Brian Rast has a knack for building a big stack early in tournaments and he is well on his way to doing the same today.
After a player in early position limped, Rast raised to 400 from middle position. The player on the button called, but the player in the small blind had other ideas and re-raised to 1,675. The player in the big blind called, the original limper folded, Rast called, and the player on the button called.
Got all that? Good.
The flop came down and the blinds checked it over to Rast. He bet 2,700, chasing out all opponents except for the player on the button. The hit the turn and Rast check-called 3,350 from his opponent. Both players opted to check the river.
"Ace-jack," said Rast.
"You win," replied his opponent.
Rast tabled his for top pair to win the pot.