Brian Rast Grabs $7.5m in SHRB
Brian Rast earned the largest score of his pro career over the weekend after winning the $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria.
Meanwhile Maria Ho hosted the Chad Brown Memorial Event on Thursday at Planet Hollywood. She wound up winning the event with Vanessa Selbst finishing third.
Brian Rast Wins $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl
Over the weekend the first-ever $500,000 Super High Roller Bowl played out at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
When first announced many doubted that the event would come close to the 50+ players hyped by Poker Central but the event did almost get there.
The $500,000 SHRB drew a field of 43 players, creating a first place prize of $7.52 million. Play reached the final table on Friday with Erik Seidel in position to move up to #1 on Poker's All-Time Money List with a victory.
Seidel would ultimately be the first player eliminated from the final table and fell in seventh place. He has won $4.5 million in 2015 through this event.
It was ultimately Brian Rast facing Scott Seiver for the title and $7.5 million. Rast started with a 4 million chip lead during heads-up play and was never in trouble on his way to taking the title.
Despite finishing runner-up Seiver still earned $5.16 million. Not bad for three day's work.
With the victory Rast moved up to 11th on the All-Time Money list and has $15.62 million in career earnings.
Maria Ho Wins Chad Brown Memorial Tournament; Vanessa Selbst Third
The 2nd Annual Chad Brown Memorial Poker Tournament was held on Thursday at Planet Hollywood. This charity event was part of the "Suck Out Sarcoma" and was to honor poker pro Chad Brown who passed away last year from cancer.
The $240 buy-in event featured $100 rebuys and players were very generous with their rebuys. Maria Ho even paid for other players to rebuy into the event as a way to donate.
Ultimately the final table was a star-studded one featuring four women. Leo Margets, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Vanessa Selbst and Maria Ho joined John Duthie and Tony Hachem at the final.
Ho walked away from the event as the winner. She received $2,766 in cash and a seat in this year's WSOP Main Event. Kevin O'Donnell was runner-up and received $1,777 cash and a seat in the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for 2016.
Vanessa Selbst was third and received a seat in the PPC Poker Tour Main Event at Tampa Bay Downs while Tony Hachem received an Aria WPT500 seat for a future event.
All players at the final received a special prize in addition to a small payout. Ho stated afterwards that she was grateful for the experience and appreciated how the poker community got behind the event to remember Brown.