Close but No Cigar for Brunson, Brian Rast Wins 4th Bracelet at Historic WSOP Event

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Jun/13/2018

84-year-old Doyle Brunson had an opportunity to walk away with $259,670 and a bracelet before his expected retirement.

Making the final table of Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship, Brunson ultimately finished 6th and takes home $43,963.

Brian Rast would go on to win the historic event and a bracelet, his 4th.

Brunson registered for this event at the last possible second, at the start of Day 2, and announced on Twitter it would be the last WSOP event that he will ever play.  His appearance made Rast’s win all the more special.

“It did. You know, in the last couple years, I’ve started playing with Doyle a lot,” said Rast after his win. “So, in that respect, it was, you know, just another day playing with Doyle, but I could still take a step back and appreciate, like from the poker world’s poker world’s perspective … he has a history of back-to-back and the 10-two named after him because he won the back-to-back championships and he’s won a lot of bracelets … He’s a legend.”

The 36-year-old poker pro obviously came to the final table with hopes of winning. However, if he didn’t take home WSOP gold, he was rooting for Brunson to leave the game on top.

“I could really appreciate from that perspective how special it was that Doyle came, he actually played a tournament this year and final tabled it,” said Rast. “And you know everyone was pulling for Doyle and I can understand that. And you know, outside of me, I was pulling for Doyle too.”

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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