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Online Poker's Biggest One-Day Winner Announces Retirement

Brian Hastings Won Over $4 Million In A Single Session But Is Now Looking To Move On From Poker To Start A Small Business


Brian Hastings has three World Series of Poker bracelets to his name and millions in earnings between tournaments and cash games, but he’s looking to drastically scale back his play.

Brian HastingsThe 28-year-old doesn’t enjoy being immersed in the game like he once was, but he’s also stepping back in order to focus on his new tea company.

He plans to open up his first location sometime next year. Hastings once beat Viktor Blom for $4 million in one day, the record for a single online poker session. Just a handful of years later, Hastings wants to move on from the high roller lifestyle to begin to build a different life for himself.

In the latest edition of High Stakes Poker Spotlight, Card Player talked to him in an in-depth exclusive interview that covered his decision to move on from playing poker full time, dealing with depression and it’s effects on his game, the politics of high stakes cash games and much, much more.

Hastings’ career hasn’t been without some controversy. His use of data on Blom’s play and playing online poker from the US despite its restrictions were among a couple things some in the poker community took issue with, but there are many out there who still support Hastings as a poker player and person.

You can check out the entirety of the audio interview in the video at the top of the page.