Brian Hastings Leads WSOP $10K Seven Card Stud Event with 8 Left


Eight players remain in the World Series of Poker’s $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, including three brand name members of the online poker community. Brian Stinger885 Hastings (pictured), a longtime fixture of the poker and daily fantasy sports worlds, leads the way with a stack of 770,000. Hastings was a top-five chip leader after Day 1 and has already cashed in three WSOP events this year.

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In order to score his first WSOP win, Hastings must outlast three bracelet winners: Max Pescatori (three bracelets, sixth place), Scott BigRiskkyClements (two bracelets, fourth place), and Dan djk123 Kelly (pictured, two bracelets, seventh place). Clements and Pescatori have already made final tables at the 2015 WSOP. Kelly has $2.2 million in career WSOP winnings across 30 cashes.

Hastings has a lot on the line in addition to the bracelet, as WSOP coverage explained, “He is currently ranked #23 in the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year standings and is guaranteed at least another 245.15 points for eighth place, which would put him in the top 10 on the POY leaderboard.”

Here’s how the final eight will stack up when play resumes at 2pm Pacific Time on Saturday:

1. Brian Stinger885Hastings – 770,000
2. John Thrower – 426,000
3. Mikhail Semin – 399,000
4. Scott BigRiskkyClements – 384,000
5. Chris George – 251,000
6. Max Pescatori – 207,000
7. Dan djk123Kelly – 172,000
8. Oxana Cummings – 128,000

Hastings Tweeted after Friday’s play had ended, “Bagged either 769k or 770k depending on whether I win the chip race. Probably 770k #yupiwonit #bracelethunting #WSOP27 Restart 2pm.”

He scored a double knockout to surge into the lead when 16 remained and said, “237k got a double KO! 17 left 16 pay avg 160k #pain.” Pain indeed.

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