2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #73: 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Days:
1234

Event Info

Buy-in $10,000
Prize Pool $1,342,800
Players 144

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 0 / 0
Ante 0

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1
Entries 4
Event #73: 10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
Day 4 completed

Brian Hastings Wins $10K Stud Hi-Lo Championship; Becomes 29th Player to Claim Five Bracelets ($352,958)

Chad_Holloway • Level 26
Brian Hastings
Brian Hastings

The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship attracted 144 players, and after four days of split-pot action, Brian Hastings emerged victorious to claim the $352,958 first-place prize and his fifth career gold bracelet.

“I feel great. It’s hard to have it even sink in,” Hastings said after his victory. “I was just so focused on playing. I came into Day 4 fourth out of four, so I really wasn’t expecting it, but I’m really happy with how I played, happy with how I ran, and excited about it.”

By doing so, Hastings became just the 29th player in the WSOP’s more than five-decade history to win five bracelets. He joins the likes of Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Brian Rast, Shaun Deeb, Scotty Nguyen, Stu Ungar, and more in the five-time bracelet club.

“I didn’t know the exact number, but I knew it wasn’t that many,” Hastings said when presented with the stat. “It definitely matters to me. I think it’s cool to compete on that level. There are some great players on the list of those with a bunch of bracelets. It’s certainly a goal of mine and I’m happy to be in that company.”

Hastings won his first bracelet back in 2012 in Event #12: $10,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship for $371,498. In 2015, he nabbed two more taking down Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $239,518 and Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix for $133,403, and in 2018 he prevailed in Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $233,202. The latest win moved Hastings past the $4-million mark in lifetime tournament earnings.

It’s already been an impressive career for the 33-year-old married man and new father, and he’s still seven years away from even being eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame.

“I’m young enough that I haven’t thought about it too much but I think it’s a really cool thing,” he told PokerNews when asked about legacy. “It would be a huge honor and definitely something that would be really cool to me.”

2021 WSOP Event #73 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Brian HastingsUnited States$352,958
2Ian O’HaraUnited States$218,144
3Yuval BronshteinIsrael$151,460
4Scott SeiverUnited States$107,967
5Marco JohnsonUnited States$79,073
6John MonnetteUnited States$59,545
7Erik SeidelUnited States$46,140
8Gary BensonAustralia$36,821

Others to cash the tournament were current 2021 WSOP Player of the Year leader Josh Arieh (9th - $30,290), Shaun Deeb (13th - $22,536), Esther Taylor (15th - $20,426), Adam Owen (19th - $17,872), and Eli Elezra (22nd - $16,340).

Final Table Action

The final table was a stacked affair with 23 bracelets represented between the final eight players. Half of those fell in late on Day 3 including Gary Benson (8th - $36,821), Erik Seidel (7th - $46,140), John Monnette (6th - $59,545), and Marco Johnson (5th - $79,073).

The tournament was originally scheduled as a three-day event, but an extended fourth day was needed to accommodate the final four players. On Tuesday, a quartet of well-established poker pros returned to battle it out, each jostling with similar stacks during the first level of the day.

Upon returning from the first break, Scott Seiver found himself stuck in reverse before finally bowing out in fourth place when he missed a low draw against Ian O’Hara’s made flush. Not long after, the start-of-day chip leader Yuval Bronshtein saw his quest for a third bracelet come to an end when he was dispatched by O’Hara in third place.

O’Hara took a slight chip lead into heads-up play against Hastings, but the latter drew first blood to even things out. Eventually, Hastings picked up some momentum and slowly chipped away at his opponent. O’Hara, who was seeking his first career bracelet, staved off elimination for a while, but eventually, he missed a low against Hasting’s sixth-street flush to fall in second place.

Hastings concluded: “It’s been a long time for this for me. I think I started playing mixed games in 2008 or 2009. At the time I was playing the big no-limit and PLO games and I saw some of the players I was playing with doing the mixed games. I thought it looked interesting and started to learn that. It’s kind of snowballed from there.”

Congratulations to Brian Hastings, winner of the 2021 WSOP Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship!

