WSOP 2011 – Brian Rast wins $1,500 Pot Limit Hold ‘em

WSOP 2011 – Brian Rast wins $1,500 Pot Limit Hold ‘em

Monday, 13 June 2011

The 765-strong field in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold ‘em event has been vanquished courtesy of Brian “tsarrast” Rast after he defeated Allen Kessler heads-up for what would be either player’s first bracelet. This marked Kessler’s fourth WSOP runner-up spot making him the new Andy Bloch.

Rast began Day 3 at the head of a short-stacked, ten-handed final table that took just six hours to play down to a winner. Rast lead Kessler as their heads-up battle began and his online cash game experience showed as The Chainsaw was forced to bow in the wake of aggression again and again, including folding to a flop 3-bet and being shown jack high.

The final hand was a serious cooler and even a nit like Kessler can’t get away from a flopped two pair heads up – he check-raised a Ah-3h-5h flop holding 5c-3c and moved all-in over Rast’s 3-bet. The former Victory Poker pro called instantly, tabling Kh-9h for the flopped nuts. A pair of sevens on the turn and river paired the board, but not in the way that Kessler needed and he was out in second for $140,000.

The full final table payouts were as follows:
1.Brian Rast - $227,232
2.Allen Kessler - $140,309
3.Dajuan Whorley - $91,212
4.Daisuke Endo - $66,994
5.Mika Paasonen - $49,902
6.Ali Eslami - $37,654
7.John Gordon - $28,741
8.Ted Lawson - $22,183
9.Ronald Lee - $17,298

Tags: WSOP 2011, event #15 $1, 500 Pot Limit Hold'em, Brian Rast, Allane Kessler