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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 11, 2015 to Saturday, June 13, 2015

Event #27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $855,400
  • Entries: 91
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:28 PM Local Time


Brian Hastings Wins His Second WSOP Gold Bracelet

High-Stakes Cash Game Pro Triumphs in Seven-Card Stud Championship, Pockets $239,518

Scott Clements Denied a Third Gold Bracelet, Finishes as Runner Up


Name:  Brian Hastings
Birthplace:  Luzerne County, PA (USA)
Age:  26
Current Residence:  Hanover Township, PA (USA)
Marital Status:  Single
Children:  0
Profession:  Professional Poker Player
Number of WSOP Cashes:  14
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances:  7
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories:  2
Best Previous WSOP Finish:  1st (2012)
Total WSOP Earnings:  $1,139,276
Personal Facts:  Before he played live tournaments, Hastings was already one of the world’s top online poker players with millions in earnings
[Note:  All statistics above include the results of this tournament]

Brian Hastings continues to add both to his reputation and legacy.

The high-stakes cash game player from Hanover Township, PA won the 2015 Seven-Card Stud World Championship, widely-recognized as such because it’s the highest buy-in tournament of this form of poker held each year.  Not coincidentally, Seven-Card Stud has been a staple of home games in the northeastern United States, where Hastings first developed his poker roots, for many decades.

Hastings earned his second career gold bracelet, following his first victory which was in the Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship, in 2012.  It was his 14th time to cash, and rocketed him to more than $1.1 million in WSOP earnings.  That said, this wasn’t even close to Hasting’s biggest win in poker.

Hastings initially surfaced on the poker scene as an online nearly ten years ago, playing the world’s best and most feared players for stakes so high, they were (and are) sometimes called “nosebleed.”  He reportedly once won $4 million in a single session.  However, when online poker was dealt a serious setback in 2009, Hastings began playing more in live games, and tournaments.  He seems to have made the adjustment, quite comfortably, indeed.

This year’s $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud event drew only 91 players, but it was quite a stacked field.  Hastings topped Scott Clements in heads-up play, quite a feat on its own given his pedigree in WSOP events.  Clements, a two-time gold bracelet winner, finished 2nd for the fourth time in his career.  Despite his obvious talents, Clements was simply out-chipped throughout play and couldn’t overcome the multiple disadvantages, a common theme at his conquered final table, which included Dan Kelly (3rd) going for his third career gold bracelet, and Max Pescatori (8th) aiming not just for a fourth WSOP title, but his second gold bracelet in 2015.  None were a match for Hastings, who put on a poker clinic during much of the tournament.

“This tournament is more meaningful because it’s what a lot of the older, more established players played for many years,” Hastings said in a post-tournament interview.  “Anytime you win, it’s feels good.”

Hastings, who is quite active in the poker community and known for more than just as player, is also a noted strategist and teacher.  Given his second WSOP victory and yet another accomplishment in the game, it’s clear that Brian Hastings can be projected to win more and possibly even challenge some records, should he choose to pursue that option.

“I felt really good coming into this year’s series,” he said.  I came in with some high expectations.  I thought I was in a very good place, with my girlfriend here with me and really on top of my A-game.”

When pressed to elaborate on a reported huge bonus in the form of a bracelet side bet made with other poker players, Hastings confirmed that he’d made some substantial wagers and now will have the chance to collect.

“It’s about twice what the top prize money was for this event,” Hastings confessed.  “But I won’t say who it was with.”

No doubt, betting against Brian Hastings doesn’t seem like a very wise decision.  When asked about his future goals, he was on message and went straight to the point.

“The $50K Poker Players Championship – that’s my next goal,” Hastings said matter-of-factly.
With Hastings listed atop the final results, the official order of finish was as follows:

Second Place:   Scott Clements, from Mount Vernon, WA, made his second final table appearance of this series, after coming in 4th in the $10K Omaha High-Low Split event, which ended days earlier.  This marks his 40th career cash and added to what’s now $2.6 in WSOP earnings.  Clements is widely acknowledged as a master of mixed games, but this was his first Seven-Card Stud in-the-money finish at the WSOP.  $148,001 was the consolation prize.

