Brian Hastings may not have made anyone's face light up in recognition when you talked to poker players that play live in a casino but to the online poker world he's one of the pros that sits at the top and keep those trying to move up humble.
Hastings is known to buy into games in dollar amounts that would pay off most people's mortgage and it's reported that he's won at least one pot over $1,000,000 online. Hastings still plays online; he plays from his "office" in Vancouver, BC (Canada) and the Bahamas - recently purchasing a home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to jump off the grid whenever he wants.
Originally from Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, Hastings hit Sin City and got into the thick of the $10,000 buy-in Heads-up No-Limit Hold'em World Championship along with 151 others. They built a prize pool of $1,428,800 with 32 places getting paid and $371,498 reserved for first place.
Hastings played his final match against Jason Mo and the final hand came down to Hastings shoving on the button with and Mo calling all-in with out of the big blind. The board ran out and Mo was eliminated in second place with a payday of $229,722.
Brian Hastings won his first WSOP gold and $371,498 and stepped into the limelight where he'll be as quickly recognized in live tournament action as he is in online poker. Congratulations Brian!
Brian talks to Pokernews.com's Sarah Grant
Brian sent out an SOS on Twitter:
brianchastings Brian Hastings
Can't get my WSOP bracelet off my wrist, anyone know how? #firstworldproblems #nonhumblebrag #butseriouslytho 2012-06-09
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