talented singer, capable of everything from opera to the Star-Spangled Banner. How many professional poker players can claim to have sung the U.S. National Anthem before a Major League playoff game? That list begins and ends with Kane Kalas.



Ray Qartomy
Seat 2.  RAY  QARTOMY  -  1,795,000  (11 bb)

Ray Qartomy (pronounced “car-too-me”) has become a regular on the World Poker Tour in recent years, and he’s hard not to notice. Born in Jordan and raised in the United States, Qartomy is a lively 48-year-old business owner who has been playing poker for eight years.

This final table represents the fourth WPT cash of Qartomy’s career, to go along with four WSOP cashes. His most notable finish was final tabling the inaugural 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guaranteed Championship, where he finished fourth. That was good for a cool $639,925 score, his biggest to date.

Qartomy also has a six-figure score from a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at Bellagio in 2011, where he earned $133,230, and his career live earnings add up to more than $1.7 million. But Qartomy is still looking for a signature victory to elevate his poker resume, but he’ll have to overcome a very short chip stack to earn that victory tonight.

Qartomy thinks other players would consider his playing style to be “crazy,” and he even uses that word himself to describe his style. One word you can’t use to describe Qartomy at the table is “boring,” whether it’s his playing style or his table talk.



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Seat 3.  DARREN  ELIAS  -  8,000,000  (50 bb)

Darren Elias is a familiar face in the Borgata Poker Open, having finished fifth here during Season X for a career-high $230,610. That showing was one of two final table appearances for Elias that season. He also took third in the Jacksonville bestbet open event. The Pennsylvania native’s list of live scores is an impressive one, totaling over $1.7 million, but he is also an incredibly accomplished online player as well with over $3.3 million in tournament earnings. His reputation amongst his peers is so well-respected, he has earned the nickname “The End Boss”, referring to the final, toughest bad guy you have to beat in order to win a video game.

The recently-married 27-year-old currently resides in Cherry Hill, NJ and is a full time poker pro. He may be quiet at the tables, but don’t think Elias doesn’t know how to express himself. He studied Creative Writing at the University of the Redlands, which is also where he first learned to play poker ten years ago.



Blake Bohn
Seat 4.  BLAKE  BOHN  -  7,705,000  (48 bb)

Blake Bohn is a 42-year-old professional poker player from Minnesota. He has been playing for eight years and in that time has amassed more than $1.7 million in live tournament earnings.

It's been over the last two years where Bohn's poker success has taken him to the next level. After winning the Chicago Poker Classic in March 2013 for nearly $300,000, Bohn had two six-figure scores at the 2013 World Series of Poker. He finished runner-up in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event for just more than $281,000, and followed that up by finishing 15th in the One Drop High Roller event for just over $200,000.

This marks his third cash on the WPT, including a 31st place finish right here at the Borgata in the Season XII WPT World Championship. He’s been on a hot streak coming into the Borgata Poker Open, having just last month won an event on the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour in Sioux Falls for $54,607 and finishing seventh in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for about $250,000.



Jose Serratos
Seat 5.  JOSE  SERRATOS  -  2,050,000  (12 bb)

Jose Serratos is a 31-year-old rental property manager and poker player from Detroit, Michigan who is having quite the case of beginner’s luck, as this is his first-ever WPT event and here he is at the final table. A WSOP Circuit ring winner, Serratos’ biggest career cash prior to this event was $45,000—an amount he is guaranteed to exceed several times over today.

Serratos got into poker playing mixed games with friends prior to the poker room, then found success in tournaments like low buy-in WSOP Circuit events and the Rio Daily Deepstacks tournaments in the summer. He decided to take his shot in this bigger buy-in tournament and sold some action on the TwoPlusTwo forums. He hopes to prove to his investors that they put their money to good use today with a strong showing at the final table.



Aaron Overton
Seat 6.  AARON  OVERTON  -  3,245,000  (20 bb)

Aaron Overton is a 32-year-old professional poker player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the course of his poker career, Overton has earned nearly $250,000 in live tournament earnings.

Though he prefers to grind at the cash-game tables, between the World Series of Poker and the WSOP circuit Overton has 11 cashes. It’s on the North American Poker Tour where Overton had his largest individual score of $50,000, finishing seventh at the 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun event.

This marks Overton’s third career WPT cash and he is already guaranteed to more than triple his previous largest cash. Away from the table, Overton like to snowboard and bike.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Kane Kalas, Ray Qartomy, Darren Elias, Blake Bohn, Jose Serratos, Aaron Overton, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
03:14 PM, 09/19/14

Darren Elias Headlines Borgata Poker Open Final Six

Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

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Day 4 of the Borgata Poker Open began with 31 players remaining from the starting field of 1,226 entries. After a grueling eight levels, six players remain with hopes of capturing a coveted World Poker Tout title and getting their name enscribed on the WPT Champions Cup. Leading the way is Kane Kalas with 14,025,000. He began Day 4 sixth in chips and steadily built his stack before seizing a sizable chip lead on the final hand.

