WSOP 2016: The Poker Players Champion is Brian Rast WSOP 2016: The Poker Players Champion is Brian Rast

Brian Rast went head to head with Justin Bonomo in Event #55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed) to take the win and $1,296,097 in prize winnings—making it the second time in his career he has won this event (his first win in PPC was back in 2011).

Bonomo walked away with a generous sum of $801,048—but fell short of first place in what has been a successful Series for him. It is his fourth top-three finish of the summer.

This is Rast’s third World Series of Poker gold bracelet and this year he gets to take home the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy (before having to hand it back next year).

On his win, the 34 year old Rast said: “It’s not just tournament results that will place me in history; it’s also playing in the biggest limits. I will play anything for any amount of money. To me, that says a lot more career wise than tournament wins, although that’s what everyone sees.”

“This final table was really tough,” Rast went on to say in a post tournament interview. “I was really low on chips for a lot of it. The heads up match was a really long battle. And, it was definitely satisfying. I would agree it was both my toughest and most satisfying win.”

Rast joins Michael Mizrachi as two-time champions of this event—Mizrachi finished in fourth place in this years event.

The event took over 50 hours to play out and attracted 91 entrants. Congrats to both Brian and Justin.

Events finishing today

Event #60: $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better will be finishing today. Currently David Prociak is sitting as chip leader, as fourteen players return for the final day of play to battle it out for the first place prize of $156,546.