In 2009, Brian Hastings was on everyone's lips after taking Viktor "Isildur1" Blom for $4.18 million in one single session on Full Tilt's nosebleed tables. (He won a futher $1.5 million in a later session against the legendary Swede).
Hastings, 26, is not only a successful high-stakes player online but also a great live tournament player. When it comes to the World Series of Poker, he took down his first event in 2012, the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em event for $371,498.
On Saturday, after besting a field of 91 players in Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, he picked up his second gold bracelet! He defeated two-time gold bracelet winner Scott Clements in heads-up play. Also worth mentioning is that it was Clements' second final table appearance of this series, after finishing in 4th place in the $10k Omaha High-Low Split event last week.
"I felt really good coming into this year's series," he said. I came in with some high expectations. I thought I was in a very good place, with my girlfriend here with me and really on top of my A-game."
"The $50K Poker Players Championship - that's my next goal," Hastings added.
Name: Brian Hastings
Birthplace: Luzerne County, PA (USA)
Current Residence: Hanover Township, PA (USA)
Marital Status: Single
Profession: Professional Poker Player
Number of WSOP Cashes: 14
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 7
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories: 2
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 1st (2012)
Total WSOP Earnings: $1,139,276
Personal Facts: Before he played live tournaments, Hastings was already one of the world's top online poker players with millions in earnings
[Note: All statistics above include the results of this tournament]