Brian Hastings Wins WSOP $10K Heads-UpJune 8, 2012 1:24 pm
US pros Brian Hastings has captured his first WSOP bracelet after taking down the $10k Heads-Up NL event for a $371,498 payday.
The 23 year-old’s already impressive poker resume includes his legendary 2009 heads-up match against Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in which he won a staggering $4 million over a five hour cash session. The CardRunners coach now adds a prestigious WSOP bracelet to his already successful poker career, and commenting later on his remarkable victory, said:
“I mean, my biggest days online are a bit bigger than this, but this is still no joke. It’s one of the bigger winning days I’ve had in my life. It feels great. I think the bracelet means more than the money to me honestly.”
After being given a first round bye, Hastings had to win his next seven matches in order to take down the $10k Heads-Up Event. His list of victims along the way included Jim Rumptz, Emil Patel, Tommy Vedes, Amritraj Singh, Jeffrey Gross, Tommy Chen and Jason Mo in the final.
The start of the final match saw Hastings get off to a good start, at one stage having his overbet payed off holding K-4 on a king-high board by Mo’s second pair. The match then lasted around 90 minutes at the end of which Hastings also had both rebuy lammers remaining. Commenting later on the match, Hastings said:
“(Mo) was tough. He was one of the toughest opponents I played for sure. I thought he played a good game, if anything I’d say he’s stronger deeper than he is shorter. I don’t think he did anything badly shorter, but you could just tell it was not his thing and he doesn’t play it very much.”
Congratulations to Brian Hastings on his WSOP victory, and also on moving up to top spot on the WSOP Player of the Year race on 292.5 points.
The final 8 payouts were as follows:
1 Brian Hastings $371,498
2 Jason Mo $229,722
3 Brock Parker $130,606
4 Tommy Chen $130,606
5 Chris Moore $56,380
6 Jeffrey Gross $56,380
7 Andrew Robl $56,380
8 Michael Drummond $56,380