No one could stop Brian Rast last night, which is why the Berlin Bears earned a berth in the Global Poker League finals against the Montreal Nationals. Rast demonstrated his mental and physical toughness earlier this year when he won a prop bet against Bill Perkins and Dan Bilzerian by riding a bicycle from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. So playing poker inside the blue cube in Vegas was peanuts in comparison. The American poker pro was the secret weapon for the Berlin Bears. Rast destroyed his competition in the EurAsian Conference playoffs with a perfect 5-0 en route to leading his team to the overall GPL Finals. The Berlin Bears upset the top-ranked Moscow Wolverines to advance to the finals against the Montreal Nationals.
On Wednesday, the EurAsia Conference playoffs featured four teams vying for a spot in the finals. In the first match, the #4 seed London Royals lost 4-1 against the #1 seed Moscow Wolverines and it appeared that the Wolverines were on a fast track to the finals. However, the ran into a redhot Berlin Bears squad led by Papa Bear Brian Rast. The second ranked Berlin Bears came from behind to win their first-round match against the #3 Hong Kong Stars. The Bears jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but the Hong Kong Stars won the next two matches to tale a 2-1 edge. Then the Bears woke up from their hibernation, led by clutch wins by Brian Rast and Bill Perkins, and defeated the Hong Kong Stars by an overall score of 4-2.
In the conference finals, Moscow took an early 2-1 lead over Berlin, but they'd rally to even the score at 2-2. With the score tied 3-3 going into game 7, it came down to Brian Rast. At the time, he was an undefeated 4-0 in his heads-up matches, but he capped off Game 7 with another win to secure a spot in the finals for the Berlin Bears.
- Montreal Nationals: Mike McDonald, Pascal LeFrancois, Jason Lavaelle, Marc-Andre Ladouceur
- Berlin Bears: Sorel Mizzi, Brian Rast, Bill Perkins, and Jungleman (alternate)
The finals should be an awesome match up featuring the smoking-hot Berlin Bears versus the best regular season team. The Montreal Nationals are stacked with Mike McDonald, Pascal LeFrancois, Jason Lavaelle, and Marc-Andre Ladouceur. But the trio of Mizzi, Rast and Perkins wll be tough to beat. The GPL finals will kick off at 2pm PT or 5pm ET or 11pm CET. The action will be played live inside the cube at GPL HQs in Las Vegas. Stream the finals here…