Brian Rast

Brian Rast

Brian Rast

148 global poker index

0 world poker tour index

$25,417,850 total poker live earnings

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Profile

name
Brian Rast
Nationality
United States
GPI Rank
148
WPT Wins
0
total poker live earnings
$25,417,850

Biography

Brian Rast is an American poker player and winner of six World Series of Poker bracelets, and a 2023 Poker Hall of Fame inductee.

He is one of only two players to have won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship on three occasions, doing so in 2011, 2016 and 2023.

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

Biography

Rast was born in 1981 in Denver, Colorado. He then moved to Poway, California where he graduated from 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.

Rast at the World Series of Poker

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 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em after defeating Allen Kessler heads-up.

Later that same year he triumphed in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, defeating Phil Hellmuth 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 Super High Roller Bowl for $7,525,000.

In 2016, Rast won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship again, joining Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as the only two-time champions of the event.

A fourth bracelet came in 2018 in the $10,000 2-7 Lowball Championship, and after a fourth in 2021 in Event #51: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Holdem 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," Rast told PokerNews after his fifth WSOP bracelet. “I think I have a pretty good claim. Ive played the biggest cash games in the world for over a decade and Ive done a lot in tournaments as well. I just dont 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
2023 World Series of PokerEvent #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better 7th $18,709
2023 World Series of PokerEvent #43: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 1st $1,324,747
2023 World Series of PokerEvent #35: $10,000 Secret Bounty 69th $11,876
2023 World Series of PokerEvent #16: $25,000 High Roller (8-Handed) 7th $202,532
2023 World Series of PokerOnline Event #1: $333 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Treys Summer Tip Off 196th $952
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #86: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship 39th $20,000
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #70: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship 134th $62,500
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #83: $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 5th $347,658
2022 World Series of Poker[Online] $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller 8-Max 37th $6,853
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #60: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em 3rd $121,718
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #53: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha 22nd $23,327
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #35: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet Event 24th $5,000
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #33: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 188th $4,804
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #10: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed Championship 3rd $134,370
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #8: $25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed 19th $57,009
2022 World Series of PokerEvent #4: $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed 12th $5,993
2021 World Series of PokerEvent #78: $10,000 Razz Championship 17th $16,299
2021 World Series of PokerEvent #64: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 83rd $8,070
2021 World Series of PokerEvent #51: $3,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 1st $474,102
2021 World Series of PokerEvent #31: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw 39th $2,445
2021 World Series of PokerEvnt #16: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship 11th $18,506
2021 World Series of PokerEvent #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship 15th $18,750
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet EventsEvent #81: People’s Choice Event [Spin the Wheel] 175th $1,251
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet EventsEvent #76: $400 FORTY STACK No Limit Hold’em 26th $5,285
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet EventsEvent #66: $800 Pot Limit Omaha 118th $1,944
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet EventsEvent #31: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Championship 291st $1,616
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet EventsEvent #28: $1,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max 69th $1,596
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet EventsEvent #25: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Summer Saver 87th $1,455
2020 WSOP.com Online Bracelet EventsEvent #22: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 33rd $2,913
2018 Poker MastersEvent #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 3rd $214,500
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #69: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed 60th $5,947
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship 8th $144,049
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship 1st $259,670
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship 11th $23,508
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #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 PokerEvent #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low 38th $5,888
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha 40th $10,409
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer’s Choice 41st $2,799
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball 16th $3,471
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship 4th $67,264
2013 World Series of PokerEvent #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) 54th $9,240
2013 World Series of PokerEvent #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Eight Handed) 14th $23,624
2012 World Series of PokerWSOP National Championship 14th $26,439
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop 6th $1,621,333
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em - Four-Handed 22nd $10,510
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry 6th $137,632
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed-Max 24th $14,328
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #55: $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship 1st $1,720,328
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #23: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix 42nd $4,883
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #15: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em 1st $227,232
2010 World Series of PokerEvent #35: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship 16th $38,424
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 28 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys 9th $84,863