In an amazing show of skill, 34 year old Brian Rast has become the second player in WSOP history to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship twice. It’s called a poker players championship perhaps because it’s a mixed game event with eight types of poker variants. Skill and knowledge is needed for eight types of poker variants. Brian Rast won previously in 2011. The event had 91 players with a total prize pool of $4,176,000. Rast wins $1,296,097 and a gold bracelet.
For the win, Rast stated “It’s not jus the win, but a place in poker history”. The poker variants in the event are:Razz, Limit Holdem, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha High Low Split, Seven Card Stud High Low Split, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, No Limit Holdem, and Seven Card Stud. For poker players, this is one of the most prestigious tournaments. Winning it demonstrates the player’s overall excellence in the game of poker. It is one of the factors as players get nominated or elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.
The heads up tourney put Rast against Justin Bonomo. Though Bonomo started with a chip lead, Rast chipped away at it. The lead then changed several times as they battled it out for hours. The final hand was in the no limit holdem game. The flop was ace, ten, and five. Bonomo raised while Rast check-called. Another ace came out with Bonomo making another huge raise. Bonomo held a queen, jack unsuited, while Rast held the ace, ten unsuited. The king appeared on the river. Bonomo thought he was the winner with a straight but was defeated with full house from Rast.
Runner up Bonomo took home $801,048. He’s had quite a year at the WSOP. He is in a top position for WSOP Player of the Year. This event also marks his sixth cash at this years WSOP and puts him over the million dollar earnings amount so far in the series. He now has 40 WSOP cashes in total.
The top finishers in the event were:
Brian Rast $!,296,097
Justin Bonomo $801,048
Eric Wasserson $545,772
Michael Mizrachi $380,942
Wil Wilkinson $272,558
Ray Dehkharghani $200,027
Tommy Hang $150,672
Daniel Alaei $150,672
Elior Sion $116,571
Video: WSOP 2016 Brian Rast wins Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1,296,097