Third Place:  Dan Kelly, from Potomac, MD, hoped to win a third gold bracelet, following wins in 2010 and 2014.  However, he had to settle for 3rd place, which paid $92,691.

Fourth Place:  Chris George, from Croton-on-Hudson, NY has a stellar tournament record that few people know about.  Consider his last six cashes in WSOP events (all since 2013) – 2nd, 4th, 6th, 6th, 3rd, and now 4th.

Fifth Place:  Oxana Cummings, a Russian-born poker player now living in Weston, MA came in 5th.  She was the only female who finished in the money in this tournament.

Sixth Place:  Harley Thrower, from Georgia, cashed for the third time this year at the WSOP.  This marked his first time to make a final table.

Seventh Place:  Russian poker player Mikhail Semin, from Moscow, enjoyed the highest finish of his career at the WSOP, by finishing in 7th place.

Eighth Place:  Max Pescatori, originally from Milan and the top-earning and winning Italian poker player of all time, edged into the final table as the 8th-place finisher.  He busted out early, denied a chance to win what could have been his 4th career bracelet.

Other notable players who cashed included 2-time winner Rep Porter (10th), 5-time winner David Chiu (11th), and 1-time winner Cory Zeidman (13th).
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Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:06 PM Local Time

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings

Down to his last 130,000 chips, Scott Clements brings it in with the  . Brian Hastings completes showing the  . Clements raises to 60,000 and Hastings asks what he has left. 64,000 is the answer. "Okay, let's get it in," Hastings says, and the two put their chips in the middle and the remaining cards are dealt.

Brian Hastings -   /    /(x)
Scott Clements -   /    /(x)

Hastings makes a diamond flush on fifth street, but Clements picks up a draw to a higher flush on sixth. Clements forgoes the sweat and flips up his final card to reveal the  .

Hastings absolutely dominated the final table and only once relinquished the chip lead. He will take home $239,518 and the WSOP gold bracelet for his outstanding performance.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 8:03 PM Local Time

On the first hand back from break, Brian Hastings once again puts Scott Clements on the ropes.

Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)
Hastings: (x-x)/    /(x)

Clements picks up an open pair of eights on fifth street, and he bets the 60,000. Hastings calls without delay, and Clements check-calls a bet on sixth street. Hastings bets the river, too, and Clements check-calls to see the showdown.

Hastings announces his, "Flush," as he shows    , and Clements spins his cards into the muck.

Brian Hastings - 2,600,000
Scott Clements - 130,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:54 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 30k/60k,Bring-in:10k
Ante: 7k
Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:50 PM Local Time

A 20-minute break is scheduled but the players have agreed to shorten it to just 10 minutes in order to continue their heads-up match. Play will resume at approximately 8 p.m. local time. Here's how they stack up:

Brian Hastings - 2,353,000
Scott Clements - 377,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:49 PM Local Time

The recent series of pots have mostly gone the way of Brian Hastings, and Scott Clements is once again struggling to stay afloat. None of the hands have been particularly significant by themselves, but in totality, they've reduced Clements' stack by about half once again as Hastings continues to apply the pressure.

Scott Clements - 400,000
Brian Hastings - 2,330,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:49 PM Local Time

Brian Hastings completes with the  , and Scott Clements raises with the  . Hastings calls.

Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)
Hastings: (x-x)/    /(x)

Hastings bets on every street, and Clements calls him all the way down. When the last call comes, Hastings holds his cards over the muck and waits to see Clements'     before letting them go.

A couple hands later, Clements completes with the  , and Hastings defends his bring-in with the  .

Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)
Hastings: (x-x)/    /(x)

This time, it's Clements doing the betting on fourth, fifth, and sixth streets, with Hastings calling along. Both players check seventh street, and Clements shows     to take the pot with a pair of queens.

Scott Clements - 800,000
Brian Hastings - 1,930,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:43 PM Local Time

Brian Hastings brings it in with the  . Scott Clements completes with the  .  Hastings raises, Clements three bets, and Hastings calls.

