PokerStars’ Ben "Spraggy" Spragg Reaches Day 2 of the WCOOP $2K Thursday Thrill

Ben "Spraggy" Spragg

September 2 was Day 12 of the $100 million guaranteed World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the series showed no signs of slowing down. Two massive events reached their resepctive Day 2s under the watchful eyes of the PokerNews Live Reporting team, while 15 players go into the weekend being able to call themselves a WCOOP champion.

Here is what went down on Day 12 of the 2021 WCOOP.

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Silva Leads the $2,100 Thursday Thrill But Spraggy Is In The Hunt

The 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) roared ahead on Thursday at PokerStars with the WCOOP 51-H: $2,100 Thursday Thrill attracting 480 entries for a $960,000 prize pool to smash to $800,000 guarantee by 20 percent.

The action was down to just 62 hopefuls by the end of the day, each of whom advanced to Day 2 in the money with a $2,138 min-cash in their pocket along with any bounties collected along the way.

Brazil's Eduardo "Eduardo850" Silva advanced to Day 2 as the chip leader after winning a massive pot near the end of the day. Silva is in hot form having finished Day 1 of WCOOP 49-H: $1,050 NLHE as chip leader on the same night.

Dozens of stars are through to Day 2, including Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet, Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford, Thomas "WushuTM" Muehlocker, and recent WCOOP champion Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich.

However, all eyes are on PokerStars Ambassador Ben "Spraggy" Spragg who was the sole PokerStars Ambassador to advance to Day 2. Spragg returns to the action with one of the shorter stacks (796,810) but the army of fans from his Twitch channel will be hopeful their hero can turn things around.

2021 WCOOP-51-H: $2,100 Thursday Thrill Day 1 Top Ten Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds
1Eduardo "Eduardo850" SilvaBrazil8,318,217238
2Jon "apestyles" Van FleetUnited States6,915,322198
5Conor "1_conor_b_1" BeresfordUnited Kingdom4,595,770131
6Remi Lebo_10Ukraine4,473,080128
7Ilya "thienlao21" KorobkinUkraine3,898,962111
9Markku "markovitsus" KoplimaaEstonia3,606,882103

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Denis Strebkov Leads Final Five in WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller

Denis Strebkov
Denis Strebkov

Only five players remain in contention for the next title of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2021 and Russia's Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov chases an unprecedented tenth victory. Event WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller drew a field of 44 entries and came up short of meeting the $500,000 guarantee, providing additional value to the mixed game aficionados.

Once the bubble had burst with the elimination of Austrian player "donthnrmepls", it was nine-time WCOOP winner Strebkov who led the survivors with a stack of nearly 1.5 million. He spent most of the day near the top of the leaderboard and but still has a tough battle ahead if he wishes to extend his lead on the all-time ranking of the annual flagship series on PokerStars.

Defending champion "RaulGonzalez" is close behind in second place with a stack of more than 1.3 million while Ari "BodogAri" Engel turned a max-late entry into another shot at a maiden WCOOP title. Furthermore, the five-time WCOOP champions Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski and Joao "Naza114" Vieira also made the cut as well.

WCOOP-52-H: $10,300 8-Game High Roller Day 2 Chip Counts

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Bets
1Denis "aDrENalin710" StrebkovRussia1,457,29624
3Ari "BodogAri" EngelCanada804,23613
4Yuri "theNERDguy" DzivielevskiBrazil454,1748
5Joao "Naza114" VieiraPortugal378,6406

The final five players will return on Saturday, September 4 at 2.15 pm EST to determine a champion. Action resumes with blinds of 6,250 / 12,500 and around seven minutes remaining in Pot-Limit Omaha. All finalists have $36,091 locked up for their efforts and the eventual winner can look forward to the title, trophy and top prize of $196,176.

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2021 WCOOP Results From September 2

Benny Glaser
Benny Glaser

Another 15 PokerStars players became WCOOP champions on September 2, including British mixed game specialist Benny "RunGodlike" Glaser who took down the WCOOP 50-M: $55 NLO8 [6-Max], $50K Gtd for his fourth WCOOP title and almost $9,300 in prize money.

Glaser’s fellow Brit, Simon "simon1471" Higgins, will no doubt be celebrating today after emerging from the WCOOP 53-H: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo Freezeout], $500K Gtd victoriously and with his PokerStars account crammed full of the event’s $127,846 top prize.

