WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]
WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]
Day 1 Completed

Van den Bijgaart, Pavlovic and Quoss Among Big Stacks After Day 1 in WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam]

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,500 ante
Joep Van Den Bijgaart
Joep Van Den Bijgaart

A big field emerged in WCOOP-48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam] as the event drew a total of 3,856 entries, which created a prize pool of $1,928,000 and easily surpassed the $1.5 million guarantee in the latest PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2020 mid-stakes tournament.

The money bubble burst in the last hour of play and more than 200 players took home a portion of the cash prize pool along with any bounties they collected so far. Once the post-bubble madness concluded after some 50 minutes, the remaining field was whittled down to just 351 hopefuls who have all secured two pay jumps already.

Among the top eight who all turned their starting stack of 100,000 to more than trey million, it was Poland's "eStfu" who claimed a narrow lead with 3,921,999 followed by the Dutch duo "Netstorm" (3,899,249) and Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (3,597,692). There are other curious nicknames with big stacks including "Instagram model" (3,454,152), Hannes "SuchADegen" Speiser (3,168,091), and Denis "NEWFlat" Timofeev (2,774,324) to name just a few.

Other familiar names with stacks well above the average include Rui "Silden4filho" Bouquet (3,089,139), Job "DeadNylan" Greben (2,329,429), online poker streamer Hristivoje "All In PAV" Pavlovic (2,1,07,332), Fabian "fabstinho" Quoss (1,905,805) and Ramiro "ramastar88" Petrone (1,816,113).

Fabian Quoss
Fabian Quoss at the 2020 Aussie Millions

The action of the day

The event allowed for a maximum of four entries and it was not uncommon that big names of the online and live poker circuit fired more than one bullet in order to claim bounties or run up a big stack. During the registration period, the field grew almost every second, and the guarantee was surpassed a few hours in.

Two PokerStars ambassadors were aiming to add another WCOOP title to their resume as Ben "Spraggy" Spragg and Fintan "easywithaces" Hand had claimed their maiden victories earlier in the festival. Spragg's first bullet came to an early end, he then re-entered and busted with a flopped queen-high flush as Lorenzo "charlie580" Bazei hit the nut flush right away. Hand scored an early double with aces versus ace-king but then became short and lost a flip with king-eight suited versus deuces.

Fintan Hand
Fintan Hand

Some of those that racked up several bounty prizes and a lot of chips early on but bowed out before the money included Joao "IneedMassari" Simao, Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer, David "MonkeyBausss" Laka, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, Daniil "Dancer King" Kiselev, and Niklas "Lena900" Astedt in a field filled with the biggest names of online poker.

As the money bubble drew close right after the final break of the night, it was former EPT Main Event champion Robin "robinho" Ylitalo that became the last casualty without any portion of the cash prize pool. Gianluca "Tankanza" Speranza hit the rail right after for a min-cash and many dozen hopes of an even deeper run vanished in the minutes after.

When all was done and dusted, some eight minutes remained of level 21 at blinds of 10,000/20,000 with a running ante of 2,500 and that's where all remaining Day 1 survivors will continue. The action recommences the following day at 1.05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and the penultimate day is slated to play down to the final 16.

Stay tuned to find out who makes it one step further then as the PokerNews live reporting team will provide the action until a champion has been crowned.

Assorted Big Stacks and Notables

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,500 ante
eStfu pl
pl 3,921,999 3,921,999
Netstorm NL
NL 3,899,249 3,899,249
Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart NL
Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart
NL 3,597,692 1,377,038
Radogoszcz pl
pl 3,582,112 3,582,112
Instagram model at
Instagram model
at 3,454,152 569,492
jokkee_apart no
no 3,356,240 3,356,240
Hannes "SuchADegen" Speiser AT
Hannes "SuchADegen" Speiser
AT 3,168,091 5,000
Rui "Silden4filho" Bouquet PT
Rui "Silden4filho" Bouquet
PT 3,089,139 3,089,139
WhoAreYoux1 be
be 2,942,474 2,942,474
yAAwn ca
ca 2,850,642 2,850,642
AkulaGame KZ
KZ 2,811,791 2,811,791
Denis "NEWFlat" Timofeev ru
Denis "NEWFlat" Timofeev
ru 2,774,324 2,774,324
Flush098765 gt
gt 2,650,005 2,650,005
baneris lt
lt 2,538,297 2,538,297
mahmuttt88 fi
fi 2,448,477 2,448,477
19Pistike93 hu
hu 2,425,379 504,400
6upsuperyjyj CN
CN 2,417,726 2,417,726
DuTTiFruTTi9 gb
gb 2,362,560 2,362,560
BG 2,350,107 2,350,107
Job "DeadNylan" Greben NL
Job "DeadNylan" Greben
NL 2,329,429 2,329,429
AdVictoria se
se 2,300,198 2,300,198
salaliitto FI
FI 2,189,208 327,100
Stacy99 CA
CA 2,139,662 1,052,793
Hristivoje "All In PAV" Pavlovic
Hristivoje "All In PAV" Pavlovic
2,107,332 55,308
Fabian "fabstinho" Quoss de
Fabian "fabstinho" Quoss
de 1,905,805 -23,941

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Day 1 Completed

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,500 ante

More than 200 players have been eliminated since the money bubble burst right after the final break of the night and Day 1 has now concluded with 351 hopefuls remaining. Assorted late casualties, chip counts and a recap of today's action are to follow.

