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2016 WSOP: Brian Rast Wins Poker Player Championship ($1,296,097)

Tags: 2016 wsop, Brian Rast, Chip Reese, poker players championship.
Posted on Friday, July 08, 2016 by "T".

The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, one of the most prestigious events of the WSOP, drew a field of 91 players this year. It took five days and nights of playing a wide mix of games until the final hand was dealt on the ESPN main stage at the Rio on Thursday.

After defeating Justin Bonomo heads-up, high-stakes poker professional Brian Rast collected $1,296,097 in prize money as well as his third gold coveted bracelet! This was the second time Rast won the Poker Players Championship, after winning his first title in 2011. He and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (2010 and 2012) are the only two players who have won this event twice.

"This final table was really tough," Rast told WSOP.com when asked about the tough line up that included Michael Mizrachi & Justin Bonomo.  "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."

This was the 11th year of this tournament. The first one was won by poker legend Chip Reese who sadly passed away in 2007. A trophy to honour Chip Reese (on the left in the picture) is passed on to the new Poker Players Championhip winner every year. 


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3 comments for "2016 WSOP: Brian Rast Wins Poker Player Championship ($1,296,097)"

 Tony_MON7ANA7/8/2016 8:00:12 PM GMT
Congratulations to Brian Rast for his fabulous victory defeating 90 world-class poker professionals in $50k buy-in Poker Players Championship and for winning his third WSOP bracelet. He deserves it every bit! Aim for the stars!
 doubletop7777/9/2016 8:53:09 AM GMT
Many congratulations to Brian Rast for winning this very prestigious event and his third bracelet. Many people regard this event as the real World Championships and to win it twice is some achievement
 bowie19847/10/2016 12:34:30 AM GMT
Posted by doubletop777:
Many congratulations to Brian Rast for winning this very prestigious event and his third bracelet. Many people regard this event as the real World Championships and to win it twice is some achievement

Why? This had 91 participants and the Main Event has usually upwards of six thousand. Regardless the variety of games played here winning the latter is many times harder IMO.

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