WCOOP 45-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO], $175K Gtd

Prize Pool$222,616
Winneroilbullrider (Canada)
First-place Prize$14,820 including bounties

WCOOP 45-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO], $600K Gtd

Prize Pool$723,600
WinnerPatrick "Nelepo10" Ulyssea (Brazil)
First-place Prize$64,827 including bounties

WCOOP 45-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $175K Gtd

Prize Pool$833,000
WinnerEbaaaa11 (Russia)
First-place Prize$131,309 including bounties

Peterman Bags First WCOOP Title After Stacked $5,200 NLHE Final Table

WCOOP 47-L: $11 NLHE [Heads-Up], $35K Gtd

Prize Pool$35,000
WinnerExtra-Lost (Netherlands)
First-place Prize$3,687

WCOOP 47-M: $109 NLHE [Heads-Up], $85K Gtd

Prize Pool$102,400
WinnerLaurie "LaliTournier" Tournier (Brazil)
First-place Prize$15,486

WCOOP 47-H: $1,050 NLHE [Heads-Up], $175K Gtd

Prize Pool$175,000
WinnerJack "jackstack99" Ketendjian (Canada)
First-place Prize$38,500

WCOOP 50-L: $5.50 NLO8 [6-Max], $15K Gtd

Prize Pool$18,203
Winnertorsilov (Russia)
First-place Prize$2,606

WCOOP 50-M: $55 NLO8 [6-Max], $50K Gtd

Prize Pool$58,800
WinnerBenny "RunGodlike" Glaser (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$9,292

WCOOP 50-H: $530 NLO8 [6-Max], $100K Gtd

Prize Pool$142,00
Winnervincelis (Lithuania)
First-place Prize$27,104

WCOOP 53-L: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo Freezeout], $200K Gtd

Prize Pool$200,000
WinnerOstlyngen193 (Norway)
First-place Prize$28,581
Ronan Sweeney
Ronan Sweeney

WCOOP 53-M: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo Freezeout], $250K Gtd

Prize Pool$297,500
WinnerRonan "Sw33ney" Sweeney (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$52,306

WCOOP 53-H: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo Freezeout], $500K Gtd

Prize Pool$535,000
WinnerSimon "simon1471" Higgins (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$127,846

WCOOP 54-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO Freezeout], $85K Gtd

Prize Pool$85,000
WinnerTwiggie1990 (United Kingdom)
First-place Prize$7,486 including bounties

WCOOP 54-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO Freezeout], $300K Gtd

Prize Pool$300,000
Winnern1ceK (Russia)
First-place Prize$33,126 including bounties

WCOOP 54-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO Freezeout], $250K Gtd

Prize Pool$320,000
Winnerdrogba060193 (Brazil)
First-place Prize$70,726 including bounties


Seven other WCOOP events progressed to Day 2 on September 2, and they return to the virtual felt on September 3.

WCOOP 49-L: $11 NLHE, $75K Gtd

Players Left91
Prize Pool$109,691
Chip LeaderMR.HELLPIG (Costa Rica)
First-place Prize$14,335

WCOOP 49-M: $109 NLHE, $200K Gtd

Players Left49
Prize Pool$320,800
Chip LeaderAlex "FutureofMe" Kulev (Ireland)
First-place Prize$46,217

WCOOP 49-H: $1,050 NLHE, $250K Gtd

Players Left17
Prize Pool$355,000
Chip LeaderEduardo "Eduardo850" Silva (Brazil)
First-place Prize$65,434

Veldhuis Gunning for 2021 WCOOP Title and Elusive Six-Figure Score

WCOOP 51-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $225K Gtd

Players Left210
Prize Pool$229,140
Chip Leaderlastdayever (Germany)
First-place Prize$12,798 plus bounties

WCOOP 51-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Thursday Thrill SE], $500K Gtd

Players Left83
Prize Pool$597,400
Chip Leadermakemevision (Ukraine)
First-place Prize$36,934 plus bounties

WCOOP 52-L: $109 8-Game [6-Max], $50K Gtd

Players Left48
Prize Pool$72,800
Chip LeaderDimitrisA7 (Belgium)
First-place Prize$12,365

WCOOP 52-M: $1,050 8-Game [6-Max], $100K Gtd

Players Left10
Prize Pool$130,000
Chip LeaderJens "Fresh_oO_D" Lakemeier (Austria)
First-place Prize$29,225

2021 WCOOP Side Events Scheduled on September 3

There are no new WCOOP events taking place on September 3, but there are ten WCOOP Side Events for you to get your teeth into if you do not fancy a break from the WCOOP action!

DateTime (ET)Event
Fri 3 Sep13:05$5.50 WCOOP Side Event: NLHE [Win The Button], $10K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep13:05$22 WCOOP Side Event: NLHE [Win The Button], $30K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep13:05$215 WCOOP Side Event: NLHE [Win The Button], $50K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep14:00$11 WCOOP Side Event: [Pye’s Hold’em Invitational [Progressive KO], $25K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep14:15$5.50 WCOOP Side Event: PLO [Chat Pros Choice]. $8K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep14:15$22 WCOOP Side Event: PLO [Chat Pros Choice]. $15K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep14:15$215 WCOOP Side Event: PLO [Chat Pros Choice]. $30K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep15:30$11 WCOOP Side Event: NLHE [Progressive KO, Big Knockouts], $30K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep15:30$55 WCOOP Side Event: NLHE [Progressive KO, Big Knockouts], $100K Gtd
Fri 3 Sep15:30$530 WCOOP Side Event: NLHE [Progressive KO, Big Knockouts], $150K Gtd
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