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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, November 13, 2021 to Monday, November 15, 2021

Event #73: Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,342,800
  • Entries: 144
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:33 PM Local Time
Brian Hastings Wins $10K Stud Hi-Lo Championship; Becomes 29th Player to Claim Five Bracelets ($352,958)

Brian Hastings

The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship attracted 144 players, and after four days of split-pot action, Brian Hastings emerged victorious to claim the $352,958 first-place prize and his fifth career gold bracelet.

"I feel great. It's hard to have it even sink in," Hastings said after his victory. "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."

By doing so, Hastings became just the 29th player in the WSOP's more than five-decade history to win five bracelets. He joins the likes of Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Brian Rast, Shaun Deeb, Scotty Nguyen, Stu Ungar, and more in the five-time bracelet club.

"I didn't know the exact number, but I knew it wasn't that many," Hastings said when presented with the stat. "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."

Hastings won his first bracelet back in 2012 in Event #12: $10,000 Heads-Up NLH Championship for $371,498. In 2015, he nabbed two more taking down Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $239,518 and Event #39: $1,500 10-Game Mix for $133,403, and in 2018 he prevailed in Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $233,202. The latest win moved Hastings past the $4-million mark in lifetime tournament earnings.

It's already been an impressive career for the 33-year-old married man and new father, and he's still seven years away from even being eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame.

"I'm young enough that I haven't thought about it too much but I think it's a really cool thing," he told PokerNews when asked about legacy. "It would be a huge honor and definitely something that would be really cool to me."

2021 WSOP Event #73 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Brian HastingsUnited States$352,958
2Ian O'HaraUnited States$218,144
3Yuval BronshteinIsrael$151,460
4Scott SeiverUnited States$107,967
5Marco JohnsonUnited States$79,073
6John MonnetteUnited States$59,545
7Erik SeidelUnited States$46,140
8Gary BensonAustralia$36,821

Others to cash the tournament were current 2021 WSOP Player of the Year leader Josh Arieh (9th - $30,290), Shaun Deeb (13th - $22,536), Esther Taylor (15th - $20,426), Adam Owen (19th - $17,872), and Eli Elezra (22nd - $16,340).

Final Table Action

The final table was a stacked affair with 23 bracelets represented between the final eight players. Half of those fell in late on Day 3 including Gary Benson (8th - $36,821), Erik Seidel (7th - $46,140), John Monnette (6th - $59,545), and Marco Johnson (5th - $79,073).

The tournament was originally scheduled as a three-day event, but an extended fourth day was needed to accommodate the final four players. On Tuesday, a quartet of well-established poker pros returned to battle it out, each jostling with similar stacks during the first level of the day.

Upon returning from the first break, Scott Seiver found himself stuck in reverse before finally bowing out in fourth place when he missed a low draw against Ian O'Hara's made flush. Not long after, the start-of-day chip leader Yuval Bronshtein saw his quest for a third bracelet come to an end when he was dispatched by O'Hara in third place.

O'Hara took a slight chip lead into heads-up play against Hastings, but the latter drew first blood to even things out. Eventually, Hastings picked up some momentum and slowly chipped away at his opponent. O'Hara, who was seeking his first career bracelet, staved off elimination for a while, but eventually, he missed a low against Hasting's sixth-street flush to fall in second place.

Hastings concluded: "It's been a long time for this for me. I think I started playing mixed games in 2008 or 2009. At the time I was playing the big no-limit and PLO games and I saw some of the players I was playing with doing the mixed games. I thought it looked interesting and started to learn that. It's kind of snowballed from there."

Congratulations to Brian Hastings, winner of the 2021 WSOP Event #73: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship!

Brian Hastings
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:36 PM Local Time
Ian O'Hara Eliminated in 2nd Place ($218,144)

Ian O'Hara

Brian Hastings:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Ian O'Hara brought it in and called when Brian Hastings completed. Both players checked on fourth and then Hastings bet fifth.

O'Hara called and then checked on sixth after pairing. Hastings bet 240,000, O'Hara raised all in for 260,000 total, and Hastings called.

Hastings showed a flush and that left O'Hara looking to make a low just to survive. That didn't happen though as he paired his ace on seventh.

Stay tuned for a full tournament recap.