Late Casualties in the Money on Day 1

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,500 ante
xh2232 CN
CN Busted
Dietrich "2pacnrw16" Fast de
Dietrich "2pacnrw16" Fast
de Busted
Matias "Festivuss" Gabrenja AR
Matias "Festivuss" Gabrenja
AR Busted
birs320 MT
MT Busted
PL Busted
milennial bg
bg Busted
nz Busted
Peter "Belabacsi" Traply hu
Peter "Belabacsi" Traply
hu Busted
Michael "merla888" Gathy BE
Michael "merla888" Gathy
BE Busted
bogdanel27 ro
ro Busted
Flavio "flavioreis88" Reis br
Flavio "flavioreis88" Reis
br Busted
Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna fi
Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna
fi Busted
Rodrigo "sonmonedas" Perez AR
Rodrigo "sonmonedas" Perez
AR Busted
Joni "bustoville" Jouhkimainen FI
Joni "bustoville" Jouhkimainen
FI Busted
Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas GR
Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas
GR Busted
Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer gb
Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer
gb Busted
huiiiiiiiiii at
at Busted
Paul "Fold Machiii" Dando gb
Paul "Fold Machiii" Dando
gb Busted
German "germaxi" Christiansen
German "germaxi" Christiansen
Schildy1984 at
at Busted
Filipe "Zagazaur" Oliveira pt
Filipe "Zagazaur" Oliveira
pt Busted
JustTrappedU at
at Busted
ketzerfelipe br
br Busted

Quenneville Departs Late On

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,500 ante

Following the open shove by "MariusB1405" for more than 16 blinds, Troy "teckidtq" Quenneville called for fewer than that on the button.

Troy "teckidtq" Quenneville: {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}
"MariusB1405": {a-Spades}{j-Spades}

The French-Canadian was ahead preflop but the {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{8-Spades}{q-Spades}{4-Spades} board provided running spades for a flush.

BadLuck82 RO
RO 1,269,644 753,517
MariusB1405 NO
NO 663,546 663,546
Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich
Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich
302,510 302,510
Troy "teckidtq" Quenneville ca
Troy "teckidtq" Quenneville
ca Busted

Speiser Near the Top

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,500 ante
diffsam vs Speiser
diffsam vs Speiser

Yet another late flip saw "diffsam" at risk on the button with the {6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and Hannes "SuchADegen" Speiser in the hijack tabled {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}.

On a board of {k-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, the overcard struck on the turn and Speiser added the pot of more than half a million, bumping his own up to more than 3.1 million.

Hannes "SuchADegen" Speiser AT
Hannes "SuchADegen" Speiser
AT 3,163,091
MLS20 at
at 1,019,751 -689,073
diffsam bg
bg Busted

Late Exit for Mattsson

zedmaster84 • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,500 ante
Mattsson eliminated
Mattsson eliminated

Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson got his short stack in with a flip as he tabled the {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}. On the button, Austria's "huiiiiiiiiii" isolated with the {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and the {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} board favoured the pocket pair.

Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov RU
Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov
RU 1,192,764 1,192,764
huiiiiiiiiii at
at 700,329 700,329
Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson SE
Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson
SE Busted

Next Batch of Casualties

zedmaster84 • Level 20: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Matsull wins three-way all-in
Matsull wins three-way all-in

Hungary's "Zsiffin" scored a big double through "Matsull" who then won a three-way pot to bust "Man.unt85" and double through big stack "fczpiter". It was four ways to the {q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop as Mihai "Mihai Nutt" Niste folded against the betting action of the other three players.

"Man.unt85,": {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}
"Matsull": {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
"fczpiter": {q-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}

The {5-Hearts} fell on the turn and the {6-Diamonds} river ensured the near triple up for "Matsull".

fczpiter RU
RU 2,423,186 538,536
Mihai "Mihai Nutt" Niste ro
Mihai "Mihai Nutt" Niste
ro 1,726,397 945,998
Matsull NO
NO 1,447,479 1,447,479
Man.unt85 RU
RU Busted
Manuel "manuverd0n" Bardon es
Manuel "manuverd0n" Bardon
es Busted
Pablo "elmelogno4" Melogno UY
Pablo "elmelogno4" Melogno
UY Busted
acekicker342 CA
CA Busted
Chocoyote DE
DE Busted