Spain's Mateos making history at WSOP
June 28, 2016 3:01 AM
by Patricia Chavira
Adrian Mateos, a 21-year-old Spanish poker pro, won his second career bracelet at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas last week.
Mateos topped a field of 1,840 players to win first place and $409,171 in Event 33, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Summer Solstice tournament.
With this win, Mateos joins fellow Spaniard and 2001 WSOP Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen with two WSOP gold bracelet wins. According to the Hendon Mob poker database, Mateos has $4,780,445 in live tournament earnings and is second on Spain’s all-time money list.
At just 19, he won the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event for 1 million euros, becoming the second-youngest WSOPE champion behind Annette Obrestad, who won the first WSOPE the day before her 19th birthday. He also became Spain’s first WSOPE champion.
Last year, he won the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo, earning over 1 million euros once again and becoming the first Spanish EPT champion.
Just a week before his 22nd birthday, Mateos is proving himself to be one of the best young poker players in the world.
Now that he is 21, which is the legal gambling age in most casinos in the United States, he is making his mark on U.S. soil.
In March he placed 2nd in $5,100 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Turbo 6 Max at the WPT LA Poker Classic at Commerce for $88,200. He booked that win after coming in 10th at the EPT Main Event in Dublin the month before for 39,320 euros.
His spectacular run to the world’s biggest poker stage was just beginning. In April, he traveled to Hollywood, Florida and placed 4th in the $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale for $200,510.
Ten days later, he placed 17th in the No Limit Hold’em High Roller event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for 27,610 euros.
Then he arrived in Las Vegas. He began his WSOP run on June 7 with a 12th place win in Event 9, $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Head’s Up Championship Event for $24,596. On June 16 he placed 24th in Event 25, $2500 No Limit Hold’em for $12,955.
In a 2015 interview on pokerlistings.com, Mateos discusses his first major victory for 1 million euros. He says, “When you have a bigger bankroll, you can take the losses better. More than anything, it gave me peace of mind to have a good cushion.”
He’s on a run of a lifetime. He is one to watch in the Main Event.
Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: PatriciaChavira@gamingtoday.com