Former student cashes $843,000 at WPT event
Meet Darren Elias, a 28-year-old poker player from Erie, Pennsylvania. About ten years ago, Elias was studying physics and enjoying water polo. Now he is a true poker champion who has raked in more than $5 million at various tournaments. His latest victory has provided him with a $843,744 cash prize
Together with 1,200 other poker players, Elias joined a WPT event at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City
. The 28-year-old Erie resident triumphed once again at the Texas Hold'em
tournament. A pair of kings and fours gave him the win, which also provided him with a Hublot King Power watch and a pair of 24-karat gold Monster earphones.
Elias considers the Borgata his second home, which made the win even more special. “I was eager to win the tournament at my ‘home casino
’, where most croupiers have become acquaintances”, the 28-year-old poker champion commented. Elias doesn’t define poker as gambling as he considers it a business.