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2018 World Series of Poker

Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
Jours 3
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker

Résultats
Gagnant
Main Gagnante
9x8x7x6x2x
Prix
$259,670
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,000
Prize Pool
$893,000
Entrants
95
Info Niveau
Niveau
28
Blinds
40,000 / 80,000
Ante
20,000

Brian Rast Wins Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship ($259,670)

Niveau 28 : 40,000/80,000, 20,000 ante
Brian Rast
Brian Rast

When the final day of Event #23: $10,000 2-7 Single Draw Championship began, all eyes were on poker legend Doyle Brunson. The icon had already declared it to be his final run at a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, the last chance to add to his lofty career tally of 10.

In the end, Brunson came up short and a different champion emerged. Perhaps, a fitting one for the occasion. Brian Rast claimed his fourth WSOP bracelet and $259,670 for getting through the small field of 95 entrants.

Official Final Table Results

PositionNameCountryPayout
1Brian RastUnited States$259,670
2Mike WattelUnited States$160,489
3Dario SammartinoItaly$114,023
4James AlexanderUnited States$81,986
5Shawn SheikhanUnited States$59,669
6Doyle BrunsonUnited States$43,963
7John HenniganUnited States$32,796

While Rast has a very, very long way to go until he can measure up to the incredible exploits of "Texas Dolly" — and it may indeed be impossible — his career path doesn't look entirely dissimilar. He's now picked up four bracelets at age 36, including two prestigious Poker Players Championship trophies, and has been a regular participant in some of the biggest live cash games for several years.

He admitted that while the bracelets are special, his main goal in poker is to follow in Brunson's footsteps and become a nosebleed mainstay for decades to come. Brunson himself said his greatest accomplishment in the game has been spending 60 years at the top of the cash food chain.

"It's not easy," Rast said. "Whether or not I win another tournament – I hope to – but that's what I really want to do."

A fast early pace saw Brunson make the unofficial final table and even gain some early momentum and climb into the top half of the counts. At that point, crowds usually reserved for late in the summer in the heat of the Main Event began to gather. Folks on the rail pointed their cameras at Brunson and snapped photos, eager to show friends evidence they watched the living legend in person.

Applause followed each pot Brunson dragged as the crowd tried to will him to write what would have undoubtedly been a poignant moment in poker history.

Doyle Brunson
Brunson was the main attraction.

For Rast, playing with Brunson in the deuce tournament just meant he was playing with tournament chips instead of cash chips. The two regularly battle over limits like $2,000/$4,000 and $3,000/$6,000. However, Rast still appreciated the magnitude of playing a part in poker history.

"I could still take a step back and appreciate from the poker world's perspective," he said. "He's played high-stakes poker longer than anyone. He's an icon, he's a legend. I could really appreciate from that perspective how special it is."

Brunson even doubled through Rast at one point, with Rast breaking one of his personal rules: don't wish any opponents good luck at a final table. Rast finds the practice a little disingenuous but said for Brunson, he had to make an exception.

Brunson climbed up to third in chips with seven left but appeared to hit a wall. More aggressive, younger opponents Rast and Dario Sammartino took command of the table. After bleeding chips for a while, Brunson got the last seven big blinds in drawing to an eight-six against the ten-nine draw of James Alexander. The icon was outdrawn for the final time at the Rio when he pulled a king and Alexander made his hand with a deuce.

Rast and Sammartino appeared to be a cut above their remaining competitors. However, three-handed, they butted heads and Rast made a big call with a king-ten after drawing two against one, taking down the pot to reduce Sammartino to the short stack.

Dario Sammartino
Sammartino made a strong run but fell in third.

Mike Wattel then laddered past the Italian but never appeared to pose a serious threat to Rast's chip lead and got ground down after a lengthy heads-up match that involved mostly small-pot poker.

Rast's cash game experience — 2-7 single draw is a regular part of the mixes he plays — has made a world of difference when comparing this 2018 run to a fourth-place finish in this same event in 2014. At that time a relative novice, cutting his teeth against the best in the world in nosebleed cash games has hardened him into tempered steel that can cut through even a tough lineup.

"There were multiple hands where I felt like I had pretty good reads," he said. "I caught someone snowing. I picked off bluffs. I definitely got more bluffs through than got called.

"I felt like I had a very good sense of what was going on. At this point, I'm a good enough no-limit single draw player to really apply it to specific situations and know what to do with specific hands."

While bracelets remain secondary to Rast's stated goal of cash game dominance, he admitted there's still something special about a big tournament run.

"I definitely get a little more of a rush here, at the final table of a tournament," he said.

It's that rush that will keep Rast returning to the Rio for more bracelet events. And it's that hunger to continue to succeed in the big cash games that keeps Rast motivated to keep working on his craft. As long as he keeps battling with the world's best, he'll remain a force wherever he chooses to play.

While one legend rode off into the tournament sunset on Tuesday night, perhaps an emerging one wrote the next chapter in his story.

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Mike Wattel Eliminated in 2nd Place ($160,489)

Niveau 28 : 40,000/80,000, 20,000 ante
Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

Brian Rast raised to 170,000. Mike Wattel jammed for 1,270,000. Rast tanked about 90 seconds and called. Both players patted.

"Ten," Wattel said.

