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Friday’s day off was followed by an action-packed billion-dollar Saturday session in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), boasting big-name heads-up battles and exciting Twitch streams. Here’s all the news from Day 6…


  • WCOOP hits $1 billion all-time
  • Watson wins third, denying Schwartz
  • Plesuv takes down Thursday Thrill
  • Star-studded $5K ends
  • Another final table for Shaban


WCOOP hits the $1 billion mark: It’s official! With the WCOOP 2021 total prize pools above $27,105,967, the World Championship of Online Poker has now awarded more than $1 billion in prizes across its 20-year history. We’re only one week down and with plenty of huge guarantees still to come, we’re sure to put a big dent into the next billion before this record-breaking series comes to an end.

The unstoppable SirWatts

Watson holds off Schwartz: They say you can wait for ages for a bus only for two to come along at once. Luke “lb6121” Schwartz wasn’t waiting for buses, he was waiting for WCOOP titles, and after years of grinding the series he clinched his first on Thursday night, then very nearly won a second during Saturday’s session. The only person standing in his way in the $1K Stud Hi/Lo was the beast Mike “SirWatts” Watson and with two WCOOP titles on his CV already, he knows how to get the job done. Watson did just that, clinching his third to deny Schwartz his back-to-back and bank $20,438. Watson now has 10 COOP titles plus a Blowout Series trophy and is considered one of the greatest SCOOP players of all time with seven titles. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Watson or Schwartz (who won $13,875 for second place) find their way back to the winner’s circle before this series is over.

Plesuv wins maiden title

Plesuv wins the Thrill: Three huge Thursday Thrill events resumed play on Saturday with big prizes and juicy bounties up for grabs. Russia’s “MR.HELLPIG” defeated Twitch streamer “Tom_Poker_NL” to take down the $55 low edition for $49,078 including bounties, having outlasted more than 13,000 entries. Over in the $530 medium edition, it was talented high stakes pro Pavel “silentm0de” Plesuv who emerged victorious out of 2,447 entries to win his maiden WCOOP title, having won his first SCOOP title only last year. For this victory, Plesuv–who has more than $4.5 million in live cashes–earned $77,048 for first plus $67,247 in bounties and Moldova’s second title of the series. Not too shabby.

Ben “Spraggy” Spragg

“Spaise411” wins star-studded $5K: In Friday’s report, we told you how Ben “Spraggy” Spragg was down to the final 20 in the $5K Thursday Thrill PKO with almost $13K locked up. Alas, he couldn’t add to the amount and busted in 16th, but he left behind plenty of big names to battle it out for the title. In the end, it was Russia’s “spaise411” who won his first WCOOP title for $149,837 including bounties, overcoming a ridiculous final table that included Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker, and Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph, to name just a few.

Brazil dominates #30, IExPlay! wins second: One event which started and ended on Saturday was #30, a turbo freezeout with $22, $215, and $2,100 buy-ins. All three were won by Brazilians, taking the country’s tally up to 19 for the series. “Fiorikopke69” won the low for $12,737, “Manu8866” took down the medium for $34,698, and “WizardOffAz” came out on top in the high for $63,304, each for their first-ever WCOOP titles. Meanwhile in the $109 5-Card PLO8, Russia’s “IExPlay!” won their second WCOOP title for $13,858, having also won a PLO8 event in 2020 for $33,236.

Two FTs now for Shaban

Shaban comes close again: The last WCOOP tournament of the day saw two PokerStars Team Pros and Twitch stars run very deep. The $1K 7-Max Turbo PKO had 382 total entries and both Spraggy and Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban made the final two tables. Spraggy’s run came to an end in 13th for $2,769 plus $1,375 in bounties, but Shaban went on to make his second final table of the series before busting in seventh for $4,679 plus $3,250. The FT was a toughie with “MAMOHT_T” and Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson in contention, but it was Russia’s “_m0ney2_89” who took home the trophy, earning $33,950 plus $45,207 for their first WCOOP win.


*denotes deal
†inc. bounties


A billion bucks is a big deal and with total prize pools at $28,205,421 and growing, WCOOP has officially awarded more than $1 billion in prizes. First-place prizes in 2021 have now eclipsed $4 million, too.

