Ben Yu and Brian Hastings Win WSOP Bracelets

Ben Yu and Brian Hastings Win WSOP Bracelets

While John Cynn and Tony Miles were battling for the 2018 WSOP Main Event bracelet late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, two big names in poker were securing WSOP bracelets.

Brian Hastings won his fourth career WSOP bracelet after defeating Andrew Brown heads-up in the $3k HORSE. Meanwhile, Ben Yu managed to defeat a superstar field to win his third WSOP bracelet in the $50k High Roller. The High Roller bracelet victory is easily his largest career live poker score.

Brian Hastings Wins $3k HORSE

The first of two events to complete on Saturday night was the $3k HORSE. This was the last mixed games bracelet of the WSOP drew a solid field of 354 players. The final table of this event was expectedly a star-studded one with Bruno Fitoussi, Dutch Boyd, Lee Markhold, Jeff Madsen, Tim Marsters, Brian Hastings, and Andrew Brown all making the final.

Play ultimately came down to Hastings and Brown for the bracelet. Hastings was looking for his second bracelet while Hastings was shooting for his fourth. At the start of heads-up play, Brown had nearly a 4:1 chip lead on Hastings and soon moved out to a 5:1 lead.

Then Hastings started going on a rush during a round of Seven Card Stud. Betting limits were so high at this point that just a few hands ended up switching the lead over to Hastings. His rush continued in both the Hold’em and Omaha Hi-Lo rounds and Brown quickly found himself left with just two big bets.

The then put those chips at risk during Omaha Hi-Lo with Ah-9h-5c-2d and Hastings called with 10s-10h-7h-4s. The flop fell Qh-Jc-9d and Brown’s nines were behind Hasting’s tens. The turn 2h gave Brown two pair but the river Jd gave Hastings a better two pair by counterfeiting Brown’s ducks.

This was Hasting’s fourth career bracelet and first since 2015. He has won bracelets in four different tournament styles, including Heads-Up NL, Seven Card Stud and 10-Game Mix. In addition to the bracelet, Hastings earned $233,202.

Ben Yu Wins $50k High Roller For $1.65 Million

One of the more eagerly anticipated events by the High Roller community was Event #77, $50k High Roller. This event drew a massive field for a high roller in 127 players, creating a prize pool of $6.14 million. The top two players walked away poker millionaires.

The final table of this event was an elite affair consisting of John Racener, Jake Schindler, Igor Kurganov, Isacc Haxton, $100k High Roller Champion Nick Petrangelo, Sean Winter, Manig Loesner, and Ben Yu.

At one point, it seemed that Petrangelo was going to run away with this one as he had a huge chip lead three-handed. However, Nick Petrangelo made an odd call pre-flop when he called an all-in shove from Sean Winter with just 10c-7c. Winter had Ah-5d and proceeded to flop two pair. Those pair held and Winter began to go on his own rush.

Ben Yu then doubled through Winter with pocket nines against As-8d to get within striking distance of Winter. A few hands later, he knocked out Petrangelo after his pocket fours caught a full house. Petrangelo earned $720k for third to go along with his win in the $100k High Roller. Quite a feat for the high rolling superstar.

At the start of heads-up play, Ben Yu led Sean Winter 18.27 million to 13.72 million. Heads-up didn’t last long as Yu shoved with Ks-Qh pre-flop and Winter called with Ad-9h. The flop missed both players, but the turn fell the Kh and that proved enough to give Yu the hand and the bracelet.

Sean Winter earned $1.02 million for his runner-up finish while Ben Yu earned $1.65 million and his third career bracelet. Yu has won three bracelets in the last four years. Last year, he won the $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship and in 2015 he won the $10k Limit Hold’em Championship.

Despite looking barely old enough to gamble in live casinos, the 32-year-old Yu has career earnings of $5.25 million. His victory in this event is the largest live score of his poker career. Considering Yu’s prowess in all poker variants, this will hardly be his last bracelet win.

About James Guill

James Guill started his poker career in 2006, playing semi-professionally in the United States and online. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side and since has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry including Ongame, bwin, PokerNews and others. He is a true “jack of all trades” with a wealth of knowledge on all topics related to poker.

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