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No More Bracelet Bets for Brian Hastings: “I Wouldn't Do it Again”
Even though Brian Hastings won hundreds of thousands of dollars on bracelet bets at last year's WSOP, he says he won't be taking big risks like that again.
Hastings told PokerListings at the beginning of the 2015 World Series of Poker that he had bets in the “low to mid six figures” on winning a bracelet.
By the end of the summer Hastings had won two bracelets, cashed seven times and racked up over $874,000 in winnings.
And that's not counting the bracelet bets.
Looking back on those bets, though, Hastings thinks they could have easily cost him big.
“I think I played quite well last summer but the amount of risk I was taking on, things still could have really easily gone badly.
“At the time I just had so much raw confidence I didn't think it was going to happen.
“But I think it was a bit overly risky so I wouldn't do it again.”
Hastings already has two cashes at the 2016 WSOP and he says he's in a much different place than he was after last summer.
“It was a little bit weird actually,” Hastings said about his success last year.
“I think it just gave me too much confidence. I kind of thought that any idea I had was great. I got a little too reckless with decision-making and trusting my instincts too much.”
Top of the list of questionable decisions? Snap-moving to Philadelphia.
“There were some merits to moving there but a lot of my reasons weren't very well thought out,” said Hastings.
“Also just the way I was investing and spending.
"I kind of thought after the summer that I didn't have to worry about money anymore.”
Making Up for Mistakes = Motivation
In addition to becoming over-confident, Hastings says he also let his poker work ethic lapse following last year's WSOP.
“I kind of got to a point where I got complacent with my game. I wasn't playing enough and was focused on other stuff,” he said.
“But I think that part has turned around. I think I realized how much hard work it takes to stay on top of your game now.
“Over the last few months I've been focusing pretty hard on getting my game back where it needs to be.
"So that part's coming back but I'm still regretting some of the decisions I was making at the time."
This year with no bracelet bets pushing him, Hastings says he's looking elsewhere for motivation.
“I still feel like there's plenty of motivation. It's just coming from a different place,” said Hastings.
“Last summer I felt the need to have so much extra riding on it but right now I just want to do well to try and make up for some of the mistakes I was making and get back to where I want to be.”