WSOP: Poway High grad Rast has chance at largest prize ($18.3M) in poker history
By Michael Bower
Poway High grad Brian Rast has a chance to claim the largest first-place payout in the history of poker, as the 30-year-old is fourth in chips heading into Tuesday’s final table of the $1 million buy-in tournament at the World Series of Poker.
Rast, who was the valedictorian at Poway High in 2000, is one of eight players still alive for the astounding first-place prize of $18.3 million. He is already guaranteed at least $1.2 million.
The final table of WSOP Event No. 55, also known as The Big One for One Drop, will be broadcast on a short delay Tuesday on ESPN 2, starting at 1 p.m. Coverage will then switch to ESPN at 5 p.m.
Rast, a high-stakes poker pro living in Las Vegas, won two WSOP events and nearly $2 million last year. He fought through a field of 48 players to reach the final table of the three-day $1 Million buy-in event, which began Sunday.
Players remaining and their chip counts: Antonio Esfandiari (39,925,000), Sam Trickett (36,000,000), Guy Laliberte (23,500,000), Rast (14,000,000), Phil Hellmuth (8,800,000), Richard Yong (8,300,000), Bobby Baldwin (7,425,000) and David Einhorn (7,200,000).
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