Brian Rast Wins $25,000 Aria High Roller 43

The single-day $25,000 Aria High Roller tournaments that regularly take place at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas have turned into a tradition favored by some of the world’s most popular high roller players. Brian Rast, a poker professional with voluminous portfolio, won the latest such event, adding $393,120 to his bankroll.

The 43th $25,000 buy-in tournament held at Aria’s poker room attracted the total number of 39 entries, bringing the overall prize pool to $936,000. The money was distributed to those who occupied the top 6 positions; min-cash totaled $46,800.

Players battled it out for more than 13 hours before it became clear that Rast had emerged as the victor. Heads-up match between him and Cary Katz was particularly prolonged. It started after midnight and ended more than two and a half hours later. Rast and Katz approached each other cautiously at first. They played for four levels before getting to an all-in confrontation. The first such confrontation was won by Katz. Another all-in call came shortly after, with this one ending up with Rast winning the tournament’s final pot.

As for Katz, he received a nice payout of $224,640 for his runner-up finish. The player took 4th place in the Aria High Roller 42, which was played the previous day. His payout from that event amounted to $90,240.

Rast, too, played in the 42th Aria High Roller tournament but finished 8th, thus becoming the unfortunate bubble boy, or the last player to leave without a payout. With live tournament winnings of $17,780,392, Rast is one of the most profitable players of our time. He is probably best known in the poker community for winning the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl, a $500,000 buy-in tournament held at Aria Resort & Casino last summer. The player collected more than $7.5 million for his victory.

Rast is also a three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner. He collected his first two pieces in 2011 and his last one this summer. It is also interesting to note that he captured two of his bracelets for winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, one of the highest buy-in events on the annual WSOP schedule. In 2013, the player bested Erik Seidel in the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller to win more than $1 million. Over the years, Rast has been a frequent visitor to Aria Resort & Casino and has taken place in a great number of its $25,000 and $50,000 high roller tournaments, winning and cashing in some of them.

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