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A total of four bracelets were awarded at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) on Tuesday, and Brian Hastings won one of them! Starting out as the shortest stack among four finalists returning on Day 4 of Event #73: $10K Stud Hi-Lo Championship, Hastings spun up in contention and defeated Ian Ó’ Hara heads-up to win $352,958. Hastings entered the ”five bracelet club” with the win, becoming the 29th player in the WSOP history to own as many.
“I feel great. It’s hard to have it even sink in. 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,” Hastings was later quoted saying.
He had won his first bracelet in 2012 and added two more in 2015. Hastings bagged his fourth bracelet in Event #76: $3,000 HORSE in 2018. The fifth bracelet victory has pushed Hastings past the $4 Million mark in live tournament winnings.
The 33-year-old poker prop was recently blessed with a child! “I didn’t know the exact number, but I knew it wasn’t that many,” Hastings said when presented with the stats of five bracelet winners. “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.”
Denis Strebkov was another bracelet winner on Tuesday. The Russian overcame a 212-entry field in Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix to collect his second WSOP bracelet and $117,898 in prize money. He entered the event`s final day with a commanding chip lead and went wire-to-wire to collect the bracelet.
“I like the mixed format because I play a lot of games. I play a lot of mixed. I don’t like to play hold’em, but I like some other games where you can play a lot of hands and have more fun.”
Strebkov had won his career-first bracelet in Event #87: $3K HORSE at the 2019 WSOP.
Event #73: $10K Stud Hi-Lo Championship – Day 4
Four finalists from a starting field of 144 entries came back on Day 4 in Event #73: $10K Stud Hi-Lo Championship. The three-day event was extended by an additional day, given the slow pace of eliminations on Day 3.
Gary Benson (8th for $36,821), Erik Seidel (7th for $46,140), John Monnette (6th for $59,545), and Marco Johnson (5th for $79,073) were the last few players to fall on Day 3 (Monday).
Scott Seiver and Yuval Bronshtein were the first two players to hit the rail on Day 4.
The final showdown took place between Brian Hastings and Ian O’ Hara. The latter was slightly ahead at the start of the heads-up, but Hastings quickly evened things out, eventually denying O’ Hara a career-first bracelet. With this win, Hastings has become a five-time WSOP bracelet winner.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Brian Hastings – $352,958
2. Ian O’Hara – $218,144
3. Yuval Bronshtein – $151,460
4. Scott Seiver – $107,967
5. Marco Johnson – $79,073
6. John Monnette – $59,545
7. Erik Seidel – $46,140
8. Gary Benson – $36,821
Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix – Day 3
On Tuesday, 14 players from a 212-strong field returned to action in Event #74: $2,500 Big Bet Mix. Russia’s Denis Strebkov was the start of the day chip leader, and he carried his momentum to the finish line.
Anthony Ribeiro (8th for $9,704), Scott Bohlman (9th for $9,704), Jon Turner (10th for $7,617), Amnon Filippi (13th for $6,153), and Noah Boeken (14th for $6,153) fell short of the seven-handed final table.
Strebkov eliminated three players on the final table, Patrik Ciklamini in sixth place and Pearce Arnold in third place, before getting past Jerry Wong in the heads-up play.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Denis Strebkov – $117,898
2. Jerry Wong – $72,868
3. Pearce Arnold – $48,864
4. Richard Bai – $33,583
5. Shanmukha Meruga – $23,670
6. Patrik Ciklamini – $17,119
7. Hooman Nizad – $12,715
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