Rast shook his head and showed {9-}{8-}{7-}{6-}{2-}. Wattel had {10-}{7-}{6-}{4-}{2-} and that ended things after a long heads-up match. Two-time bracelet winner Wattel will remain at two for the time being and he took home $160,489 for his efforts.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
4,750,000 1,850,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
Eliminé
WSOP 2X Winner

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Wattel Doubles Again

Niveau 26 : 25,000/50,000, 15,000 ante
Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

Mike Wattel moved all in on the button. Brian Rast called for 680,000. Wattel and Rast each drew a card. Rast offered to go first and showed {9-}{7-}{6-}{2-}. Wattel had {10-}{5-}{4-}{2-}. Rast mucked a seven and sweated a three-side diamond but it was the {7-Diamonds}. Wattel got a {6-} to make a ten-low to double.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
3,350,000 -650,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
1,400,000 650,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Mike WattelBrian Rast

Dario Sammartino Eliminated in 3rd Place ($114,023)

Niveau 26 : 25,000/50,000, 15,000 ante
Dario Sammartino
Dario Sammartino

Brian Rast shoved all in from the small blind, putting Dario Sammartino at risk for 735,000. Sammartino peeked at his cards and slid in some chips. Rast patted with {j-}{9-}{8-}{6-}{2-} and Sammartino had a draw to {9-}{5-}{4-}{3-}. He paired his three to hit the rail in third.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
3,750,000 750,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
1,000,000 -100,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
Eliminé

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Rast Wins Big Pot vs Sammartino

Niveau 25 : 20,000/40,000, 10,000 ante
Brian Rast
Brian Rast

Brian Rast raised to 130,000 and Dario Sammartino called. Rast drew two and Sammartino opted for one.

Rast checked and Sammartino bet 200,000. Rast tanked before calling and tabled {k-}{10-}{7-}{5-}{2-}. For the second time in 15 minutes, Rast's king was good enough to take down the pot and extend his chip lead.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
3,000,000 400,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
1,100,000 -100,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
585,000 -380,000

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Wattel Doubles Through Rast

Niveau 25 : 20,000/40,000, 10,000 ante
Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

Brian Rast opened for 90,000 and Mike Wattel shoved all in from the big blind for 575,000. After getting the count, Rast made the call. Wattel patted and Rast threw in a {j-}, indicating he was breaking. Wattel showed {9-}{8-}{6-}{4-}{2-}. Rast had a draw to {9-}{6-}{5-}{2-} and said he sweated out a four-side club, so that was that and Wattel doubled.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
2,300,000 -660,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
1,200,000 695,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Brian RastMike Wattel

James Alexander Eliminated in 4th Place ($81,986)

Niveau 25 : 20,000/40,000, 10,000 ante
James Alexander
James Alexander

Brian Rast raised to 90,000. It folded to short stack James Alexander in the big blind who moved all in for 400,000.

Rast called. Alexander had a decision and ended up drawing two. Rast stood pat.

James Alexander: {6-}{3-}{2-}
Brian Rast: {10-}{8-}{6-}{4-}{2-}

"At least I threw away the correct two," said Alexander. He would need to catch good cards to stay alive, but his first card was a {6-}, pairing him, and the second was an {a-}. This sent him to the rail in fourth place for $81,986.

Joueur Jetons Progression
James Alexander us
James Alexander
Eliminé

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Rast Puts Wattel to the Test

Niveau 25 : 20,000/40,000, 10,000 ante
Brian Rast
Brian Rast

Mike Wattel raised to 90,000 and Brian Rast made it 300,000 in the small blind. Wattel called. Rast patted and Wattel took a card. Rast checked and Wattel bet 325,000. After about two minutes, Rast moved all in for about 1 million effective.

"I wasn't bluffing," Wattel said.

He nonetheless mucked, adding, "the fanciest play of all time."

As a consequence of the pot, Rast moved into the chip lead.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brian Rast us
Brian Rast
2,100,000 721,000
WSOP 6X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
685,000 -715,000
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Brian RastMike Wattel

Wattel Doubles Through Sammartino

Niveau 25 : 20,000/40,000, 10,000 ante
Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

Dario Sammartino raised to 90,000 and Mike Wattel called. Both players took one.

Wattel checked and Sammartino bet 145,000. Wattel then moved all in for 585,000 and after a long time in the tank, Sammartino called.

Wattel showed {8-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{2-} and beat the {10-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{2-} of Sammartino to double up in one of the first hands after the dinner break.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Dario Sammartino it
Dario Sammartino
1,500,000 -640,000
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
1,400,000 663,000
WSOP 2X Winner

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Shawn Sheikhan Eliminated in 5th Place ($59,669)

Niveau 24 : 15,000/30,000, 7,000 ante
Shawn Sheikhan
Shawn Sheikhan

Brian Rast raised to 70,000 and Shawn Sheikhan called in the small blind. Dario Sammartino was in the big blind and three-bet to 260,000.

Rast folded, but Sheikhan called and drew one. Sammartino also took one.

Sheikhan checked and Sammartino moved all in. Sheikhan called all in for his last 178,000.

Sammartino showed {10-}{9-}{4-}{3-}{2-}, beating the {k-}{8-}{6-}{5-}{2-} of Sheikhan, sending the US player to the rail in 5th place.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Shawn Sheikhan us
Shawn Sheikhan
Eliminé

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