Brian Rast on Poker Corridor of Fame: “I Belong in Subsequent 12 months”


Brian Rast, who will flip 40 on November 8 and not too long ago received his fifth gold bracelet final week, opened as much as PokerNews about his tackle the Poker Corridor of Fame. Extra particularly, his personal candidacy, wherein he believes he is greater than worthy.

In the course of the World Sequence of Poker Primary Occasion, which begins Thursday, the 2021 Poker HOF nominee shall be introduced. Among the many 10 people eligible are Mike Matusow, Matt Savage, Layne Flack, and Michael Mizrachi.

Rast on Who He’d Choose for 2021 Poker HOF

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

Rast turns 40 subsequent week, so he will not be eligible for induction till subsequent yr. If he had been to have a vote this yr, nevertheless, he stated “there is not a clear-cut favourite.”

He did, nevertheless, say that after studying over the standards extra intently, “I feel I give a slight edge to Eli Elezra, however I feel him and (Mizrachi) are an in depth name.”

The current bracelet winner praised each gamers, however gave the slight edge to Elezra primarily based on his expertise taking part in within the highest stakes money video games, whereas Mizrachi is understood principally as a event crusher. Elezra has 4 WSOP bracelets to go together with his money recreation prowess. Mizrachi has 5 bracelets, three from the $50,000 Poker Gamers Championship, and two World Poker Tour titles.

As Rast made clear, each are deserving candidates, however just one can get on this yr. That is as a result of the WSOP modified the principles in 2020 to solely induct one particular person annually, and Rast has a robust opinion on that call.

“I feel that the rule might need made sense if they’d carried out it prior to now,” Rast stated. “In 5 to 10 years, all these nice gamers who’re of their 30s are going to be eligible. This rule hasn’t been an issue, however it is going to quickly.”

There are quite a few legendary gamers of their mid-30s proper now reminiscent of Tom Dwan, Shaun Deeb, and Justin Bonomo, simply to call a couple of. Rast is anxious many shall be omitted of the Corridor of Fame due to the one-player-per-year rule, a sentiment echoed by many within the trade.

Brian Rast
Brian Rast

5-Time Bracelet Winner Makes His Case for HOF

Subsequent yr, Rast will grow to be eligible for induction and will run into the same state of affairs. Anthony Zinno, who already received two WSOP bracelets this yr and is in competition for Participant of the 12 months, additionally turned 40 this yr. And there shall be 9 people from the 2021 nominee checklist who shall be eligible for nomination once more in 2022.

“Anthony Zinno is a good participant, so no offense to him,” Rast stated. “However I’ve performed within the greatest money video games.”

Rast is named one of many high high-stakes money recreation gamers, particularly in non-hold’em video games, however he additionally has fairly a powerful event resume. In 2015, he received the inaugural $500,000 buy-in Tremendous Excessive Curler Bowl for $7.5 million. On the WSOP, he is received 5 gold bracelets and he has over $22 million in lifetime reside event cashes.

Rast did not maintain again on his Corridor of Fame resume. Not solely does he passionately wish to get into the Poker HOF and refers to it as a “lifetime achievement award,” he believes he’ll be probably the most deserving subsequent yr.

“If folks vote pretty subsequent yr, I feel I’ll make it in,” he said.

With that stated, he acknowledged that he would not know if the present members of the HOF will vote for him in 2022. He stated he is assured Doyle Brunson would give him the nod. In any other case, he is not certain.

“The Corridor of Famers that play in Bobby’s Room (at Bellagio) know who the most effective money recreation gamers are,” Rast claimed.

Rast argued that his candidacy is stronger than others as a result of he is dominated within the highest-stakes money video games and in addition some main tournaments regardless of by no means being a real event grinder.

This fall, nevertheless, he is spending extra time specializing in the WSOP than in previous years, and there is a cause for that.

“I’ve made a lot in crypto that I do not even care in regards to the cash anymore,” he stated.

Rast is often extra centered on the juicy nosebleed video games within the Legends Room (beforehand Bobby’s Room) at Bellagio throughout the WSOP, however he stated, “the cash would not matter to me [right now].” Therefore, why he is chasing bracelets as a substitute of cash.

Poker Hall of Fame

Are A number of HOF Wings Wanted?

The Poker Corridor of Fame at the moment inducts each gamers and builders, however just one particular person between the 2 classes could make it in annually. That is one thing Rast vehemently disagrees with.

“They need to be separated,” Rast argued. “I feel individuals who don’t play ought to be stored separate from those that play.”

Matt Savage and Isai Scheinberg are each up for a vote this yr, however Rast would not vote for a builder over the gamers. He does, nevertheless, consider those that contribute to the expansion of the sport away from the felt should be acknowledged within the Corridor of Fame, simply not on the expense of those that play the sport for a dwelling.

The Main League Baseball Corridor of Fame, for instance, has a separate wing for broadcasters. Rast’s opinion is that the Poker Corridor of Fame ought to go down the identical route.

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