Darren Elias (pictured above) is second in chips with 8,000,000. He is making his third televised WPT final table and his second at Borgata. In Season X, Elias placed fifth in the Borgata Poker Open for $230,610 and followed that with a third-place finish later in the season at WPT Jacksonville for $147,850.

Here is the complete final table lineup:

Seat 1. Kane Kalas - 14,025,000 (87 bb)
Seat 2. Ray Qartomy - 1,795,000 (11 bb)
Seat 3. Darren Elias - 8,000,000 (50 bb)
Seat 4. Blake Bohn - 7,705,000 (48 bb)
Seat 5. Jose Serratos - 2,050,000 (12 bb)
Seat 6. Aaron Overton - 3,245,000 (20 bb)

The final table action gets underway on Friday at 4pm ET and there will also be a live stream presented by DraftKings.com at 4:30pm on a half-hour deley.

Tune in tomorrow for hand-for-hand coverage as the quest to crown the newest WPT champion concludes. 

Sorted In: Darren Elias, Kane Kalas, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII, Featured Blog
03:56 AM, 09/19/14

Hand #171: Jean Gaspard Bubbles in 7th Place ($135,393)

Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Jean Gaspard
Hand #171  -  Kane Kalas raises under the gun to 365,000, and Jean Gaspard (pictured) moves all in from middle position for 1,255,000. Darren Elias calls from the cutoff, and Kalas also calls. Any further betting will create a side pot between Kalas and Elias.

Both players check the dry side pot to the turn on a board of 10heart7heart6diamondJdiamond, Kalas bets 915,000, and Elias calls.

The river card is the 4spade, and both players check the side pot. Kalas shows QheartQspade for an overpair, and Elias mucks. Kalas wins the side pot.

Gaspard turns over Aspade10diamond for a pair of tens, but it's not enough to beat the queens of Kalas, and Gaspard is eliminated on the TV Bubble in seventh place.

Jean Gaspard  -  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($135,393)

The final six players are now filling out their bio sheets and verifying their chip stacks for tomorrow's televised WPT Final Table, scheduled to start at 4:00 pm ET.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jean Gaspard, Darren Elias, Kane Kalas, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
03:33 AM, 09/19/14

Hands #168-170: Final Seven Players

Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #168  -  Aaron Overton raises from middle position to 350,000, Kane Kalas reraises from the cutoff to 845,000, and Overton folds. Kalas takes the pot.

Hand #169  -  Darren Elias completes the small blind to 160,000, and Blake Bohn checks his option in the big blind. After an unknown flop, Elias checks, Bohn bets an unknown amount, and Elias calls. The turn card is unknown, Elias checks, Bohn bets 300,000, and Elias folds. Bohn takes the pot.

Hand #170  -  Kane Kalas min-raises from middle position to 320,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
03:24 AM, 09/19/14

Hands #161-167: Final Seven Players

Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #161  -  Kane Kalas raises from the cutoff to 360,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #162  -  Everyone folds to Blake Bohn, giving him a walk in the big blind. This is the first walk since the final 10 players combined to a single table 161 hands ago.

Hand #163  -  Aaron Overton raises under the gun to 350,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #164  -  Ray Qartomy raises UTG+1 to 400,000, Blake Bohn moves all in from the button, and Qartomy folds. Bohn takes the pot.

Blake Bohn  -  7,500,000
Ray Qartomy  -  2,340,000

Hand #165  -  Everyone folds to Kane Kalas, giving him a walk in the big blind.

Hand #166  -  Darren Elias raises UTG+1 to 325,000, Kane Kalas calls from the small blind, and Ray Qartomy calls from the big blind. All three players check to the turn on a board of Adiamond7club5heart6heart, and Kalas bets 595,000. Qartomy and Elias both fold, and Kalas takes the pot.

Hand #167  -  Kane Kalas min-raises from the button to 320,000, and Jean Gaspard calls from the big blind. Both players check to the turn on a board of KclubKheartQheart2diamond, Gaspard checks, Kalas bets 300,000, and Gaspard folds. Kalas takes the pot.

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
03:17 AM, 09/19/14

Hands #154-160: Darren Elias Reaches 11 Million

Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #154  -  Jean Gaspard completes the small blind to 160,000, and Darren Elias checks his option in the big blind. Both players check all the way down on a board 10spade7heart4spade9diamond9spade, and Gaspard shows 7spade6heart to win the pot with two pair, nines and sevens.

Hand #155  -  Ray Qartomy moves all in from the cutoff for about 2.88 million, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #156  -  Jean Gaspard raises from the cutoff to 380,000, Blake Bohn reraises from the small blind to 880,000, and Gaspard folds. Bohn takes the pot.

Hand #157  -  Jean Gaspard raises from the hijack to 360,000, Jose Serratos moves all in from the small blind for 2,150,000, and Gaspard says, "I hate making bad calls." Gaspard folds Aheart8heart face up, and Serratos takes the pot.

Hand #158  -  Blake Bohn raises from the cutoff to 355,000, and Kane Kalas calls from the big blind. Both players check all the way down on a board of QspadeJclub8spade7spadeKspade, and Kalas shows Kclub2club to win the pot with a pair of kings.

