PokerStars WCOOP 2021

WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $1.5M Gtd
Day: 1
Event Info

PokerStars WCOOP 2021

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
1,500,000 / 3,000,000
Players Info - Day 1
Players Left

WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $1.5M Gtd

Day 1 Completed

PokerStars Ambassador Sam "SamSquid" Grafton Leads the Way into Day 2 of WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $1.5M GTD

Level 23 : 17,500/35,000, 4,500 ante
Sam Grafton
Sam Grafton

The World Championship of Online Poker had a full slate today on PokerStars, but no other event came close to the $1,606,500 prize pool that was accumulated here in WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $1.5M Guarantee after 3,213 registration slips were sold.

The first day lasted just under eight hours before runners bagged up for the night, and now just 200 are left in the hunt for a WCOOP title, along with the $231,598 first-place money. A great turnout out destroyed the guarantee, creating a larger than anticipated field and when the last chance saloon had closed for business, it was none other than PokerStars ambassador Sam "SamSquid" Grafton leading the way with his hearty 4,651,481 chip stack.

Grafton took down some early pots and hovered around the top of the food chain throughout the day but a pair of ducks put him firmly in first towards the end of the night. Giorgios "Geokarak" Karakousis opened with ace-ten and Grafton called on the button with his deuces. A ten-high board hit Karakousis but a two was also present and Grafton wiped Karakousis' stack from existence to take the tournament lead with just hands left in the night.

"sokol47" is next on the leaderboard, sitting with 4,585,759, and is another player who treaded near the top for most of the day but couldn't quite take the lead. Rounding out the top five are "ich_b1n_du" (4,527,663), "tcavallin" (4,453,519), and Tomi "Jabracada" Hall (4,319,513).

Top 10 Counts of WCOOP-04-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $1.5M Guarantee

PlacePlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Sam "SamSquid" GraftonUnited Kingdom4,651,481133
3"ich_b1n_du"United Kingdom4,527,663129
5Tomi "Jabracada" HallUnited Kingdom4,319,513123
6Luke "Bit2Easy" ReevesUnited Kingdom4,265,271122
8"Flying Smile"Russia3,961,009113
9"Mr. Havener"Brazil3,575,007102

The tournament had a $1,500,000 guarantee set and the 3,213 player field blew past it, creating a $1,606,500 prize pool that had a total of 383 set to receive at least a min-cash worth $1,173 with the eventual champion taking home a monstrous $231,598 first-place prize. Once the late registration period ended, only 975 players were left and it was not long before the bubble popped and it was Grafton leading the way.

An onslaught of eliminations followed, dropping down to 200 before the first day was a wrap and many notables hit the rail, including Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot (368th - $1,173), Brunno "botteonpoker" Botteon (348th - $1,173), Marc "Rowniwn" Radgen (281st - $1,401), Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle (259th - $1,401), Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank (229th - $1,673), and Ramon "RamonColillas" Colillas (215th - $1,673).

The remaining players will be returning tomorrow August 23 at 2:05 GMT for Day 2 where blinds will resume on Level 23 at 17,500/35,000 with a 4,500 ante. Blinds will remain 20-minutes in length and play will not end until just 16 are left to bag up for the third and final day where a champion will be crowned.

The PokerNews live reporting team will be bringing all of the updates throughout this event, so stay tuned as the action unfolds.

Tags: ACNRULESbencb789Flying Smilegeokarakich_b1n_dulissi stinktModzillaPLSam Graftontcavallin

Assorted End of Day Chip Counts

Level 23 : 17,500/35,000, 4,500 ante
Player Chips Progress
Sam "SamSquid" Grafton
Sam "SamSquid" Grafton
4,651,481 1,326,481
sokol47 ru
4,585,759 665,759
ich_b1n_du ua
4,527,663 1,227,663
tcavallin ca
4,453,519 1,853,519
Tomi "Jabracada" Hall gb
Tomi "Jabracada" Hall
4,319,513 673,513
Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves gb
Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves
4,265,271 759,271
ModzillaPL pl
4,084,688 64,688
Flying Smile ru
Flying Smile
3,961,009 -323,991
Mr. Havener br
Mr. Havener
3,575,007 -154,993
3,493,413 3,493,413
Ilya "thienlao21" Korobkin ua
Ilya "thienlao21" Korobkin
3,481,557 211,557
Naked:D ua
3,404,325 3,404,325
Martin "martin12389" Schejtman ar
Martin "martin12389" Schejtman
3,325,414 3,325,414
GimmieBiggums ca
3,285,810 3,285,810
Daniel "SmilleThHero" Smiljkovic
Daniel "SmilleThHero" Smiljkovic
3,213,375 3,213,375
sinashgh ca
3,078,680 3,078,680
DubbCitySauce gb
2,831,707 2,831,707
hahuaha br
2,830,201 1,210,201
hszabi95 hu
2,770,946 383,500
Daniel "Kihlström" Kihlström se
Daniel "Kihlström" Kihlström
2,764,287 2,764,287

Hand Takes Down Last One of the Night

Level 23 : 17,500/35,000, 4,500 ante

The last hand of the night on Table 55 saw "MrHyde97" open to 70,000 from middle position and Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand then three-bet from the cutoff, making it 210,000 to go.

A {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop fell after "MrHyde97" called and a check followed. Hand bet 152,550 and "MrHyde97" called to see {2-Diamonds} turn card, tapping once more and this time Hand followed behind.

The {k-Clubs} completed the board, "MrHyde97" checked and Hand pushed in 575,750. "MrHyde97" respectively declined and Hand scooped the last hand of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand ie
Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand
2,181,002 38,263
MrHyde97 pe

Tags: Fintan HandMrHyde97

Level: 23

Blinds: 17,500/35,000

Ante: 4,500

Roshanfekr Stacks Nicely in the End

Level 22 : 15,000/30,000, 3,750 ante

"Hustlaaaaaa" opened to 66,000 from under the gun and Kayhan "KayhanMok" Roshanfekr called from middle position. The {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} flop spread out and "Hustlaaaaaa" continued for 57,960.

Roshanfekr called, an {a-Hearts} peeled off and "Hustlaaaaaa" bet 135,626. Roshanfekr called to see the {3-Hearts} river and "Hustlaaaaaa" fired in 404,037.

Roshanfekr snapped and "Hustlaaaaaa" showed {8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for a missed flush draw. Roshanfekr tabled {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}, giving him the pot with his two pair, catapulting him over the two million mark.

Player Chips Progress
Kayhan "KayhanMok" Roshanfekr no
Kayhan "KayhanMok" Roshanfekr
Hustlaaaaaa ca

"hszabi95" Takes Down a Late Pot

Level 22 : 15,000/30,000, 3,750 ante

"jckdisbetter" raised to 60,000 in middle position and "hszabi95" three-bet to 150,000 in the hijack. "jckdisbetter" called to see the {q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop where "hszabi95" bet 93,750.

"jckdisbetter" check-shoved for a total of 531,631 and "hszabi95" snap-called, tabling {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}. "jckdisbetter" showed {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and was in need of some help.

An {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs} runout scooped the pot for "hszabi95" as kings held on, dropping "jckdisbetter" from the field.

Player Chips Progress
hszabi95 hu

Level: 22

Blinds: 15,000/30,000

Ante: 3,750