Brian Rast Wins 4th Bracelet and $260K, Doyle Brunson 6th in $10K 2-7 Lowball11 months ago
Many poker fans were hoping for an 11th WSOP title for Doyle Brunson in his announced last poker tournament before retirement, but the octogenarian had to settle for 6th place, with Brian Rast swooping in and claiming the gold bracelet in Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw.
A long and distinguished career on the tournament and cash game tables saw Brunson earn $6,176,737 in live tourney action, and God knows how many million more in high stakes ring games. His place as a poker legend is firmly cemented in history, with elimination from future poker action due only to the declining health of he and his wife - and Father Time.
Old-timers have to eventually make way for a younger breed of poker talent, and Brian Rast fits the bill perfectly. The 36-year-old topped 95 entries to win his 4th WSOP title, earning a payday of $259,670, while making sure to tip his cap to "Texas Dolly."
"I could still take a step back and appreciate from the poker world's perspective," Rast told WSOP officials. "He's played high-stakes poker longer than anyone. He's an icon, he's a legend. I could really appreciate from that perspective how special it is."
Rast overcame stiff competition from other top pros down the stretch to claim the crown. He battled Italy's Dario Sammartino and Mike Wattel three-handed, the Italian eliminated in 3rd place by Rast when his draw resulted in a pair.
Just shy of a 4:1 chip advantage when heads-up play commenced, it was more than enough for Rast to ride to victory. Wattel earned $160,489 for finishing runner-up and is less than $50K away from $3 million in lifetime cashes. Rast has scooped more than $21 million in his career, and is on a trajectory to join Brunson in the Poker Hall of Fame someday.
Final Table Results - Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Single Draw Championship - Prizepool $893,000 - 95 Entries
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