Brian Rast Captures His Third Players Championship Title at the 2023 WSOP

With this victory, Rast claims his sixth WSOP bracelet and becomes only the second player to win the prestigious $50k event three times.

One of the most prestigious events of the World Series, the $50k Players Championship, is in the books, and the title and all the fame that goes with it belongs to Brian Rast. The Hall of Fame nominee dominated the 2023 WSOP event, eliminating all four of his remaining opponents on the last day of play.

The tournament attracted a total of 99 players, generating the prize pool of $4.7 million, $1.3 of which went to the winner. But more than money (although a seven-figure cash always comes in handy), Rast sealed his poker legacy, capturing his sixth WSOP gold and becoming only the second player to win this prestigious and extremely tough tournament three times.

On his way to the title, Rast had to outmaneuver the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Josh Arieh, legendary Phil Ivey (finished sixth), and Talal Shakerchi, who was Brian’s last obstacle on his way to the title.

With over $25 million in tournament winnings and a series of impressive wins under his belt, Rast was already a very serious candidate for the Poker Hall of Fame induction, but his most recent feat certainly puts him at the top of the list.

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Secure Your Seat in This Week’s PokerStars Sunday Million

Three daily satellites guarantee at least 150 seats to the upcoming PokerStars Sunday Million on June 25, and you can take your shot for just $11.

The PokerStars Sunday Million is the staple event of online poker, awarding hundreds of thousands every single week. It is one of the best value weekly tournaments around, and this week, you can get involved for cheap thanks to a boosted satellite schedule.

Namely, every day of the week, Monday through Saturday, PokerStars will be hosting $11 Sunday Million satellites with boosted guarantees. Tournaments taking place at 19:05 CET are your best bet, as the room is guaranteeing 100 seats.

Just last week, a lucky player from the UK outlasted the massive field of more than 9500 entries to walk away with the $57,261 first place prize and another $29,000 in accumulated bounties — all that for a buy-in of just $109.

With the boosted satellite schedule, you could have your shot at big money for just $11, and there is plenty of time left until Sunday. So, head on over to PokerStars, register for an account if you don’t have one already, and claim your seat in the upcoming event!

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An Unknown Player Enters the 2023 WSOP $250k Event

Dustin Bailey decided to enter the 2023 WSOP Super High Roller on a whim and got quite a run for his money, bagging the chip lead after the first day of play.

Tournament fields at the 2023 WSOP have been impressive so far, with thousands of players from all over the world hitting the green felt in their quest for fame and fortune.

However, when it comes to tournaments with six-figure buy-ins, even at the WSOP, players don’t expect to see (m)any unknown faces. This is why the appearance of one Dustin Bailey in the $250k Super High Roller caught the attention of the players and the poker media alike.

No one knew who Bailey was; he has no recorded poker results, and, in his own words, he doesn’t follow or play poker all that much. And he means it, as he doesn’t even know who Phil Hellmuth or Phil Ivey are.

He just happened to be in Vegas for Father’s Day with his family and convinced his wife to let him play in the $250,000 tournament. According to what he told PokerNews, Bailey’s poker experience, up to that point, boiled down to some cash games back in his college days.

Dustin had quite a run to start off, bagging the chip lead after the first day of play, but those chips didn’t last too long on Day 2, and he ended up not reaching the money after all.

This story just goes to show that anything goes at the WSOP. It’s safe to assume all the pros in the extremely tough field were licking their chops upon seeing a complete random putting up a quarter of a million to “join the fun,” but Bailey at least got a good story out of it.

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