Monday June 13, 2011 : Las Vegas pro enjoys his biggest win yet
 
The highly analytical poker pro and cash game specialist Brian Rast is this year's champion in the World Series of Poker event 15, earning his biggest pay day yet in the $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em competition.
 
The young Las Vegas pro led the last ten survivors of a star-studded 765 entry field going into the third and last day of the event Sunday.  Facing him across the felt were players like Allan Kessler, John Gordon, Ali Eslami and Ted Lawson.
 
The final table was of relatively short duration – around six hours – and ended in a heads up confrontation between Allan Kessler and Rast, who continued to hold the lead.  Despite the duo exchanging the chip lead on several occasions as the match progressed it was Rast who prevailed to claim his first bracelet and the main prize of $227 232 – his biggest win yet.
 
Rast's career winnings now top a million dollars, with almost half of them coming from internet poker competitions, where he plays under the ‘handle' tsarrast.
 
Kessler – once again denied his maiden WSOP bracelet – had the consolation of a $140 309 runner up prize.