On Tuesday night, Brian Rast added his third million dollar score and pushed himself over $5,800,000 in lifetime tournament earnings by winning the 2013 World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller. Rast defeated a tough field of 22 entries including Erik Seidel in heads-up play to earn the title. Finishing in third place and also cashing was Roger Sippl.
2013 WPT Five Diamond $100K High Roller Results
Of the players that entered, Antonio Esfandiari (9th), Dan Perper (8th), Marvin Rettenmaier (7th), Justin Bonomo (6th), Chris Klodnicki (5th), and Jean-Noel Thorel (4th) all made the final table, but it was only the top three would made it into the money.
Thorel became the bubble boy of the tournament after falling severely short on chips and eventually losing out to Rast.
Rast then eliminated Sippl in third place before taking on Seidel — a man not short on poker prowess. While Sippl had only $469,120 in live tournament earnings coming into this event, his cash here proved his second in a $100,000 event held at Bellagio. In 2011, Sippl took fifth in the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller for $192,960.
While Seidel has plenty of poker experience in $100,000 events, he was unable to take down Rast. For his runner-up result, Seidel scored $650,100 in prize money and push himself over $19,000,000 in lifetime tournament earnings.
For Rast, this win marks the third significant one of his career. The other two were from World Series of Poker gold bracelet events in 2011 when he won the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event for $227,232 and the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship for $1,720,328.