On Tuesday, we showed you how BBZ student and Twitch superstar Ben “Spraggy” Spragg won his second World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) title.
But actually, it was Spraggy’s fellow PokerStars Team Pro Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talbot who entered the winner’s circle first, taking down his second WCOOP title just a few hours prior to Spraggy’s victory.
If you follow BBZ Poker–if you follow poker at all–Tonkaaaa needs no introduction. He’s been crushing high stakes poker for years and became one of the biggest poker streamers going before taking an extended break, during which he studied hard with the BBZ team.
“When I quit streaming, I went back to just playing cards and working my way up,” Tonkaaaa told us in this interview. “Working with BBZ was the biggest thing for me. Jordan and I were doing up to four hours of studying a week, ripping through my database and reviewing a ton of hands. Obviously, I’ve put in the work, but I credit Jordan and the BBZ Daily Seminars for my improvements.”
In 2020, Tonkaaaa won two events in the PokerStars Stadium Series (a $2K for $261K and a $5K Progressive Knockout for $152K), claimed his first WCOOP title in a $530 PKO for $51K, and frequently enjoyed big cashes in weekly High Roller events.
In April 2021, he returned to streaming–joining Team PokerStars–and last week clinched his second WCOOP title in the $5,200 Midweek Freeze (75-H).
The 91-entry field was a who’s who of tournament poker players and on the final table, Tonkaaaa was joined by the likes of Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski, to name just a couple.
He picked up a big stack in this hand with a straight versus two pair.
Tonkaaaa would then get a little lucky to eliminate Leonard:
It was down to three after Tonkaaaa eliminated yet another opponent, giving himself the chip lead.
Never scared, Tonkaaaa ran a big triple-barrel bluff and got it through:
Had he held in this flip, it would have all been over.
But they battled on and when all was said and done, Tonkaaaa got the job done.
Tonkaaaa collected $108,729 for the win, which is the fourth largest online score of his career, taking his total earnings to $7.28 million, according to PocketFives.
UNREAL final table today. This one felt very fucking good.
First day 2 in NL of the series and it ended up being worth a pretty penny. $108,000!!! getting us in the profit for the WCOOP so far.
Over 8k viewers for the headsup, wild wild wild stuff. Ready for the weekend baby! pic.twitter.com/GI5nSppSM3
— Parker Talbot (@tonkaaaap) September 10, 2021
Check out our article: Tonkaaaa returns to Twitch: “I’ve matured, not necessarily for the better”