The Transformation of Brian Hastings

CardsChat Podcast host Robbie Strazynski talks to five-time WSOP bracelet winner, mixed-game specialist, and poker trainer Brian Hastings in this week’s episode, which in Hasting’s personal phrases, “covers numerous floor.”

Brian Hastings and Robbie Strazynski discuss psychological well being, poker, and circle of relatives on this week’s CardsChat podcast. (Symbol: Seminole Coconut Creek)

Hastings, now a 33-year-old father and circle of relatives guy dwelling outdoor of Jacksonville, Florida, opens up about how his struggles with psychological well being had been exacerbated by way of his singular center of attention at the sport in his more youthful years. 

“I used to be more or less a multitude there, truthfully. The stability wasn’t actually there. I had numerous problems with self-confidence and conceit again then, too. I believe like an absolutely other individual now,” Hastings says. 

Hastings, who suffers from bipolar dysfunction, finds that all the way through his 2015 WSOP run the place he gained two bracelets and used to be just about named Participant of the Yr, he used to be in a state of hypomania that allowed him to stay hyper-focused and extremely energized. The opposite aspect of that coin is critical and debilitating melancholy, which Hastings says he manages with the assistance of his spouse, Sonya. 

“It’s actually laborious discovering that candy spot of hanging sufficient into the poker phase whilst nonetheless rising as an individual in alternative ways on the identical time,” he says.  

Hastings, whose lightning-fast upward push within the poker global used to be fueled partially by way of a single-session, heads-up PLO on-line win towards Viktor Blom for $4.2 million in 2009, talks about how he went from enjoying the smallest stakes to the nose-bleeds in lower than two years. 

May just one thing like that occur once more these days? Almost certainly no longer, as Hastings and Strazynski speak about of their dissection of ways the sport has modified in recent times. Hastings, in fact, is likely one of the gamers who helped trade it when he started developing poker instruction content material with the now-defunct Cardrunners whilst a pupil at Cornell.

As is same old on “the friendliest poker podcast on the town,” Hastings replied questions from CardsChat discussion board contributors. Questions are now being sought for Courtney Kennedy, winner of the 2016 WSOP Girls tournament.

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