Brian Hastings - (x-x)/    /(x)
Scott Clements - (x-x)/    /(x)

Clements bets fourth and Hastings calls.  Hastings picks up a pair of eights on fifth street and leads with a bet.  Clements calls.  Hastings bets again on sixth street and Clements comes along.  Hastings fires again on seventh street and Clements reluctantly calls.

"Three eights," Hastings says, tabling    .

Brian Hastings - 2,400,000
Scott Clements - 590,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:38 PM Local Time

Scott Clements brings it in with the   and Hastings completes with an ace of his own, the  .  Clements calls.

Brian Hastings - (x-x)/    /(x)
Scott Clements - (x-x)/    /(x)

Clements checks fourth street and Hastings bets.  Clements check-calls.  Hastings takes the betting lead on fifth and bets.  Clements calls. Hastings bets again on sixth and Clements calls.  Hastings thinks for a few seconds on seventh street and then fires a final bet.  Clements checks his hole cards and calls.

"Aces," Hastings says, turning over    .  Clements nods and concedes the pot.

Brian Hastings - 2,195,000
Scott Clements - 800,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:33 PM Local Time

Scott Clements brings it in with the   and Brian Hastings completes with the  .  Clements calls.

Scott Clements (x-x)/    /(x)
Brian Hastings (x-x)/    /(x)

Hastings bets fourth and fifth streets and Clements calls both bets.  On sixth, Hastings checks.  Clements bets and Hastings check-calls.  Both players check on seventh street and Hastings says, "Ace high."  Clements reveals     for a pair of fours and takes the pot.

Scott Clements - 940,000
Brian Hastings - 1,850,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:26 PM Local Time

The jewelry is out on the table, and the two remaining players are heads-up for the title of Stud Champion.

Brian Hastings - 1,890,000
Scott Clements - 840,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:25 PM Local Time
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Dan Kelly brings it in with the  , Brian Hastings completes to 25,000 with the  , Scott Clements calls with the  , and Kelly defends.

Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)
Kelly: (x-x)/    /(x)
Hastings: (x-x)/     - fold

Kelly bets his lead on fourth street, and both opponents call. On fifth, Kelly bets the 50,000, and Hastings raises to 100,000. Clements cold-calls both bets before Kelly reraises all in for 138,000 total. Call-call, and Kelly is at risk.

On sixth street, Hastings check-folds to another bet from Clements, so Kelly is heads-up for his tournament life. Clements shows down    for a made straight plus a flush draw. Kelly's    made a set on fifth street, but he needs to fill up to stay alive.

Kelly flips up the  , though, and that's a miss. Clements wins the pot with a straight, eliminating Kelly in third place.

Scott Clements - 840,000
Dan Kelly - Eliminated

Saturday, June 13, 2015 7:09 PM Local Time

Scott Clements brings it in with the   and Brian Hastings completes with the  . Clements raises and Hastings calls.

Scott Clements (x-x)/   (x)/(x)
Brian Hastings (x-x)/    /(x)

Clements bets fourth street and Hastings calls.  On fifth, Clements bets all in for 39,000.  Hastings hesitates, but puts chips in to call, saying, "You're ahead."

Clements shows    for a baby pair, while Hastings has    for straight, flush, and pair outs.  When all the cards are out, Clements makes two pair, fours and threes, and Hastings can only win with a four.  His last card is the   for a pair of fives and Clements survives.

Scott Clements - 230,000
Brian Hastings - 2,150,000
Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:58 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 25k/50k,Bring-in:7k
Ante: 5k
Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:58 PM Local Time

Brian Hastings completes for 20,000 with the  , and Scott Clements raises to 40,000 with the  , Hastings makes it 60,000, and Clements calls.

Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)
Hastings: (x-x)/    /(x)

Clements check-calls bets on fourth, fifth, and sixth streets, and he checks dark on seventh street. Hastings checks behind after the last card, and he shows     for a pair of jacks, and Clements mucks to drop to about 320,000 chips.

On the next hand, Clements completes with the  , and Hastings defends his bring-in with the  .

Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)
Hastings: (x-x)/    /(x)

Both players check fourth street, and Clements check-raises fifth. When he does, though, Hastings comes right back over the top with a three-bet to 60,000. Clements calls, and he calls another bet on sixth street before folding on seventh. There are now very few chips on the table that don't belong to Brian Hastings.