Brian Hastings8,640,000900,000
Ian O'Hara0-900,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:28 PM Local Time
O'Hara Claws Back With Scoop

Ian O'Hara:     /   
Brian Hastings:     /    

Ian O'Hara completed, Brian Hastings made it a two-bet and O'Hara committed the rest of his chips and the cards were turned over. The run out gave O'Hara trip aces to scoop the entire pot and give him a double up.

Brian Hastings7,740,000-500,000
Ian O'Hara900,000500,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:22 PM Local Time
Hastings Leaves O'Hara with Crumbs

Brian Hastings:      /    
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Ian O'Hara brought it in and Brian Hastings completed. The former made it two bets and the latter called.

Hastings check-called bets on both fourth and fifth before betting on sixth. O'Hara called and then faced another bet from Hastings on seventh.

O'Hara thought for over a minute before calling only to muck when Hastings showed trip sevens.

Brian Hastings8,240,0001,200,000
Ian O'Hara400,000-1,200,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:16 PM Local Time
Hastings Pushes Ahead, Scoops O'Hara

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Ian O'Hara brought it in and Brian Hastings completed. Hastings bet it all the way and O'Hara called him down.

"Aces up and a seven-six", Hastings announced as he rolled over    . O'Hara simply shook his head and mucked.

Brian Hastings7,040,000900,000
Ian O'Hara1,600,000-900,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:09 PM Local Time
Hastings Pips O'Hara

Brian Hastings:      /    
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Ian O'Hara brought it in and then called when Brian Hastings completed. The latter check-called a bet on fourth and then called a bet on fifth after O'Hara paired eights.

Hastings called another bet on sixth before action went check-check on seventh.

"Stamps," O'Hara said indicating he just had the pair of eights showing. It was no good as Hastings tabled a nine for a slightly bigger pair.

Brian Hastings6,140,000590,000
Ian O'Hara2,500,000-590,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:06 PM Local Time
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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 5:52 PM Local Time
Back and Forth

Ian O'Hara

Brian Hastings:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Previously, Brian Hastings won a pot off Ian O'Hara by scooping with a flush and eighty-six to leave the latter with about 1.6M in chips.

O'Hara won all of those chips back shortly in a hand that started off by him bringing it in with a queen. Hastings completed the ace before both players checked fourth street.

Hastings bet fifth street, O'Hara then bet sixth street after getting the betting lead with an open pair. On the river, O'Hara bet, Hastings raised, O'Hara put in three bets, and Hastings reluctantly called it off.

O'Hara rolled over     for fours full, Hastings acknowledged the winner and mucked.

Brian Hastings5,550,000-150,000
Ian O'Hara3,090,00090,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 5:43 PM Local Time
Hastings Takes from O'Hara

Brian Hastings:      /    
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Brian Hastings brought it in by completing and Ian O'Hara called. The latter bet on fourth, Hastings called, and then action went check-check on fifth.

Hastings bet on sixth, O'Hara called, and then both players returned to checking on seventh. Hastings showed two pair and it was good as O'Hara mucked.

Brian Hastings5,700,000465,000
Ian O'Hara3,000,000-405,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 5:30 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Level: 26
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 5:24 PM Local Time

The heads-up players are on a 10-minute break.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 5:23 PM Local Time
Hastings With the Boat

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Brian Hastings brought it in and Ian O'Hara completed. O'Hara bet fourth street before both players checked on fifth. Hastings then check-raised O'Hara on sixth street.

On the river, Hastings fired another big bet and O'Hara grimaced after looking at his cards. He decided against paying it off and Hastings flashed    for nines full as a courtesy.

Brian Hastings5,235,0001,035,000
Ian O'Hara3,405,000-995,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 5:02 PM Local Time
First Heads-Up Blood to Hastings

Brian Hastings:      /    
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Ian O'Hara brought it in and called when Brian Hastings completed. Hastings then check-called bets on fourth and fifth before O'Hara took the lead and bet sixth.

Hastings raised to 400,000 and O'Hara called before checking seventh. Hastings bet and O'Hara thought for a bit before calling.

"Flush," Hastings said before tabling his hand. It was good as O'Hara mucked.

Ian O'Hara4,400,000-1,040,000
Brian Hastings4,200,0001,000,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:56 PM Local Time
Yuval Bronshtein Eliminated in 3rd Place ($151,460)

Yuval Bronshtein

Yuval Bronshtein:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  
Brian Hastings:    /    - folded on fourth street

Ian O'Hara was the bring-in, Yuval Bronshtein completed, Brian Hastings made it two bets, O'Hara cold-called and Bronshtein called as well. On fourth street, Hastings checked, O'Hara bet, Bronshtein called all in for 65,000, and Hastings folded.

