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Poker Hand Matchup: Kane Kalas vs. Darren Elias

Swords K 5 2 8 T

Kane Kalas

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 24,550,000

T 4

34.59 %

19.09 %

0.0 %

Darren Elias

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 8,825,000

Q 6

64.36 %

80.3 %

100.0 %


Posted On: Oct 01, 2014


Preflop, final table, four handed, with the blinds at 100,000 and 200,000 and a 25,000 ante, Kalas raised to 625,000 from the small blind, and Elias called in the big blind. On the flop Kalas bet 1,000,000 and Elias called. On the turn Kalas bet 1,700,000 and Elias called. On the river Kalas went all-in and Elias called and was all-in.


Kalas and Elias enjoyed substantial chip leads over the other two runners (Jose Serratos – 2m, Aaron Overton 1.3m) but that didn’t stop them from getting involved with each other. Kalas sought to exploit his chip lead by opening his small blind with a raise, hoping Elias would fold and seek greener pastures against the short-stacks, but Elias took to a flop with a marginal suited hand in position. Each flopped the four flush to hearts, as Kalas led out with a semibluff and Elias called with his higher draw. Kalas thought the turn card was a good one for him, in fact it cost him the chip lead. Once Elias doubled up the texture of the match shifted, but by the time Overton and Serratos busted (4th for $259,012 and 3rd for $308,067 respectively) Kalas had reassembled the chip lead with a 2:1 advantage over Elias. Eventually Elias was able to recapture the chip lead, and won the match when his K-4 made a winning two pair against Kalas’s big slick. Aside from winning a high roller WCOOP event in 2012, this was Elias’ first major title and also his largest cash to date – $843,744. This was also Kalas’ largest cash to date with $500,364 earned for his runner up finish.

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