Online poker phenomenon, Brian Hastings, has enjoyed lucrative success at the online poker rooms
since making his first deposit in 2005. Team CardRunners joined Full Tilt Poker in March of 2008, where the young poker instructor earned more than $3 million by March 15, 2010 – an impressive two-year salary.
First playing poker in home games with friends in high school
, Brian first began playing online poker in the summer of 2005. After three $30 deposits to play the $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em tables, Hastings finally started winning the low stakes ring games. He also dabbled in the $5 and $10 buy-in Multi Table Tournaments which quickly padded his bankroll. Hastings eventually worked his way up to the $25/$50 and $50/$100 No Limit cash games.
In December of 2009, Brian Hastings made headline news in the world of poker when he won over $4 million from the mysterious and formidable online poker pro
'Isildur1' playing six tables of $500/$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha for over five hours. Aside from good cards and strong play, Brian also credited the win, in part, to a great deal of preparation in which Cole South
and Brian Townsend
helped Hastings form a custom strategy to launch against the indomitable Swede, in addition to the fact that Isildur1
was playing tired and on tilt compared to Hastings who came into the match fresh.
Controversy soon surrounded the win after Hastings revealed that Brian Townsend had compared and analyzed hand histories
provided by Hastings, Townsend and Cole South, in the interest of helping Hastings beat 'Isildur1'. While there has been much debate and disagreement as to whether or not sharing hand histories is fair, Full Tilt Poker's terms and conditions strictly prohibit the act, and Brian Hastings and Brian Townsend were reprimanded with brief suspensions of their red pro status.
Brian Hastings is an economics major at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He has expressed that after consulting many friends and family members, he feels it is important to finish earning his degree, despite his huge success with online poker. He hopes to one day win a major live tournament.