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Brian Rast

Brian Rast
United StatesUnited States
Total winnings
$ 12,466,921
First place Finishes


Brian Rast is an American professional poker player from Poway, California, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. He began playing poker in 2003 and is mostly known for winning two World Series of Poker bracelets in 2011. He was one of the 48 players to enter the biggest poker event in history, the $1,000,000 buy-in The Big One for One Drop during the 2012 WSOP. He final tabled that event and eventually finished in 6th place collecting more than $1.6 million in winnings.


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. In 2011 Rast won two WSOP bracelets taking down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event an the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship.


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 practiced his game for two years before entering his first major live event, the 2005 World Series of Poker. He cashed in one WSOP event that year taking home just over $3,000 for placing 79th in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event.

World Series of Poker

It wasn't however, until 2008 that Rast scored his second WSOP cash. This time he did much better reaching the final table in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event and cashing for more than $80,000. Rast then scored one more money finish in 2009 while two more cashes came in 2010. However, the 2011 World Series was the one that saw the best of Brian Rast. He scored three money finishes that year wining two bracelets and taking home almost $2 million in prize money. Rast scored five more WSOP cashes in 2012 including two final tables one of which was at the $1 million buy-in The Big One for One Drop.

Brian Rast's Top 5 WSOP Results

2011$1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em1st$227,232
2011$50,000 Poker Player's Championship1st$1,720,328
2012$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Re-Entry6th$137,632
2012$1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop6th$1,621,333
2008$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha9th$84,863

World Poker Tour

Rast has three WPT money finishes on his record. He made his first World Poker Tour cash in 2008 at the Sixth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic in Los Angeles after placing 54th in the $25,000 Championship Event. He collected almost $40,000 in prize money for his performance. His second cash came a year later when Rast final tabled the $25,000 Championship Event at the Seventh Annual Five Star World Poker Classic taking home more than $200,000 for his seventh place finish. Then in 2010 Rast placed 9th at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars $9,600 Championship Event for a $38,000 payday.

Brian Rast's Top 3 WPT Results

2009Five Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship Event7th$204,275
2010Bay 101 Shooting Stars $9,600 Championship Event9th$38,000
2008Five Star World Poker Classic $ 25,000 Championship Event54th$39,570

Other Achievements

In 2006 Rast final tabled the Festa Al Lago V $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. He finished the tournament in fourth place collecting $14,770. Then in April, 2007 he placed third in the $ 5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic in Las Vegas for $ 101,230. In 2010 Rast made another final table, this time scoring fifth place finish at the L.A. Poker Classic's $2,100 No-Limit Hold'em / Ironman event for $7,590.

Did you know?

  • Rast is one of the contributors for the poker training site Poker VT.
  • He can be found playing poker online under the nickname “tsarrast”.

Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #30: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship11th$23,508
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER75th$13,147
2015 Super High Roller Series
$500,000 Super High Roller Bowl1st$7,525,000
2015 Aussie Millions
$10,600 Main Event5th315,000 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific
$1,650 8-Game Dealer's Choice3rd18,482 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low38th$5,888
Event #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha40th$10,409
Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice41st$2,799
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball16th$3,471
Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship4th$67,264
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)54th$9,240
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)14th$23,624
2012 World Series of Poker
WSOP National Championship14th$26,439
Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop6th$1,621,333
Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Four-Handed22nd$10,510
Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry6th$137,632
Event 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max24th$14,328
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 50,000 The Poker Players Championship - 8 Game1st$1,720,328
$ 2,500 8 Game42nd$4,883
$ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em1st$227,232
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em537th$24,079
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Heads Up Championship16th$38,424
Bay 101 Shooting Stars
$ 9,600 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event9th$38,000
2010 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 2,100 No Limit Hold'em - Ironman5th$7,590
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 40,000 No Limit Hold'em - 40th Anniversary event14th$128,665
Seventh Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event7th$204,275
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha9th$84,863
Sixth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic - WPT World Championship
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event54th$39,570
Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic
$ 2,500 Super Satellite1st$25,700
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd$101,230
Bellagio Weekly Tournaments - Apr 2007
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em - afternoon14th$25,700
Festa Al Lago V Poker Tournament
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em9th$5,970
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$14,770
Fourth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 1,500 Super Satellite to Main Event24th$15,500
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em79th$3,290
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