Not One, But TWO PokerStars Ambassadors Win WCOOP Titles!


Benjamin Spragg and Parker Talbot

September 9 was yet another action-packed day at the PokerStars virtual felt with the 2021 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) creating many more champions and huge payouts.

There were outright victories for team PokerStars’ Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg and Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot, plus Finnish superstar Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro among others, while Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph put himself in contention, yet again, to become a triple WCOOP champion.

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PokerStars’ “Spraggy” Becomes Two Time WCOOP Champion

Benjamin Spragg
Benjamin Spragg

Team PokerStars’ Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg can call himself a two-time WCOOP champion after the popular British pro took down the WCOOP-83-H: $1,050 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout] for a total prize worth $67,968.

Spragg’s first WCOOP victory came in 2020 when he struck gold on the opening night. On that occasion, Spragg outlasted 12,192 runners in the $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE]. The second victory was far more special.

Some 343 players piled into the WCOOP-83-H: $1,050 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout] event and created a $343,000 prize pool. Dozens of elite stars were among those entrants, including Spragg’s Team PokerStars teammates Lex “L. Veldhuis” Veldhuis, Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes,, Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle, Ramon “RamonColillas” Colillas, and recent WCOOP champion Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot. Spragg was the only red spade to win some of the main prize pool’s money, however.

At the final table, Spragg contended with the likes of Dutch grinder “Pimmss” and Kenny “kenny05” Smaron, before finding himself heads-up against Hungary’s “Wildace_hun.” He was guaranteed $30,484 from the main prize pool, but the bounty payments were huge at this stage, so large that when Spragg defeated his final opponent, he received an additional $37,484 to his obvious delight:

WCOOP-83-H: $1,050 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout] Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounties Prize Total Prize
1 Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg United Kingdom $37,484 $30,484 $67,968
2 Wildace_hun Hungary $13,437 $30,484 $43,921
3 Killer_ooooo Netherlands $3,203 $17,793 $20,996
4 PeroQmaloSoy Andorra $4,421 $11,018 $15,439
5 Kenny “kenny05” Smaron Costa Rica $2,250 $7,546 $9,796
6 YacuTTi Russia $5,406 $5,831 $11,237
7 Pimmss Netherlands $1,625 $4,201 $5,826

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Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot Becomes a 2021 WCOOP Champion!

Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot is a 2021 WCOOP champion after the popular streamer triumphed in the WCOOP-75-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $400K Gtd event, a result that came with a cool $108,729. Talbot revealed on Twitter that this was the first Day 2 he had managed to navigate his way to, and boy did he make it counts.

Ninety-one players exchanged $5,200 for 100,000 chips and the chance to become a poker world champion. Only 11 of those starters received a slice of the $455,000 prize pool, with “CrazyLissy” crashing out in 12th place and bursting the money bubble.

Each of the eight finalists locked up $17,900 for their efforts, but Talbot had his sights set on far more money.

Such luminaries as Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski, Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, and Mark “AceSpades11” Radoja crashed out, leaving only five players in the tournament. Those five were whittled to the final two, which saw Talbot lock horns with Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone of Uruguay.

No deal was struck despite a $24,000 difference between first and second place. This meant Talbot reel in a monster-sized $108,729 when he defeated Petrone heads-up, leaving the Uruguayan to console himself with the $84,027 runner-up prize.

WCOOP-75-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $400K Gtd Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot Canada $108,729
2 Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone Uruguay $84,027
3 Camilancefieldg Canada $64,937
4 urwijn69 Netherland $50,184
5 boerni21 Hungary $38,782
6 Mark “AceSpades11” Radoja Canada $29,971
7 Patrick “pads1161” Leonard United Kingdom $23,162
8 Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski Brazil $17,900

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2021 WCOOP Results From September 9

Daniel Smiljkovic
Daniel Smiljkovic

Another 11 champions were crowned on September 9, including Austrian sensation Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic who walked away with $61,090 and the WCOOP 75-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $350K Gtd title.

Finland’s Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro got in on the action, too. The high stakes specialist padded his bankroll with almost $83,000 by finishing first in the WCOOP 82-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $300K Gtd event.

