Brian was born in Denver, Colorado, later moving to Poway, California. Becoming the valedictorian of his high school, Brian went on to study at Stanford University. Brian realized his passion for playing poker in the summer of 2003 after watching the movie “Rounders” and being inspired by the main character. This is when he began playing for serious money and would later quit Stanford to take up poker full time.
Rast has earned nearly $1 million in live tournaments. In 2009, he took 7th place at the World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship for $200,000 and took 14th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Event #2, $40,000 no-limithold’em event for $130,000. Not bad for a guy who isn’t even best known for playing live tournaments.
What Rast is best known for is taking down high-stakes cash games. One of his most memorable moments was a recent high-stakes cash game in China, where he was able to collect more then $1.2 million dollars in one session. He was making all the right moves in all the right places and came home with his biggest score to date.
Brian likes to consider himself a pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold’em “expert” and with his background in working up the cash game ladder, “expert” is most definitely the correct word. Rast is a regular inthe $500-$1,000 half pot-limit hold’em/half pot-limit Omaha games. In these two games he is considered one of the elite cash game specialistsin the world. When asked what he would be doing if not in poker? He stated, “Something in finance or analysis, but I could never imagine not being in poker.”