Hastings Secures First Major Tournament Victory


Brian Hastings, whose reputation has been compiled through a variety of high-profiled heads-up online battles, has now earned even more respect by finally checking off the task of winning a major live tournament title.

Hastings, who regularly plays under the alias of “$tinger88” and previously “Stinger885,” recently took down the World Poker Tour Regional Summer Splash $2,200 Main Event for $213,887. Before his WPT win, the online poker pro only managed to accumulate a meager €46,200 ($68,571) in live tournament earnings. His latest accomplishment now brings his career winnings to over $282,000.

His earlier tournament victory, which occurred in the €5,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em event at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid, Spain, happened just earlier this year. Hastings’ live poker participation has grown substantially, along with many other online poker specialists, and not just in the tournament arena. Because of the unfortunate events of Black Friday, more U.S. players than ever have been taking their shots in both live cash games and tournaments around the globe.

Although many long-time pros have expressed their concerns over extended profitability in the high-stakes live games, it’s debatable whether or not Hastings’ increased live activity is even necessary. However, setting aside his long online poker resume, the veteran can’t complain about stumbling upon live success as quickly as he has.

“I won!!!!,” stated Hastings in a recent Twitter post. “213k plus TWO trophies, thanks for all the support everyone!”

More obviously known for his cash game prowess, Hastings is practically famous for taking over $4 million dollars from the popular Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, before Isildur’s identity was revealed. Still one of the biggest winning sessions ever recorded online, the Cardrunners pro recently relocated to Canada to once regain his dominance in the online world. Despite finally moving to Vancouver just a few days ago, roommate discrepancies, border stops, and other inconveniences previously delayed Hastings for quite some time.

“Finally settled in Vancouver. Customs was rough but I didn’t get junglemanned! Gonna crash, big day tomorrow.”

Hastings will be more active now that he’s in Canada, and a bunch of new profitable opportunities should arise since he’ll have the ability to play on PokerStars, a big name online participator, along with several other international poker havens.

In the WPT Regional Summer Splash, Hastings defeated 380 other players, which included familar names Jason Mercier and Bryan Campanello. This event took place at the Hard Rock Casino in Seminole, Florida. A $782,000 prize pool was generated, with the final nine players all receiving at least five-figure paydays.

After play settled down to two players, it was a Florida native, Griffin Malatino, whom Hastings defeated to bring home the title. For his outstanding efforts, Malatino brought home $117,300.

Similar in scope to the World Series of Poker’s Circuit events, the WPT Regional stops are heating up in popularity as the big names in poker make their way down for action. Despite not being shown on national television broadcasts, fans and players should take a look at the future schedule for detailed information on when these events happen, so they may test their luck as well.

In the meantime, we’ll be in the midst of the action bringing you the latest reports on everything with the WPT.

The final table results for the WPT Regional Summer Splash $2,200 Main Event go as follows:

  1. Brian Hastings: $213,877
  2. Griffin Malatino: $117,300
  3. Michael Degilio: $78,200
  4. Darryl Fish: $55,522
  5. Jake Schwartz: $41,446
  6. Anthony Ruberto: $32,844
  7. Cong Pham: $24,633
  8. Martha Dajer-Rodriguez: $18,377
  9. Bryan Campanello: $13,294

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