One of the most prestigious tournaments of the World Series of Poker is the star studded $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-handed). A total of 91 of the best players in the world dug deep in their pockets to enter the tournament. In the end it was Brian Rast who beat Justin Bonomo heads-up to score the bracelet and $1,296,097.
The fifth and final day saw six players return on the official final table. Fun fact: Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi was going for his third (!) title in this event. This was the line-up:
Ray Dehkharghani, who won a bracelet earlier this series, was the first to leave. In a Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo hand his pair of 7's was beat by Mizrachi's two pair on seventh street. He took home $200,027.
Mizrachi took over the chiplead by busting Wil Wilkinson in fifth place in a hand of Limit Hold'em. Mizrachi hit his 3outer on the river with against on .
Mizrachi couldn't win a hand after this, losing a lot of chips in Omaha Hi-Lo, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Triple Draw. In his final hand he drew a pair of 4's against the 8-low of Rast, busting in fourth for $380,942.
Wasserson busted in third place ($545,772) against Rast in a hand of Seven-Card Stud, Rast's pair of 9's was enough to eliminate Wasserson.
Bonomo started the heads-up play with a 2:1 chiplead. The two were in a true rollercoaster, both retaking the chiplead at some point. After several hours of play, a huge set-up in No-Limit Hold'em caused Rast to win the tournament. In the hand, Bonomo raised to 400,000 on the button and Rast called his big blind. On a flop of Rast check/called a bet of 350,000, and did the same on the 2,200,000 bet on the turn . The river was the , Rast checked once again, Bonomo pushed all-in for 7,815,000 and Rast called quicker than his shadow, tabling for the stone cold nuts. Bonomo flashed his for a rivered straight, and was eliminated in second place, good for $801,048.
The results of the final table were as follows: