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Huffington Post: Poker Millionaire Brian Hastings Struggling 12 Months After Black Friday

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Mar/31/2012
Poker Millionaire Brian Hastings Struggling 12 Months After Black Friday

Ron Dicker of the Huffington Post published a story Saturday morning on the plight of poker millionaire Brian Hastings 12 months after “Black Friday”.

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It was Friday, April 15 of last year when three of the biggest online poker rooms were shut down by US feds following a multi-years probe into money laundering and bank fraud.   

Dicker notes that Hastings won $4 million in just five hours of online poker as a Cornell student during finals week.  This guy is no joke.  The problem is, Hastings is now essentially "out of work" should he choose to reside in the US with only a handful of Web card rooms available.

"I haven't had any stability," Hastings recently told The Huffington Post. "I'm trying to determine where I want to base myself. I want a place I can live in eight months a year. Moving from place to place, it does drag personal relationships."

From the Huffington Post:

Hastings currently bounces between an apartment near a tribal casino in Hollywood, Fla., his parents' home in Hanover Township, Pa., global stops on the pro poker tour, and Chicago. He said Chicago promises him a more connected existence because he works with friends on a fantasy-sports website called draftday.com -- but that the area doesn't have what he deems to be "viable" poker games.

Hastings also spent three months in Vancouver, B.C., last fall. He set up a Canadian address and bank account so he could legally compete on a poker website, and pondered setting up permanent residency where cyber-poker is allowed, but has had second thoughts.

You can read more about Dicker’s profile of Hastings here.

- Chris Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

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