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Brian Hastings Books Six-Figure Prop Bets vs. Top Pros at WSOP
Yesterday high-stakes poker pro Brian Hastings booked WSOP side bets reaching the mid-six figures against a long list of the best poker players in the world.
Hastings tweeted out a challenge, offering even money on himself against anyone and proposed using Daniel Negreanu's $25k Fantasy Draft points system to decide who performs better over the course of the 2015 World Series of Poker.
In just a few hours Hastings had booked all the action he was comfortable taking.
“I've gotten a good amount of action,” Hastings told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas. “Let's call it low-to-mid six figures.”
Hastings won a WSOP bracelet in 2012 and has racked up over $1.4 million in live tournament earnings since he started playing in 2008.
He's best known, however, for crushing high-stakes cash games online where he once beat the legendary Viktor “Isildur1” Blom for $4 million in a single day.
“You know, I'm just coming into this summer feeling really confident,” said Hastings.
“I feel like I have an edge in every bet I'm making. There might be some that are even-money-ish but I think for the most part I'm getting it in good.
“I'm at a really good place in my life and I'm playing my A-game every day and I think it's going to be really hard for others to match that.”
Hastings Against the World
Hastings rattled off a long list of the people with whom he's booked bets.
The group includes David “Doc” Sands, Dan Smith, Tony Gregg, Jason Mercier, Connor Drinan, Pratyush Buddiga, Andrew Lichtenberger, Jason Koon, Jason Mo, Jake Schindler, John Racener and Josh Arieh.
Few people willingly make bad bets but Hastings feels strongly that he's getting his money in good this summer in Las Vegas.
He explained that in some cases he's laid odds, laid points in the scoring system or restricted the bets to only include events that both bettors are playing in.
He also added that some of the names on that list are putting up the money to back another player's performance against Hastings.
“I think the spirit of the bets is, I'm betting on myself to be at a skill level that they don't think I'm at,” said Hastings.
“It's no disrespect to anyone I'm betting against. There are some great players on the list but I just think I'm on their level or better in most cases.”
Hastings says he's particularly looking forward to the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and all the big buy-in PLO events.
“I have a great girlfriend who I've been with for about five months now and she's had a really positive impact on my life so that's a big one,” he said.
“Otherwise, poker's going well and I've been crushing the daily fantasy sports so I've had a bit of unexpected income from that so I just decided to let it ride on the series.”
Stay tuned to PokerListings all WSOP to see how Brian Hastings fares.