Hand #159  -  Blake Bohn raises from the hijack to 360,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #160  -  Darren Elias raises under the gun to 325,000, Aaron Overton reraises from the cutoff to 850,000, and Elias calls. The flop comes 7club6spade2club, Elias checks, Overton bets 850,000, and Elias check-raises to 1,800,000. 

Overton tanks for a while before he folds, and Elias takes the pot.

Darren Elias  -  11,000,000  (68 bb)
Aaron Overton  -  3,900,000  (24 bb)

Sorted In: Darren Elias, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
03:08 AM, 09/19/14

Level 32 Begins (7 Players Left)

Level 32: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 32, with increased blinds of 80,000-160,000 with a 20,000 ante.

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 5.25 million (32 big blinds). Action will continue tonight until one more player is eliminated.

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
02:54 AM, 09/19/14

Hands #152-153: Ray Qartomy Doubles Thru Jean Gaspard

Level 31: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante

Ray Qartomy
Hand #152  -  Jean Gaspard raises under the gun to 300,000, and Ray Qartomy (pictured) calls from the big blind.

The flop comes AspadeKheart10diamond, Qartomy moves all in for 1,050,000, and Gaspard calls with Aheart8spade for a pair of aces. Qartomy turns over Kspade10spade for two pair, kings and tens, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The turn is the 3spade, the river is the 7spade, and Qartomy wins the pot with his two pair to double up in chips.

Ray Qartomy  -  2,800,000  (23 bb)
Jean Gaspard  -  2,120,000  (17 bb)

Hand #153  -  Kane Kalas raises from the button to 265,000, Jean Gaspard moves all in from the big blind for about 2.1 million, and Kalas folds. Gaspard takes the pot.

Level 31 comes to an end, and the players take a 10-minute break.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Ray Qartomy, Jean Gaspard, Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
02:50 AM, 09/19/14

Hands #146-151: Final Seven Players

Level 31: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #146  -  Darren Elias raises under the gun to 250,000, and Jean Gaspard calls from the big blind. The flop comes QclubQheart7heart, Gaspard checks, Elias bets 250,000, and Gaspard lets out a battle cry of "Ahhhhh!" as he slaps down a check-raise of 600,000, and then shouts "Raise!"

Elias folds, and Gaspard shows A-Q (trip queens) as he collects the pot.

Hand #147  -  Kane Kalas raises to 285,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #148  -  Kane Kalas raises from middle position to 265,000, and Blake Bohn calls from the big blind. Both players check to the turn on a board of Aspade9club6clubAclub, Bohn bets 205,000, Kalas raises to 585,000, and Bohn reraises to 1,180,000. Kalas calls.

The river card is the 4diamond, and both players check. Bohn shows KspadeJspade for king high, and Kalas turns over Jclub9spade to win the pot with two pair, aces and nines.

Kane Kalas  -  7,825,000  (65 bb)
Blake Bohn  -  6,250,000  (52 bb)

Hand #149  -  Darren Elias raises from the cutoff to 250,000, Jose Serratos moves all in from the big blind for 2,075,000, and Elias folds. Serratos takes the pot.

Hand #150  -  Jean Gaspard raises from middle position to 300,000, Darren Elias reraises from the cutoff to 750,000, and Jean Gaspard folds. Elias takes the pot.

Hand #151  -  Darren Elias raises from middle position to 250,000, and Kane Kalas calls from the big blind. The flop comes Qdiamond6heart2spade, Kalas checks, Elias bets 275,000, and Kalas folds. Elias takes the pot.

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
02:45 AM, 09/19/14

Hands #140-145: Final Seven Players

Level 31: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #140  -  Blake Bohn raises under the gun to 280,000, Jean Gaspard calls from the small blind, and Darren Elias calls from the big blind. All three players check to the turn on a board of Jspade10spade5heart8diamond, Gaspard checks, and Elias bets 525,000. Bohn raises to 1,300,000, Gaspard folds, and Elias calls.

The river is the Aheart, and both players check. Elias shows 9heart7heart for a jack-high straight, and Bohn says, "Wow. That's a straight, right?" Bohn mucks as Elias wins the pot.

Darren Elias  -  9,700,000  (80 bb)
Blake Bohn  -  8,590,000  (71 bb)

Hand #141  -  Aaron Overton raises from middle position to 260,000, Ray Qartomy calls from the cutoff, and Darren Elias reraises from the small blind to 850,000. Overton and Qartomy both fold, and Elias takes the pot.

Hand #142  -  Jean Gaspard raises from the cutoff to 300,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #143  -  Blake Bohn min-raises from the button to 240,000, and Aaron Overton calls from the big blind. The flop comes Kheart9heart3heart, Overton checks, Bohn bets 305,000, and Overton check-raises to 770,000. Bohn folds, and Overton takes the pot.

Aaron Overton  -  6,100,000  (50 bb)
Blake Bohn  -  7,800,000  (65 bb)

Hand #144  -  Jean Gaspard raises to 300,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #145  -  Jean Gaspard raises to 300,000 again, winning the blinds and antes.

Sorted In: Borgata, Borgata Poker Open, Season XIII
02:30 AM, 09/19/14
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