WCOOP 75-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $200K Gtd

Entries 4,335
Prize Pool $216,750
Winner MAIRONFO (Brazil)
First-place Prize $30,918

WCOOP 75-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $350K Gtd

Entries 656
Prize Pool $350,000
Winner Daniel “SmilleThHero” Smiljkovic (Austria)
First-place Prize $61,090

WCOOP 76-L: $22 5-Card NLO8 [6-Max], $35K Gtd

Entries 2,238
Prize Pool $44,760
Winner borygo (Poland)
First-place Prize $6,669

WCOOP 76-M: $215 5-Card NLO8 [6-Max], $85K Gtd

Entries 476
Prize Pool $95,200
Winner thomber26 (Norway)
First-place Prize $16,929

WCOOP 76-H: $2,100 5-Card NLO8 [6-Max], $175K Gtd

Entries 138
Prize Pool $276,000
Winner kubapol1990 (Poland)
First-place Prize $52,106 (heads-up deal)

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WCOOP 82-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Freezeout], $100K Gtd

Entries 6,319
Prize Pool $126,380
Winner phlowzen (Switzerland)
First-place Prize $17,965

WCOOP 82-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Freezeout], $200K Gtd

Entries 1,381
Prize Pool $276,200
Winner Giant_Santos (Brazil)
First-place Prize $42,775

WCOOP 82-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $300K Gtd

Entries 211
Prize Pool $422,000
Winner Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro (Finland)
First-place Prize $82,808

WCOOP 83-L: $11 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout], $100K Gtd

Entries 8,207
Prize Pool $100,000
Winner JefersonBonfim (Brazil)
First-place Prize $9,773 including bounties

WCOOP 83-M: $109 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, PKO, Freezeout], $250K Gtd

Entries 2,813
Prize Pool $281,300
Winner boss_bobo (Netherlands)
First-place Prize $23,889 including bounties

In-Play

Jonathan Proudfoot
Jonathan Proudfoot

Nine WCOOP events shuffled up and dealt on September 9 and conclude today, September 10. British star Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot finds himself in pole position in the WCOOP 78-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max], $250K Gtd event where $80,502 awaits the eventual champion. Proudfoot is in hot form having won a huge $268,960 in a WPT World Online Championship High Roller event earlier this week.

Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph is gunning for what would be his third WCOOP title in the WCOOP 80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill], $750K Gtd, where the PokerNews Live Reporting team are on the ground giving you a blow-by-blow account.

WCOOP 78-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max], $65K Gtd

Entries 9,902
Players Left 49
Prize Pool $97,039
Chip Leader kris_r9 (Greece)
First-place Prize $13,149

WCOOP 78-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max], $200K Gtd

Entries 3,185
Players Left 43
Prize Pool $318,500
Chip Leader Tiu [email protected] (Brazil)
First-place Prize $45,885

WCOOP 78-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max], $250K Gtd

Entries 451
Players Left 24
Prize Pool $451,000
Chip Leader Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize $80,502

WCOOP 80-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Mini Thursday Thrill], $600K Gtd

Entries 5,723
Players Left 161
Prize Pool $600,000
Chip Leader flukesfla (Ireland)
First-place Prize $37,961 plus bounties

WCOOP 80-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill], $850K Gtd

Entries 966
Players Left 73
Prize Pool $966,000
Chip Leader Breno2728 (Brazil)
First-place Prize $68,395 plus bounties

WCOOP 80-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill], $750K Gtd

Entries 106
Players Left 9
Prize Pool $1,060,000
Chip Leader Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (Austria)
First-place Prize $107,949 plus bounties

WCOOP 81-L: $11 HORSE [8-Max], $20K Gtd

Entries 2,174
Players Left 93
Prize Pool $21,305
Chip Leader invazcrash (Belarus)
First-place Prize $3,623

WCOOP 81-M: $109 HORSE [8-Max], $50K Gtd

Entries 559
Players Left 62
Prize Pool $55,900
Chip Leader sqmpork (Sweden)
First-place Prize $10,509

WCOOP 81-H: $1,050 HORSE [8-Max], $100K Gtd

Entries 106
Players Left 16
Prize Pool $106,000
Chip Leader NicoBoko (Germany)
First-place Prize $25,970

2021 WCOOP Side Events Scheduled on September 10

As is usually the case during WCOOP, there are no numbered events starting on Friday. However, there are nine side events schedule with Fusion, 8-Game, and 25 big blind stacks 7-Max Turbo PKO being the variants.

Date Time (ET) Event
Fri 10 Sep 1:05 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $2.20 Fusion [6-Max], $2K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 1:05 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $22 Fusion [6-Max], $7.5K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 1:05 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $215 Fusion [6-Max], $20K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 2:15 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $5.50 8-Game [6-Max], $10K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 2:15 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $55 8-Game [6-Max], $20K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 2:15 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $215 8-Game [6-Max], $25K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 3:35 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $11 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, PKO, 25BB stacks], $20K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 3:35 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $55 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, PKO, 25BB stacks], $30K Gtd
Fri 10 Sep 3:35 p.m. WCOOP Side Event: $215 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, PKO, 25BB stacks], $40K Gtd