Brian Hastings has joined one of the most elite groups in poker: players to have won six or more bracelets at the World Series of Poker. What is perhaps most incredible is the fact that Hastings has managed to achieve this milestone at the age of 33. The Florida-based poker pro emerged victorious in the 2022 WSOP $10,000 deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball event to become a six-time champion at the series. He is just the 17th player in poker history to have won as many bracelets.
“I really love the World Series every year. It’s a lot of fun just trying to compete in all these events against great players; it’s an honor to be in that kind of company,” Hastings told WSOP reporters after securing the title to join the short list (spelled out below) of players with six or more wins.
|Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan||10|
|Erik Seidel, Johnny Moss||9|
|Men Nguyen, Billy Baxter||7|
|Brian Hastings, Daniel Negreanu, Ted Forrest, Layne Flack, T.J Cloutier, Chris Ferguson, John Hennigan, Jeff Lisandro, Jay Heimowitz||6|
Four of Hastings’ six bracelet wins have come at the $10,000 buy-in championship event level. He kicked off his spree of ‘championships’ by taking the 2012 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship for his first overall bracelet. His second came in the 2015 seven-card stud championship. Last fall he won the 2021 stud eight-or-better championship, and this year he secured his fourth victory in yet another game: triple draw deuce-to-seven lowball.
Hastings’ two non-championship wins saw him take down the $1,500 10-game mix in 2015 and the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. in 2018.
For this latest win he overcame a field of 118 entries to win $292,146. He now has more than $4.8 million in career tournament earnings, with more than $3 million coming for scores at the WSOP. Hastings took to social media to share picture of his latest fist-place payout card after coming out on top.
— Brian Hastings (@brianchastings) June 17, 2022
Some big names joined Hastings in making deep runs in this event, including four-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi (12th – $20,172), bracelet winner Andrew Kelsall (9th – $31,552) and 16-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (8th – $31,552).
With Hellmuth’s elimination, the remaining seven players converged on the final table with Eric Wasserson in the lead and Hastings in third chip position. Hastings earned the first knockout, making an 8-7-5 low to best the 8-7-6 of two-time bracelet winner Yuval Bronshtein (7th – $40,494)
Jordan Seigel was the next to fall. Two-time bracelet winner Dan Zack made a 9-8-7-5-2 after the second draw. Siegel, who called all in and drew two on the last pull, was dealt a pair of threes on the end to finish sixth ($52,854).
Five-handed play continued for more than three-and-a-half hours. Two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson ran into not one but two players who held the nuts. Hastings and Wasserson chopped the pot with the wheel (7-5-4-3-2) while Johnson, who got the last of his short stack in before the first draw, was only able to produce an A-7 low. He earned $70,139 as the fifth-place finisher.
Like Hastings, Shaun Deeb came into this eyar’s WSOP as a five-time bracelet winner. His quest for number six continues, though, as his run in this tournament came to an end in fourth place. Deeb got all-in before the final draw and discarded one, keeping 5-4-3-2. Hastings stood pat with 9-7-6-5-4. Deeb drew up a king to hit the rail with $94,606 while Hastings began to run away with the lead.
Zack soon followed Deeb to the rail. He made a 9-8 low that was beat by Wasserson’s 9-7. The recent $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better championship winner earned 4129,670 as the third-place finisher, while Wasserson chipped up a bit heading into heads-up.
Hastings still held roughly a 2.5:1 chip lead to start despite Wassserson’s elimination of Zack. The two battled for more than an hour and a half. Hastings pulled away a few times, but Wasserson was able to battle back in contention. Eventually, Hastings got out to more than an 8:1 lead in what turned out to be his decisive push toward victory.
In the final hand, Hasting raised from the button and Wasserson before taking three. Hastings took two and bet when checked to. Wasserson called and both players drew one. Wasserson bet and Hastings called. Wasserson stood pat on the final draw and Hastings discarded one. Wasserson bet and was all-in. Hastings quickly called and revealed an 8-6-5-4-2. Wasserson mucked to send the pot and the title to Hastings. Wasserson earned $180,559 as the runner-up, increasing his career tournament earnings to more than $1.6 million.
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:
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Winner photo credit: WSOP / Rachel Kay Miller.
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