Tournaments completed: 81
Entries: 342,035 (inc. 78,984 re-entries)
Prize pools: $28,205,421
First-place prizes: $4,002,228 (inc. $803,187 in bounties)
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 18

Stats refer to completed tournaments only


GG to Spraggy in the $5K.


It’s got to be this one from Fintan “easywithaces” Hand.


Brazil now has almost double the titles of its closest competitors, Russia and the UK. If they keep winning titles at this rate, it’s going to be hard for any nation to catch them.

Current standings:

19 titles — Brazil
10 — Russia
10 — UK
7 — Austria
5 — Netherlands
3 — Canada, Mexico, Ukraine
2 — Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Sweden
1 — Andorra, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland.


Things are really heating up in all categories as we’ve seen some major movements after Saturday’s WCOOP session. Canada’s “Camilancefieldg” now leads the overall, medium and low leader boards (tied in the latter), while Patrick “pads1161” Leonard reclaims the top spot in the high.


1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 550 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 525
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 520
4 – krakura (Russia) – 410
5 – renemastermi (Germany) – 395

Prize: $25,000 to the winner


1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (UK) – 295 points
2 – Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (Austria) – 280
=3 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson (Sweden) – 265
=3 – Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani (Brazil) – 265
=5 – Pablo “pabritz” Brito (Brazil) – 250
=5 – Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (Austria) – 250

Prizes: 1st — $15,000; 2nd — $10,000; 3rd — $5,000


1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 300 points
2 – bedias (Brazil) – 230
3 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 220
4 – Mr.Creditor (Russia) – 215
=5 – joaoMathias (Brazil) – 195
=5 – OLD TIME GIN (Canada) – 195

Prizes: 1st — $10,000; 2nd — $7,500; 3rd — $5,000; 4th — $2,500; 5th — $1,500; 6th-10th — $1,000


=1 – Camilancefieldg (Canada) – 250 points
=1 – FONBET_RULIT (Russia) – 250
=1 – renemastermi (Germany) – 250 points
=4 – ekvilibryst (Ukraine) – 200
=4 – KaiHix (Netherlands) – 200

Prizes: 1st — $5,000; 2nd — $2,500; 3rd — $1,500; 4th — $1,000; 5th — $500; 6th-10th — $300; 11th-20th — $150

Read a full explanation of this year’s promotions.


It’s Sunday and that can only mean one thing: an enormous day of grinding. Take a deep breath and behold at all that WCOOP has to offer…

WCOOP-32: Sunday Kickoff SE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $125K, $300K, $350K

WCOOP-33: NLHE 8-Max PKO Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $50K, $250K, $350K

WCOOP-34: NLHE 8-Max Sunday Million SE
Buy-ins: $215, $2,100, $25,000
Guarantees: $1.25M, $1M, $3M

WCOOP-35: 5-Card PLO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $50K, $125K, $250K

WCOOP-36: NLHE PKO Freezeout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $100K, $300K, $300K

WCOOP-37: NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown SE
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $300K, $400K, $500K


Live broadcasts of WCOOP 2021 go out every Monday through Wednesday featuring cards up coverage of the biggest final tables and expert commentary from James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton and a host of special guests. Click for full details.

You can watch on the PokerStars YouTube channel, the PokerStars YouTube UK channel, or PokerStars’ Twitch channel.

Broadcast schedule:

PokerStars TV WCOOP Broadcast Schedule


Our friends at Poker News will be bringing you live updates from a number of events during WCOOP. Head to their Live Reporting pages to see the action unfold in real time.

Poker News WCOOP reporting schedule:

WCOOP 22-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 22-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 34-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 34-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller], $3M Gtd
WCOOP 42-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max], $700K Gtd
WCOOP 51-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $800K Gtd
WCOOP 52-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $500K Gtd
WCOOP 63-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 63-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 71-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $650K Gtd
WCOOP 80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 91-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $1.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $2.5M Gtd
WCOOP 91-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $10M Gtd
WCOOP 92-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $750K Gtd
WCOOP 92-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $1M Gtd
WCOOP 94-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $1.25M Gtd
WCOOP 01-H: $109 NLHE [Phase 2], $1M Gtd


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