– General Introduction –
Ben Spragg, better known by his Twitch username “Spraggy”, is a British professional poker player and Twitch streamer. His exact age is unknown, but he’s estimated to be in his early 30’s. He is from Gloucestershire, England.
He mainly plays online MTT’s. On PokerStars, he uses the screen names “Spraggs” and “Spraggy”. While his online tournament scores are no longer tracked publicly, archives show that back in January 2015, his online MTT earnings stood at $2.302 million. Presumably he earned multiples of that in the past years.
He has two WCOOP titles to his name: in September 2020, he won the WCOOP-Low: $5.50 NLHE Turbo PKO Freezeout event for $4,349; and in September 2021, he won the $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout WCOOP event for $67,969.
As for live poker, Spragg has $103,135 in live tournament cashes. His Twitch channel, Spraggy, is one of the most popular poker channels on the site with 125,000 followers.
He’s a PokerStars sponsored pro. Also, he is engaged to American professional poker player and poker presenter Marle Cordeiro.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2013: He finishes 6th in the €1,100 Main Event at the UK & Ireland Poker Tour in Galway, Ireland for €30,210. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
- 2016: He starts streaming online poker on Twitch.
- 2017: He joins PokerStars Team Online, thus becoming one of the site’s sponsored pros.
- 2020: He wins his first WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) title after finishing first in the $5.50 NLHE Turbo PKO Freezeout event for $4,349 on PokerStars.
– Ben Spragg’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
According to his Team PokerStars Online profile, Spragg graduated from college with a degree in journalism, film, and media in 2012. However, he never had to use his formal qualifications, as he became a professional poker player right after graduating.
He originally got introduced to the game by playing it with his friends in their garage. He also enjoyed watching videos of poker players losing it at the table on YouTube.
Spraggy registered on PokerStars in his college years with a $100 deposit, and grinded his bankroll up to $140,000 starting from the micro stakes, the $0.02/$0.05 cash tables. Soon after he started his career as a poker pro, he bagged some big live scores as well.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Spragg has $103,135 in live tournament cashes, according to his Hendon page. He amassed that amount by cashing in 17 different live events over the course of 10 years. Evidently, he has always focused on online poker over live, that’s why he has low tournament earnings by professional standards.
The first recorded cash on his page is from May 2011. He came in 100th in a €60 No Limit Hold’em tourney at the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham, UK, owned by Rob Yong, for €125.
In August 2013, he finished 6th out of a field of 860 players in the €1,100 Main Event at the UK & Ireland Poker Tour in Galway, Ireland. He won €30,210 (which equaled around $40,000 at the time). That is his biggest single live tournament score to date.
In January 2019, he came in 140th at the $25,000 NLHE Poker Players Championship at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $35,000. In July 2021, he took 44th place in the $2,400 WPTDeepStacks Main Event at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series in Las Vegas for $10,120.
→ World Series of Poker ←
Ben Spragg is yet to cash in any World Series event, be it live or online.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Spragg hasn’t appeared on any TV shows or online live streams where he would play live cash in front of an audience.
→ Online Poker ←
“Spraggy” is best known for playing online tournaments and streaming it on Twitch. Despite that, his online MTT results are no longer tracked publicly by PocketFives, the online poker tournament database site. An archived version of his profile shows that back in January 2015, he had $2.302 million in online MTT cashes, with his largest cash being $35,485.
Given the time passed, we can safely assume that since then, he’s earned multiples of that on the virtual felt. Also interesting to note: back then, he played under the screen name “Spraggs” on PokerStars – as well as “SPRAGGS” on the now defunct Full Tilt, “sprags12345” on partypoker, and “topbeaver69” on 888Poker. These days, he uses the sponsored pro account “Spraggy” on Stars.
He has won two WCOOP (World Championship of Online Poker) titles so far. In September 2020, he finished first in the low tier $5.50 NLHE 8-Max PKO Freezeout event for $4,349. He bested a massive field of 12,192 players in that tourney. The next year, in September 2021, he took down the $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Freezeout event for $67,969. He beat a player playing under the screen name “Wildace_hun” from Hungary heads-up for the title.
📢 Sound on
“Oh my god I’m a champion.”
— PokerStars (@PokerStars) September 10, 2021
In April 2021, he finished second in the $1,050 SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) NLHE Progressive KO event for $42,296, also on Stars.
→ Internet Persona ←
Spragg is perhaps best known in the online poker community for his live streams on Twitch. He currently has 125,000 followers on the site, which puts him among the most popular streamers in the poker category. He usually broadcasts himself playing online tournaments on PokerStars. His account on the site was started in February 2016.
In addition, Spragg has a YouTube channel with the username “Ben Spragg”, that has around 17,000 subscribers. His content there is edited clips from his live streams on Twitch. His YouTube videos typically get tens of thousands of views a piece.
He is also active on Twitter, where he has around 30,000 followers.
→ Personal Life ←
Spragg has been dating fellow poker player and poker presenter Marle Cordeiro since October 2019. The two got engaged in November 2020, the date of the wedding is yet to be announced. Since both of them are very into both poker and comedy, they also post short funny videos together from time to time.
→ Sponsorships ←
Ben Spragg joined PokerStars Team Online in July 2017. Despite many high profile departures from the PS sponsored roster during his tenure, he has stayed with them ever since. He was also creating strategy content for the website PokerVIP.com from November 2016 to June 2017.