Brian was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Poway, California. He and his high-school buddies began playing poker buddies after being inspired by the movie "Rounders". It's no wonder Brian would be fascinated by the storyline and main character - a rebel with a brilliant mind who applied his talents to the game of poker.
The high school valedictorian went on to study at Stanford University. It was during a summer break in 2003 that he realized his passion for playing poker. He began playing seriously for money at casino's and online while home from college. A year and a half later he quit Stanford to play poker professionally.
Rast's record may not reflect the statistics of his peers. Probably because he hasn't competed in many tournaments. But the results he does have are impressive, with more than a million dollars in tournament winnings in less than a year. He took seventh place at the final table of the 2009 World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship and entered the 2009 World Series of Poker Event #2 $40,000 no-limit hold'em event to place fourteenth. But Rast is best known for working his way up the cash games high-stakes ladder, compounding his winnings to become a deep stack no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha specialist.
One of his most memorable poker moments was traveling to China and winning 1.2 Million dollars in a cash game. Players who scooped a pot were required to show their hole cards. He was making big plays and even bigger bluffs, taking a number of competitors to the felt. " was an incredible feeling" said Rast, dominate nearly every other hand in a big game for hours.
Rast also recalls one of his most painful losses in a 300/600 pot-limit Omaha game against a poker legend. "I turned the nut flush on a board with Qd 9d 8d against Sammy Farha. Farha had Jd Td in his hand to make a straight flush, and I ended up losing a 700K pot."
We asked Rast why he decided to join Team Victory. "Our site is fun and interesting", he answered. "VictoryPoker.net offers a wide variety of options that other online poker rooms can't or won't. I'm also good friends with this crew of cool, talented, intelligent gamblers and poker players" he added. "spent a lot time with them - long before VictoryPoker.net even existed. Now that Team Victory consists of my good friends, I couldn't be happier".