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Brian Rast Wins $50,000 Players Championship at 2011 World Series of Poker

Summer’s Only Double-Bracelet Winner Takes Home $1.7 Million

by Ryan Lucchesi |  Published: Aug 10, 2011

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With only three preliminary events remaining to be played in the 2011 World Series of Poker, no players had won multiple bracelets, threatening to end an 11-year run of multiple-bracelet winners. A handful of the players in the $50,000 Players Championship had a chance to keep the streak alive — but to do so, they’d have to conquer arguably the toughest field of the summer and compete in eight poker disiplines: limit hold’em, Omaha eight-or-better, razz, seven-card stud, seven-card stud eight-or-better, deuce-to-seven triple-draw, no-limit hold’em, and pot-limit Omaha. One of those players was professional Brian Rast, who had won his first WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event in early June. In this event, he faced a field of the 127 toughest poker players in the world, all of whom were intently focused not only on getting a piece of the $6,144,000 prize pool, but winning the tournament and ...


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