The cards went on their backs and Bronhstein already shook his head on fifth street after catching a queen. He ended up with a pair of sevens and no low, not enough as O'Hara held the better high.

Bronshtein, one of the best mixed games players out there with an earlier bracelet win this series, ended up in third place this time and received $151,460.

Ian O'Hara5,440,0002,160,000
Brian Hastings3,200,000-60,000
Yuval Bronshtein0-1,800,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:45 PM Local Time
PokerNews Podcast: WSOP Main Event Final Table Set; Guest Darren Elias
PN Podcast
PN Podcast

On the latest episode of the PokerNews Podcast, Jesse Fullen and Chad Holloway come to you from the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP)!

They preview the 2021 WSOP $10,000 Main Event final table, talk with chip leader Koray Aldemir, and highlight some of the bigger names to cash the tournament. They also offer winner interviews with Jermaine Reid and Scott Ball, the latter having captured his second bracelet of the series and put himself in position to win Player of the Year.

They also chat with guest Darren Elias, who talks about his upcoming online "The End Boss Poker Series." BetMGM recently announced the debut of The End Boss Poker Series, created in conjunction with the four-time WPT champion. The event will take place on the partypoker US Network in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan from November 23rd through 28th. The 6-day, 7-event series is headlined by The End Boss Main Event, an 8-max NLH that carries a six-figure guarantees in each state. Overall, the series includes tournaments with guaranteed prize pools totaling more than $750,000 across all three states.

Click here to listen to the new PN Podcast!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:37 PM Local Time
Hastings Scoops O'Hara

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

Yuval Bronshtein brought it in with the  , Brian Hastings completed, Ian O'Hara called, and Bronshtein folded. Hastings bet fourth street and O'Hara called.

On fifth street, O'Hara was first to act and checked. Hastings bet fifth, sixth, and seventh street and O'Hara called him down.

Hastings tabled     for trip sevens and an 8-7-5-2-A low. O'Hara flashed the   and mucked his hand.

Ian O'Hara3,280,000-120,000
Brian Hastings3,260,000160,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:20 PM Local Time
"Seven Low and a Flush"

Brian Hastings:      /    
Yuval Bronshtein:    /      /  

Yuval Bronshtein completed and called when Brian Hastings made it two bets. The latter then bet both fourth and fifth and the former called.

On sixth, Hastings checked and called a bet from Bronshtein. Hastings then checked on seventh, Bronshtein bet, and Hastings check-raised. Bronshtein called only to hear his opponent say, "Seven low and a flush."

"Scoop," a resigned Bronshtein said before sending his cards to the muck.

Brian Hastings3,100,000700,000
Yuval Bronshtein1,800,000-1,700,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:12 PM Local Time
Scott Seiver Eliminated in 4th Place ($107,967)

Scott Seiver

Brian Hastings:    /      /  
Scott Seiver:    /      /  
Ian O'Hara:    /      /  

On fourth street, Ian O'Hara bet and both Scott Seiver and Brian Hastings called. On fifth, O'Hara bet again and Seiver called off his last 65,000. Hastings came along and then check-called a bet on sixth.

Hastings checked again on seventh and folded when O'Hara bet.

"Flush," O'Hara informed Seiver, who was drawing to a low. Unfortunately for him, the   was no help and he wished the table luck before heading to the payout desk.

Ian O'Hara3,400,000850,000
Scott Seiver0-800,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 3:59 PM Local Time
Seiver Continues to Slide

Brian Hastings:      /    
Scott Seiver:    /      /  

Scott Seiver completed and then called when Brian Hastings made it 200,000 to go.

Hastings check-called bets on fourth and fifth before both players checked sixth. It also went check-check on seventh and Hastings showed two pair, which prompted Seiver to muck.

Brian Hastings2,400,0001,225,000
Scott Seiver800,000-750,000
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 3:53 PM Local Time
O'Hara Doesn't Slow Down

Ian O'Hara:    /      /  
Scott Seiver:    /      /  

Ian O'Hara brought it in and called when Scott Seiver completed. The former paired on fourth and bet, which Seiver called. That action would repeat itself on both fifth and sixth.

On seventh, O'Hara bet a final time and Seiver final gave it up.

Ian O'Hara2,550,000950,000
Scott Seiver1,550,000-965,000