Brian Hastings - 2,340,000
Dan Kelly - 260,000
Scott Clements - 130,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:49 PM Local Time
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Chris George brings it in with the   and Scott Clements completes with the  . George calls.

Scott Clements - (x-x)/   (x)/ 
Chris George - (x-x)/   (x)/(x)

Clements bets on fourth street and George calls. Clements leads again on fifth and George raises, with less than a full bet left behind. Clements only takes a few seconds to decide what to do and three bets to put George all in. George calls and asks, "Do you have a pair?" Clements nods and George says, "Oh, that's not good." George reveals    as his hole cards and Clements reveals    for a pair of sixes.

The rest of the cards are dealt and Clements picks up the   on seventh for two pair. George can't catch another five and exits the tournament in 4th place for $67,114.

Scott Clements - 520,000
Chris George - Eliminated

Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:37 PM Local Time

Scott Clements has lost a couple small pots during the recent minutes, but he rebounds in a heads-up pot against Dan Kelly. Clements completes with the  , and Dan Kelly calls with the  .

Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)
Kelly: (x-x)/    /(x)

Kelley does the betting on fourth, fifth, and sixth streets, and he checks seventh. Clements takes his cue to bet the last 40,000, and Kelly folds.

Scott Clements - 305,000
Dan Kelly - 395,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:25 PM Local Time
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Dan Kelly brings it in with the  , and Chris George completes for 20,000. Brian Hastings calls, Oxana Cummings calls all in for 12,000, and Kelley defends.

Cummings: (x-x)/    /(x)
Kelly: (x-x)/    - fold
George: (x-x)/    - fold
Hastings: (x-x)/    /(x)

Cummings leads after fourth street, so action passes to her left where Dan Kelly bets the 20,000. Both live opponents call. On fifth street, all three live players pick up an open pair, but Hastings leads the betting with two tens. Kelly quickly folds, and George tanks and folds, too. The latter is pretty unhappy to be isolated out of the pot with another player all-in, though Hastings is ahead as he rolls over   . Cummings shows   , needing to improve in a hurry to stay alive.

She does just that with a pair of kings on sixth street, further frustrating George.

Hastings is running pretty well, though, and he draws the   on seventh street, improving to the diamond flush and eliminating Cummings in fifth place. She finished in 16th place last year, and she's done better this time around, taking home $52,453 for her work over the past three days.

Hastings now holds nearly two-thirds of the chips in play.

Brian Hastings - 1,670,000
Chris George - 111,000
Oxana Cummings - Eliminated

Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:16 PM Local Time

Scott Clements brings it in with the   and Oxana Cummings completes with the  . Brian Hastings calls with the   and Clements raises.  Cummings three bets and Hastings folds.  Clements calls.

Scott Clements - (x-x)/    /(x)
Oxana Cummings - (x-x)/    /(x)

Cummings bets fourth street and Clements calls.  On fifth, Cummings bets 40,000 and Clements goes into the tank.  He has just 72,000 left and must decide whether to put himself at risk.  After fifteen seconds of thought he moves all in.  Cummings takes her time and asks for a count.  Twenty seconds go by and she calls.  Clements reveals    in the hole and Cummings quickly tables   .

Clements needs help to stay alive and he gets it with the   on sixth street.  Cummings needs a king to send Clements home, but can't get it done.  Clements doubles and Cummings is down to just 37,000.

Scott Clements - 340,000
Oxana Cummings - 37,000

Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:03 PM Local Time

Brian Hastings completes to 20,000 with the  , and Scott Clements defends his bring-in with the  .

Hastings: (x-x)/    /(x)
Clements: (x-x)/    /(x)

Hastings bets fourth and fifth streets, with Clements calling both. Hastings checks sixth street, Clements bets 40,000, and Hastings check-raises to 80,000. Clements calls. On seventh, Hastings bets again, and Clements tucks and mucks.

Clements dropped another small pot on the next hand, and he's slipped back into short-stacked territory with just over 200,000 chips.

Brian Hastings - 1,450,000
Scott Clements - 210,000