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Brian Rast Wins Five Diamond $100,000 High Roller At Bellagio

Poker Pro Wins $1,083,500 After Defeating Erik Seidel Heads-Up


A total of 22 entries were made in the 2013 Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em super high roller, building a prize pool of $2,167,000. Only three players made the money, with Jean-Noel Thorel being eliminated on the $433,400 money-bubble.

In the end, Brian Rast overcame Erik Seidel heads-up for the title, taking home $1,083,500 and 600 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was the third seven-figure score of his career and brought his lifetime live tournament earnings to over $5.7 million.

Erik SeidelThis was Rast’s first final-table finish of 2013, but his heads-up opponent Seidel has made a total of six this year. He started off hot with a third-place finish in a $25,000 AUD high roller at the Aussie Millions and then placed fourth in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star. He didn’t achieve much during the summer, but by the time fall came around he got second in the EPT Barcelona €50,000 high roller in September and then fell just short of his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet in a €2,000 no-limit hold’em event at the WSOP Europe. Less than a week later he finished eighth in the WSOPE €25,000 high roller.

This most recent runner-up finish earned Seidel another $650,100 and 500 POY points, and as a result has climbed into 16th place with 2,757 POY points and $2,025,330 in year-to-date earnings.

Third-place finisher Roger Sippl earned $433,400 and 400 points for his strong showing. This was his second cash in a $100,000 buy-in event held at Bellagio, having finished fifth in the same event in 2011.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brian Rast $1,083,500 600
2 Erik Seidel $650,100 500
3 Roger Sippl $433,400 400