2) Brian Hastings Makes Final Four in $10k Heads-Up
CardRunners instructor Brian “Stinger” Hastings has dominated cash games over the years (including that record-setting $4.2 million win against Isildur1) but has yet to win a WSOP bracelet.
That could change tomorrow as Hastings outlasted some stiff competition to make it into the final four of the $10k Heads-Up championship.
Hastings beat Tommy Vedes, Amritraj Singh and Jeffrey Gross today to secure his seat in Day 3. Meanwhile Vanessa Selbst, Andrew Robl, Chris Moore and Jeffrey Gross all hit the rail.
Tomorrow Hastings will have to get by Tommy Chen to play for a bracelet against the winner of the Jason Mo vs. Brock Parker match. First place will earn $371,498.
We’re live updating this tournament so be sure to check PokerListings tomorrow for up-to-the-minute news about the event.
1) “Yukon” Brad Booth Gets Real
Earlier this week Doug “WCGRider” Polk unleashed a bombshell on the 2+2 poker forum that he loaned $28,000 to TV pro “Yukon” Brad Booth and never got it back.
Today Booth released his answer to Polk, and the poker community at large, in a YouTube video where he admitted to stealing from Polk and gambling the cash away.
He apologizes to everyone involved and says that he is giving up gambling and alcohol and will do whatever he can to make things right.
Read into the following what you will but if Booth is being disingenuous, he’s one hell of an actor.
The video is bleak as hell, depressing and shows the realities of gambling addiction. Proceed at your own risk:
About Arthur Crowson
Arthur has been involved
exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker
where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a
then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the
Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for
PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments,
interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.
Anyone else dissappointed he didn't say a cool million instead of 500 thousand?
roy jones jr jr 2012-06-07 12:59:21
gl yukon don't steal anymore
tenaciousG 2012-06-07 12:58:03
Hate to say it but why should we feel any sympathy for a degenerate gambler who stole from dozens of people? How is this any different than Erik Lindgren or Howard Lederer? Because he feels bad about it? Tough shit. Be an adult and quit gambling.
bnizzle 2012-06-07 12:56:28
I suggest you report on the cash games a bit more.
Hank 2012-06-07 12:54:56
Wow, that's a difficult video to watch. Not a surprise to see it's the pits rather than the poker that brings you down. My heart goes out to Mr. Booth. Best of luck in your recovery.
D0nk3yK1ll3r 2012-06-07 07:49:21
It's not what is said, it's what is actually done. If he follows thru, then that is great!
Tulip 2012-06-07 05:22:28
At least he has the courage to accept responibility for his actions and to aploligise. Thats more than certain individials have done.
*cough* Lederar *cough* Duke/Pollock.
Geoff 2012-06-07 03:45:27
Massive respect to Yukon brad, big balls and a big heart - good luck at wsop
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