ESPN.com columnist Gary Wise has posted an interesting article on Brian Hastings' recent $4.2 million winning day against Isildur1. Wise goes through the reasons behind Hastings' win and comes up with three things: talent, discipline, and - interestingly enough - teamwork. Hastings says his CardRunners buddies Brian Townsend and Cole South were a big help in analyzing the opponent's play.
Hastings had confronted Isildur1 three times before his $4.2 million win. After the third session the three CardRunners pros put their wise heads together and got to work.
"I give most of the credit to Brian Townsend here," Hastings says to ESPN.com. "Brian is honestly the hardest worker I know in poker. He analyzed a database of heads-up hands that Isildur1 had played and constructed ranges of what Isildur1 was doing in certain spots."
"If Antonius or Ivey had blown up Isildur1's bankroll, I'd have been upset," Townsend admitted. "Brian's one of our guys, though."
Several times Townsend, Hastings and South took turns playing with Isildur1, basically meaning that Isildur1 was up against a fresh opponent while growing more tired by the hour himself. There is no certainty whether the three had pieces of each other in the sessions, but Hastings did announce beforehand that the players who previously staked him at $500/$1,000 did not have a piece of him vs. Isildur1.
One thing Gary Wise lacks to mention in his excellent piece is the fact (reported on the 2+2 forums) that in his mega-session Brian Hastings was also running like god, approximately $3 million above EV!