Brian Hastings
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Ian O'Hara Eliminated in 2nd Place ($218,144)

Chad_Holloway • Level 26
Ian O'Hara
Ian O'Hara

Brian Hastings: {9-Spades}{2-Spades} / {6-Hearts}{4-Spades}{3-Spades}{10-Spades} / {10-Hearts}
Ian O'Hara: {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} / {4-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} / {a-Clubs}

Ian O'Hara brought it in and called when Brian Hastings completed. Both players checked on fourth and then Hastings bet fifth.

O'Hara called and then checked on sixth after pairing. Hastings bet 240,000, O'Hara raised all in for 260,000 total, and Hastings called.

Hastings showed a flush and that left O'Hara looking to make a low just to survive. That didn't happen though as he paired his ace on seventh.

Stay tuned for a full tournament recap.

Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 8,640,000 900,000
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us Busted

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O'Hara Claws Back With Scoop

• Level 26

Ian O'Hara: {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{a-Spades}{10-Clubs}/{2-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}
Brian Hastings: {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{a-Clubs}/{8-Clubs}{10-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}

Ian O'Hara completed, Brian Hastings made it a two-bet and O'Hara committed the rest of his chips and the cards were turned over. The run out gave O'Hara trip aces to scoop the entire pot and give him a double up.

Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 7,740,000 -500,000
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us 900,000 500,000

Hastings Leaves O'Hara with Crumbs

Chad_Holloway • Level 26

Brian Hastings: {7-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs} / {7-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Ian O'Hara: {x-}{x-} / {6-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} / {x-}

Ian O'Hara brought it in and Brian Hastings completed. The former made it two bets and the latter called.

Hastings check-called bets on both fourth and fifth before betting on sixth. O'Hara called and then faced another bet from Hastings on seventh.

O'Hara thought for over a minute before calling only to muck when Hastings showed trip sevens.

Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 8,240,000 1,200,000
Ian O'Hara us
Ian O'Hara
us 400,000 -1,200,000

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Hastings Pips O'Hara

Chad_Holloway • Level 26

Brian Hastings: {q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{9-Spades} / {9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
Ian O'Hara: {x-}{x-} / {8-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{3-Hearts} / {x-}

Ian O'Hara brought it in and then called when Brian Hastings completed. The latter check-called a bet on fourth and then called a bet on fifth after O'Hara paired eights.

Hastings called another bet on sixth before action went check-check on seventh.

"Stamps," O'Hara said indicating he just had the pair of eights showing. It was no good as Hastings tabled a nine for a slightly bigger pair.

Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 6,140,000 590,000
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Ian O'Hara
us 2,500,000 -590,000

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Back and Forth

KaleGozer • Level 26
Ian O'Hara
Ian O'Hara

Brian Hastings: {x-}{x-} / {a-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{7-Spades} / {x-}
Ian O'Hara: {x-}{x-} / {q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{9-Spades}{4-Hearts} / {x-}

Previously, Brian Hastings won a pot off Ian O'Hara by scooping with a flush and eighty-six to leave the latter with about 1.6M in chips.

O'Hara won all of those chips back shortly in a hand that started off by him bringing it in with a queen. Hastings completed the ace before both players checked fourth street.

Hastings bet fifth street, O'Hara then bet sixth street after getting the betting lead with an open pair. On the river, O'Hara bet, Hastings raised, O'Hara put in three bets, and Hastings reluctantly called it off.

O'Hara rolled over {q-Spades}{6-Spades}{4-Diamonds} for fours full, Hastings acknowledged the winner and mucked.

Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 5,550,000 -150,000
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Ian O'Hara
us 3,090,000 90,000

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Hastings Takes from O'Hara

Chad_Holloway • Level 26

Brian Hastings: {8-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{7-Hearts} / {8-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}
Ian O'Hara: {x-}{x-} / {10-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{3-Spades} / {x-}

Brian Hastings brought it in by completing and Ian O'Hara called. The latter bet on fourth, Hastings called, and then action went check-check on fifth.

Hastings bet on sixth, O'Hara called, and then both players returned to checking on seventh. Hastings showed two pair and it was good as O'Hara mucked.

Brian Hastings us
Brian Hastings
us 5,700,000 465,000
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Ian O'Hara
us 3,000,000 -405,000

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