Ben Spragg is amongst Twitch and YouTube’s hottest on-line poker streamers. The PokerStars Team Pro from the UK, recognized to many as simply ‘Spraggy’, has lots of of 1000’s of followers throughout these platforms. Spragg additionally has loads of success within the on-line match streets, together with a number of World Championship of Online Poker titles.
In current years, Spragg has begun to play stay match poker extra incessantly. He had collected round $300,000 in cashes in stay occasions alongside the way in which, however was nonetheless searching for his first huge stay victory when he arrived on the 2023 UK and Ireland Poker Tour Brighton.
Spragg managed to lastly safe his first stay trophy within the cease’s £1,100 buy-in no-limit maintain’em important occasion, overcoming a discipline of 352 entries to safe the title and $86,400 in prize cash.
I AM THE UKIPT BRIGHTON MAIN EVENT WINNER!!
I should be dreaming.
— Spraggy (@spraggy) September 10, 2023
“I no longer feel like an online guy who plays a bit of live,” he instructed PokerStars reporters in a post-win interview. “I’m just a poker pro.”
“I’m genuinely really emotional,” stated Spragg. “I didn’t think I would be because there was such a good atmosphere at the final table, it didn’t feel like a final table. Having Adam McKola there and other players I know, it didn’t feel that intense.”
In addition to the title and the cash, Spragg additionally secured 600 Card Player Player of the Year factors for the win. This was his third POY-qualified rating of the 12 months. He now sits simply inside the highest 1,100 within the 2023 POY race standings offered by Global Poker.
This occasion featured three beginning flights and two extra days of motion. The remaining day started with six contenders remaining, with four-time bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche within the lead and Spragg because the second-shortest stack.
He managed to win two huge pots early, doubling up after which busting Sebastian Gohr (sixth – $17,125) with pocket aces in his hand each instances. Adam McKola then knocked out Alessandro Spina (fifth – $22,275) and Oliver Hutchins (4th – $28,950) to slender the sector to a few.
McKola in the end completed third, incomes $37,638 for his efforts. That left Spragg within the lead, with greater than a 2:1 chip benefit over Nitsche with the title hanging within the stability. Spragg picked off a bluff from his extremely completed German opponent to take an amazing lead. Not lengthy after that, he closed out the win, sending Nitsche to the rail with $52,688. This rating elevated Nitsche’s profession earnings to just about $20.2 million.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the remaining desk:
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