Poker Player’s Champion – Brian Rast (Not Hellmuth)

July 13, 2011

This year, the 2011 $50K buy-in Poker Player’s Championship was taken down by pro player from Las Vegas, Nevada, Brian Rast. Rast beat out a field of 128 other players in the mixed game format that spanned five days. He earned more than $1.7 million in winnings for the one bracelet. Only the Main Event top prize will go over this win.

This wasn’t his first bracelet though. Earlier this year, he won the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold ‘em event to become the only player to win more than one bracelet this year. His name was also added to the list of champs that includes other poker greats like David “Chip” Reese, Scotty Nguyen, Freddy Deeb ,Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, and David Back. The trophy is named after late Reese, who was the winner of the first championship back in 2006.

At the heels of Rast was Phil Hellmuth, who was on the verge of winning his 12th bracelet when Rast took it out from under him. Hellmuth finished second. This would be Hellmuths third second place finish this year, and while he hasn’t won any bracelets yet, he did become the first player to land in second place three times in one year without any wins, so he managed to make history anyway. And he took in a $1.06 million prize for his championship second place finish.

Hellmuth said, “Look, I wanted to prove to myself, and just to myself really, that I’m a pretty good player… The world in general has been great to me. My fans have been great to me. I feel really good about the treatment and a ton of people were watching. It just makes me feel really good that there are so many people out there rooting for me. And I’m so happy about that. I’ve been way to cocky in the past, and I hear my critics. That’s my problem.”


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