Brian Hastings (born June 24, 1988) of Hanover Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is an American professional poker player known for his three World Series of Poker bracelets and for his profitable online cash game sessions against the Swedish poker player Viktor Blom, better known by his Online-Poker name Isildur1.
Hastings began playing online in 2006, inspired by his secondary school mathematics teacher. He entered Cornell University through the College of Engineering, and now majors in economics. He held a minority interest in Cardrunners.com. His style of play has been described on ESPN.com as one that places the game of poker in “a balanced place in a balanced life.” The Hastings approach to the game is to draw on the strength of the collective; accent the importance of off-table work, and impart life balance to one’s daily routine.