Brian Hastings

Huge pots have been the new of the game at Full Tilt Poker lately. Brian Hastings won this huge pot worth $354.060 while Mike “the Mouth” Matusow was firing up the chat:

But his session ended still as a loser, on another table he managed to lose around $500.000! Talk about running bad at that one!. Another loser who won a huge pot was screenname SteveSung, here is a pot worth of $246.258:

Looks like Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies has managed to end his downswing booking nice sessions lately – he is currently up around $300.000 this month!


Yesterday was action packed at PokerStars big tables. Brian Hastings has been playing a lot lately at Full Tilt but also at PokerStars under the screenname “$tinger 88”. The hot player seems to be lately screenname Steve_Haris.

The tables have been full with players like Brian Hastings, philivey2694, bet2win, Steve_Haris and aah_snap involved in a lot of action. Here is an example of a hand where Brian “$tinger 88” Hastings gets a nice pot:

“ahh_snap” winning a nice pot, players going all-in on the flop:

Daniel Negreanu and Brian Hastings are planning to fight at PokerStars in two different matches. The first one will be No-limit Texas Holdem and the other on in H.O.R.S.E. The best part are the stakes – $100.000 in line in both of the matches.

Daniel Negreanu wants to play big at his sponsor site!

The initiative for the match came from Hastings but Negreanu tells that he is ready for the challenge: “I’ve never seen him play HORSE before, but doubt that he’d be able to beat me at that game. Hold’em is a different story since it’s his “bread and butter” game. It’s not an ego thing for me at all, I just wanna play!”

Brian Hastings is well known for his heads-up skills!

Hastings might be a slight favourite in Holdem but Daniel surely has tons of more experience in H.O.R.S.E. Negreanu makes also few notes on the games at PokerStars: “The $200-$400 game has been going pretty strong and my edge in that game is really big. I thought the $200-$400 limit hold’em games were juicy, but the $200-$400 HORSE games have been super soft lately. So many clear mistakes being made in all of the games. Outside of Barry Greenstien, I’ve yet to run into a player that doesn’t have a weak game.”

So lets wait and see if this one really happens!

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies has been famous for making huge coinflips after some heated sessions. This time there were different players flipping for big amounts.

Sami “LrsLzk” Kelopuro was waiting opponents at Primas NL $100/200 tables when Terken89 sat down. But Terken89 didn’t want to play – but wanted to do some coinflips for $10.000 each.

Terken89 had luck on his hand – winning also with 8-high:

After that Kelopuro had some promblems with his kicker – Terken89 winning 3-1:

We also had a HUGE coinflip at Full Tilt Poker involving Brian Hastings and DaEvils – a pot worth over $100.000 with the handhistory:

Brian Hastings raises to $62,395.75, and is all in
DaEvils calls $49,692, and is all in
Brian Hastings shows [ ]
DaEvils shows [ ]
Brian Hastings: 7
Uncalled bet of $12 303 .75 returned to Brian Hastings

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Brian Hastings: owned
Brian Hastings shows two pair Tens and Sixes
DaEvils shows two pair Tens and Fives
Brian Hastings wins the pot ($100 183 .50) with two pair Tens and Sixes

Brian Hastings has been running extremely hot this month at Full Tilt Pokers big Omaha games. First he started the month by winning $544.000 under his screenname LucLongley. Then he joined team Full Tilt and started to play under his own name.


The cards have been very good to him because now he has also won over $500.000 afrer joining the team – totaling his winnings for this month up to $1.060.000. He has been beating players like Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius and David Benyamine – as you can see from this hand:

David Benyamine raises to $800
Brian Hastings raises to $3,000
DaFool folds
slaktarn folds
FinddaGrind has 15 seconds left to act
FinddaGrind raises to $10,000
David Benyamine has 15 seconds left to act
David Benyamine calls $9,200
Brian Hastings calls $7,000

*** FLOP ***

FinddaGrind bets $30,200
David Benyamine raises to $120,800
Brian Hastings raises to $142,246, and is all in
FinddaGrind calls $38,141.50, and is all in
David Benyamine calls $21,446

Brian Hastings shows

FinddaGrind shows

David Benyamine shows

*** TURN ***

*** RIVER ***

Brian Hastings shows a straight, Jack high
David Benyamine shows two pair, Jacks and Sevens
Brian Hastings wins the side pot ($147,809) with a straight, Jack high
FinddaGrind shows a pair of Queens
Brian Hastings wins the main pot ($235,222.50) with a straight, Jack high

Total pot $383,033.50 Main pot $235,224.50. Side pot $147,809. | Rake $2

Putting him also nicely on top10 of biggest online pots won-list! 


David Benyamine surely has showed some excellent skills during the last days – and also what running hot really means. In the last two days alone he has won over $600.000 – totalling his winnings from this month already up to $1.100.000. Making him the biggest winner at Full Tilt Poker this month.


David and his girlfriend Erica Schoenberg

And the best part is that he has played only 5 days this month! He has been beating Gus Hansen, Cole South and Eric Liu to name few that have witnessed his run maybe too closely.

Lets see if he countinues to dominate the tables – at least many opponents want to play against him. Players like Ilari Sahamies “Ziigmund” are constantly telling how bad Benyamine is.

Ziigmund: i hope u win them all
Ziigmund: he is just so f bad u know
Brian Hastings: i know
Ziigmund: nh brian
Brian Hastings: thanks
Brian Hastings: u really hate him huh haha

Ziigmund going down

But looking at Ziigmunds score this month… maybe it’s the other way around – Ziigmund has lost already $1.000.000 in pot-limit Omaha, to soften this he has won $150.000 in no-limit Texas.

Yesterday was yet another day with lots of action and huge pots. Di “Urindanger” Dang played a marathon session against a new player “x13full” – beating him finally. David Benyamine was back with a vengeance – building a stack alomost worth $400.000! Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies was having a huge rollercoaster again – building huge stacks then losing lots of those to Benyamine.


Di Dand – Urindanger winner of the marathon session

Urindanger vs. x13full – the hand that ended the session:

Brian Hastings (LucLongley/$tinger88) vs. Ziigmund:

Ziigmund vs. guaranteed376 – 123k pot:

Ziigmund vs. guaranteed378 – 141k pot:


Ziigmund running hot – maybe too hot?

Ziigmund vs. FinddaGrind vs. Manechka – 134k pot:

David Benyamine beats Ziigmund – 158k pot:


Patrik Antonius – FinddaGrind taking beatings from Ziigmund

Ziigmund vs. FinddaGrind – 158k pot:

Patrik expressing his frustrations:

FinddaGrind: listen guys
FinddaGrind: i know u r all watching
FinddaGrind: i havent played this game for like 6 months because no one ever plays
FinddaGrind: and its a mazing
FinddaGrind: why all of u r sitting here
FinddaGrind: u all would have an enge vs me at the moment
FinddaGrind: u play this everyday
FinddaGrind: i just want to gamgle
FinddaGrind: thats all
FinddaGrind: peace

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