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Brian Rast

Brian Rast
Nationality: United States
Last seen on: 2021 World Series of Poker

Biography

Brian Rast is an American poker player and winner of five World Series of Poker bracelets.

He is one of only two players to have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on two occasions, doing so in 2011 and 2016 for combined cashes of over $3,000,000.


Read More: Life in the Rast Lane: Brian Rast's Incredible Poker Journey


[h=1]Biography

Rast was born in 1981 in Denver, Colorado. He then moved to Poway, California where he graduated the Poway High School in 2000. After finishing High School Rast entered Stanford University, but dropped out rather soon in order to seek career as a professional poker player.

Rast's passion for poker came in 2003 after he saw the best-known poker-themed movie “Rounders” starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton.

[h=1]Rast at the World Series of Poker[/h]

After cashing at the WSOP for the first time in 2005, it wasn't until 2011 that Rast really hit his stride at the festival. He cashed just three times, but won two bracelets. His first came in the [B][URL="https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2011-world-series-of-poker/event-15-pot-limit-hold-em/"]$1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em[/URL][/B] after defeating Allen Kessler heads-up.

Later that same year he triumphed in the [B][URL="https://www.pokernews.com/tours/wsop/2011-world-series-of-poker/event-55-the-poker-player-s-championship/"]$50,000 Poker Players Championship[/URL][/B], defeating [B]Phil Hellmuth[/B] heads-up to win the prestigious event for $1,720,328.

The following year, in 2012, Rast finished sixth in the inaugural $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,621,333. Another seven-figure score came in 2013 with victory in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller.

Rast was making a name for himself in the High Roller community, with several six-figure cashes in Bellagio and ARIA High Roller tournaments. In 2015, he final-tabled the Aussie Millions Main Event before going on to win the inaugural [B][URL="https://www.pokernews.com/news/2015/07/brian-rast-wins-inaugural-super-high-roller-bowl-22161.htm"]Super High Roller Bowl[/URL][/B] for $7,525,000.

In 2016, Rast won the [B][URL="https://www.pokernews.com/news/2016/07/building-a-legacy-brian-rast-wins-50k-ppc-a-second-time-25256.htm"]$50,000 Poker Players Championship[/URL][/B] again, joining Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi as the only two-time champions of the event.

A fourth bracelet came in 2018 in the [B][URL="https://www.pokernews.com/news/2018/06/brian-rast-2-7-lowball-championship-doyle-brunson-31115.htm"]$10,000 2-7 Lowball Championship[/URL][/B], and after a fourth in 2021 in [B][URL="https://www.pokernews.com/news/2021/10/brian-rast-wins-fifth-wsop-bracelet-40146.htm"]Event #51: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em[/URL][/B] Rast was building up a Hall of Fame-worthy poker resume, something even Rast himself admits.

“I turn 40 in a couple of weeks and it was on my mind to make the Poker Hall of Fame," [URL="https://www.pokernews.com/news/2021/10/brian-rast-wins-fifth-wsop-bracelet-40146.htm"]Rast told [I]PokerNews[/I] after his fifth WSOP bracelet[/URL]. "I think I have a pretty good claim. I’ve played the biggest cash games in the world for over a decade and I’ve done a lot in tournaments as well. I just don’t think there are too many people. I wanted to come back here this year to the WSOP and show myself that I can still play great poker and be around and enjoy it and hopefully add more.”

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #78: $10,000 Razz Championship
17th $16,299
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #64: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha
83rd $8,070
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #51: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
1st $474,102
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw
39th $2,445
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
11th $18,506
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
15th $18,750
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #81: People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]
175th $1,251
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #76: $400 FORTY STACK No Limit Hold'em
26th $5,285
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #66: $800 Pot Limit Omaha
118th $1,944
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #31: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
291st $1,616
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #28: $1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max
69th $1,596
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #25: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Summer Saver
87th $1,455
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet Events
Event #22: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack
33rd $2,913
2018 Poker Masters
Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
3rd $214,500
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed
60th $5,947
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
8th $144,049
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
1st $259,670
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
11th $23,508
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER
75th $13,147
2015 Super High Roller Series
$500,000 Super High Roller Bowl
1st $7,525,000
2015 Aussie Millions
$10,600 Main Event
5th 315,000 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific
$1,650 8-Game Dealer's Choice
3rd 18,482 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low
38th $5,888
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
40th $10,409
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice
41st $2,799
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
16th $3,471
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
4th $67,264
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
54th $9,240
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)
14th $23,624
2012 World Series of Poker
WSOP National Championship
14th $26,439
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop
6th $1,621,333
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Four-Handed
22nd $10,510
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
6th $137,632
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max
24th $14,328
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #55: $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
1st $1,720,328
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix
42nd $4,883
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #15: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
1st $227,232
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #35: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
16th $38,424

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