While almost all poker players around the world dream of clinching a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, there are only a small percentage of players who have made this dream come true. Even among those who have won a bracelet, there are still fewer who have managed to repeat their success. American poker player, Brian Hastings is one such player.
Hastings started his poker journey back in 2006 and has been active on the live as well as online. He was encouraged to pick up the card game by his mathematics teacher and played through his years in college. While this pro’s poker career is not as lengthy as other top players.
Over the years, he has managed to score a whopping $4,468,799 in total live earnings according to Hendon Mob which puts him 327th on the all-time money list. While this shows the 33-year-old’s success in the game, an even bigger indicator of success are his five WSOP gold bracelets. Hastings clinched his first WSOP bracelet in the 2012 WSOP when he shipped the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em for $371,498 which is his best live cash to date.
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His second and third WSOP bracelets came in 2015 when he shipped the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $239,518 and the $1,500 Ten-Game Mix for $133,403. After a two-year gap, Hastings came back to clinch his fourth bracelet in the 2018 WSOP where he played and won the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E event for $233,202. He then repeated his victory for a fifth time in the 2021 WSOP where he emerged victorious in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship event and walked away with $352,958 and his fifth WSOP bracelet.
All the stats in this article are updated as of 29th March 2022!
While Hastings’ achievements on the live felts are incredible, this article wouldn’t be complete if we did not mention his most famous online poker game against Viktor Blom aka ‘Isildur1.’ Back in December 2009, Hastings won a whopping $4.2 million in a single session from playing against online poker legend Viktor Blom. The rivalry between the two players did not stop there because in the following year he won another $1.5 million against Blom in 2010.
Hastings also appeared in season 7, week 5 of the hit poker show Poker After Dark. This was also notably the first Pot-Limit Omaha cash session in the show’s history. The group included Phil Galfond, Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Patrik Antonius. Before his live poker success, Hastings was mostly an online grinder but he completed his transition to the live felts when he won the $2,200 buy-in WPT Regional Summer Splash Event #12 where he added $213,877 to his bankroll.
It’s safe to say that Hastings is not quite done with poker. This just means we can look forward to seeing the man in action on the live felts of the upcoming WSOP events. For more news and updates, keep reading Gutshot Magazine. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Telegram.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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