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It’s Monday, August 31, 2020 and the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is officially under way. Here’s the first dispatch from the WCOOP tables including news of an amazing start for PokerStars’ own Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg.


• Spraggy streams to sensational victory in WCOOP-5-L
• British streamer makes two final tables on first night
• Hold’em and Omaha High Rollers get under way


Spraggy streams to sensational victory: “Well, I’m jumping back on because there’s 15 left in WCOOP and I don’t want to potentially win a WCOOP and not stream it…” So said Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg in the small hours of Monday morning, flicking the switch back on on his Twitch stream having initially given up for the night (for reasons outlined below). And good for him that he did. In short, this was the most brilliant way to start WCOOP for PokerStars’ Twitch streaming ambassadors! No sooner had the biggest online series of the year got under way than Spraggy is on the board, claiming the first ‘COOP victory of his career in the Mini Sunday Cooldown Special Edition. We named Spraggy as one of the players to watch in our pre-series predictions piece, but nobody could have expected this amazing out-the-blocks win. The man from Gloucestershire took a matter of six and a half hours to beat a field of 12,192 entries in this $5.50 buy-in event, banking a total $4,349.41, including bounties. It was a remarkable victory, made even more so by the fact he streamed most of it, as always, to his thousands of viewers.

All Spraggy’s prayers were answered on WCOOP’s opening night

And that’s not all…: The victory in the low buy-in event wasn’t even the end of it for Spraggy. Earlier in the evening, he also made the final table of the high buy-in version of WCOOP-05, nearly pulling off what would have been one of the greatest doubles of all time. Costing $530 to enter, this tournament was full of the game’s top names, and Spraggy bludgeoned his way to ninth and a prize of $3,629.23 plus $1,593.75 in bounties. Spraggy turned off his stream after a brutal end to that tournament, rejamming with ace-king and running into queens. But he turned it back on again soon enough, for reasons detailed above. All in all it’s an incredible start — making two WCOOP final tables in a series is fantastic; two in a night is absolutely extraordinary. Congratulations Spraggy! The winner was “Erictsai7153” of Taiwan, who picked up $76,372.41, including bounties.


Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev

Danchev leads Sunday Slam: The $10,300 buy-in Sunday Slam attracted the densest concentration of hold’em superstars angling for a slice of the guaranteed $1.5 million prise pool. And when the tournament paused for the night, with 17 players left from the 136-entry field, the top echelons of the leader board were a true who’s who of modern greats. Former PCA champion Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev was top of the pile, having already won $48,000 in bounties, followed by Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson”, Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and Mike “SirWatts” Watson. That will play to a champion tonight, alongside eight other tournaments.

Omaha beasts out for High Rollers: The only non hold’em tournaments of WCOOP’s first day were the three versions of WCOOP-03, a PLO 6-Max affair. In addition to playing through the night in the $10,300 hold’em, Mike “SirWatts” Watson remains in contention in the $5K PLO High Roller too, sitting in fifth of 14 remaining, with Finland’s “Aku1206” leading Joao “IneedMassari” Simao at the top of the counts in that one. Other stars including “LuckyGump”, Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi and Joao “Naza114” Vieira retain an interest. It’s similarly stacked in the last 35 of the $530 version, which is led by Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank. Manig “swordfish007” Loeser, Adam “Adamyid” Own and Niklas “Lena900” Astedt are also involved there.


05-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO 12,192 $59,741 Spraggy UK $4,349.41†
05-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO 6,906 $345,300 Marksman M UK $29,379.96†
05-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO 1,091 $545,500 Erictsai7153 Taiwan $76,372.41†
Daily totals 20,189 $950,541 $110,102†

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


Tournaments completed: 3
Entries so far: 20,189
Prize pools so far: $950,541
First prizes so far: $110,102
In-the-money finishers so far: 3,101
Tournaments under way: 9
Tournaments starting today: 9

(Note: completed events only)


Why not relive Spraggy’s glory in full…


Only one candidate for Tweet of the day:

Actually, maybe Spraggy gets second place too…


The Player of the Series leader boards will get under way in earnest as soon as a few more events have concluded. All the details will be found on the leader boards page, and here’s why it’s worth following closely:


Overall – $25,000 plus trophy
High – Winner $12,500; 2nd $10,000; 3rd $7,500
Medium – Winner $8,500; 2nd $6,000; 3rd $3,000 (top 15 are rewarded)
Low – Winner $5,000; 2nd $3,000; 3rd $2,000 (top 25 are rewarded)


02-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam
Entries: 19,397 | Prize pool: $1,939,700.00
Places paid: 2,783 | First prize: $86,167.31
Players remaining: 649 | Chip leader: kees526 (Netherlands)

02-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Slam
Entries: 1,971 | Prize pool: $2,000,000
Places paid: 239 | First prize: $130,321
Players remaining: 1,971 | Chip leader: CryFishCry (Russia)

02-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam
Entries: | Prize pool: $1,500,000
Places paid: 17 | First prize: $152,662
Players remaining: 17 | Chip leader: Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev

Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank

03-L: $55 PLO 6-Max
Entries: 3,013 | Prize pool: $150,650
Places paid: 503 | First prize: $21,731.15
Players remaining: 74 | Chip leader: leolokN (Brazil)

03-M: $530 PLO 6-Max
Entries: 544 | Prize pool: $272,000
Places paid: 77 | First prize: $48,124.48
Players remaining: 35 | Chip leader: lissi stinkt (Germany)

03-H: $5,200 PLO 6-Max, High Roller
Entries: 127| Prize pool: $750,000
Places paid: 14 | First prize: $168,607.68
Players remaining: 14 | Chip leader: Aku1206 (Finland)

04-L: $22 NLHE
Entries: 10,153 | Prize pool: $203,060
Places paid: 1,663 | First prize: $27,302.28
Players remaining: 144 | Chip leader: leandroctbsb (Brazil)

04-M: $215 NLHE
Entries: 2,269 | Prize pool: $453,800
Places paid: 319 | First prize: $67,509.14
Players remaining: 93 | Chip leader: zaq3249 (South Korea)

04-H: $2,100 NLHE
Entries: 241 | Prize pool: $500,000
Places paid: 31 | First prize: $96,143.50
Players remaining: 32 | Chip leader: Kevin.Pu (China)


Monday, 31 August

After the raft of Sunday hold’em tournaments, things start to get slightly more involved during Monday’s play. Not only do we have a 6-Max PKO event, we also have a 6-Max Omaha8 event. Also known as high/lo, here’s the first encouragement during this WCOOP for players to make the worst hand…though it’s only going to earn you half the pot. We round off the day with an 8-Max freezeout.

1.05pm: WCOOP-06: NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $75,000, $350,000, $500,000

2.05pm: WCOOP-07: PLO8 [6-Max]
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $40,000, $100,000, $200,000

3.05pm: WCOOP-08: NLHE 8-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $50,000, $200,000, $250,000

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