Each year, Las Vegas hosts one of the most anticipated poker events in the world. Yes, we’re talking about the World Series of Poker (WSOP). This prestigious event attracts thousands of poker players annually and is where many come to prove their poker skills to the world. As prestigious as the event itself is, the coveted WSOP gold bracelet is a tangible symbol of accomplishment for many players.
Over the years, countless players have managed to grab a WSOP bracelet for themselves. However, far lesser have managed to score multiple bracelets. With five WSOP bracelets to his name, poker pro Brian Rast falls under the latter. Born in Denver, Colorado, Rast had always loved strategy-based games and he started playing poker regularly at a club founded by his friend. This motivated Rast to pursue the game even further and take his learnings to casinos and poker rooms.
He then dropped out of college in 2004 to pursue a full-time career in poker. The following year, Rast debuted at the 2005 WSOP and started playing online poker on platforms like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. Following years of playing the mind sport, Rast clinched his first and second WSOP bracelet in 2011. He won the first bracelet when he shipped the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em event where he cashed for $227,232 after defeating Allen Kessler heads-up. He then went on to clinch his second bracelet at the $50,000 Player’s Championship where he cashed a whopping $1,720,328.
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His second bracelet win was notable as he defeated poker legend Phil Hellmuth in heads up play, who was at that time chasing his 12th bracelet. He took home his third bracelet in the 2016 WSOP where he once again shipped the $50,000 Player’s Championship title for $1,296,097. He is also only the second person to ship this title twice after Michael Mizrachi. His fourth bracelet followed in 2018 at the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. He won his latest and fifth bracelet at WSOP, held in 2021. He shipped $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed.
All the stats in this article are updated as of 4th March 2022!
Interestingly, for the first decade of his poker journey, Rast was an avid cash game player. While he was not busy taking down titles in WSOP, the 40-year old was grinding on other poker events around the world. In December 2013, he shipped the World Poker Tour (WPT) Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller at the Bellagio. It was in this tournament, where he defeated long time pro Erik Seidel and pocketed $1,083,500 in prize money.
According to Hendon Mob, Brian Rast currently ranks 26th on the all-time money list with a total of $22,409,663 in live earnings. His best live cash is $7,525,000 which he won after he shipped the 1st inaugural Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. This remains his biggest live tournament cash, so far. Another interesting fact about Rast is that he’s the only person who has cashed at least 1$ million for seven consecutive years between 2011 and 2017.
Looking at Rast’s long and lucrative poker career and his performance in recent years, it’s evident that he’s still got a lot of game left in him. We shall look forward to seeing him compete in the coming WSOP events and hopefully even extend his list of WSOP wins!
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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