Spanish poker player Adrian Mateos took down the MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event for $1.1 m as he once again dodged the attacks of the opposition and delivered the fatal blow in yet another event as the talented young player proved to more fans that he is one of the world’s best poker players.
Mateos brings his lifetime tournament wins to an amazing $19,423,996 with the MILLIONS World Main Event win, just half a million dollars short of $20 million. In doing so, Mateos is simply extending his lead to the top of Spain’s all-time money list of poker players, with Mateos’ closest challenger, Carlos Mortensen, behind him a huge $7 million. Mateos, a.k.a. The Matador, sweeps everything before him like so much bull, time and time again.
For the conclusion of the $25,000-entry event, it was a dramatic final table in The Bahamas with the Baha Mar resort buzzing. At just 25 years of age, Mateos would book his latest win, but eight players remained out of the 948 entries in the event upon the restart of the final table action.
Only 24 players left at the start of the final day, the famous partypoker pro Ludovic Geilich led the way, but the Scot couldn’t hold on to that lead, his pocket aces shattered by a flush that indicated his plunge down the leaderboard.
Geilich finished just 14th on a frustrating day, and others missing out on the final table included former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess and new GPI leaderboard end boss Alex Foxen, both 13th and 12th respectively.
Gregory Baird was the first to step down to the final table, and he was very reluctant to do so. Chris ‘ Big Huni’ Hunichen had six pockets, and while Baird had seven pockets, he would be delivered by a six on the flop.
Peter Jetten, who busted when his all-in ran into a giant hand in the pocket queens of Scott Wellenbach, would follow Baird out of the hall, and Jetten was joined on the rail by Oleg Mandzjuk, who was eliminated by the same player in the 6th place.
William Blais was short-stacked and needed to get back to the game, but his drive with ace-high fell victim to Hunichen, one of the best players on the planet who eliminated him in 5th place, sending a whopping $500,000 prize to the Canadian house.
With the remaining four players, it was Wellenbach who was going to miss out on three-handed play–a crucial elimination given what was going to happen. Aaron Van Blarcum eliminated Wellenbach. Wellenbach, who won $650,000, was the last player out before the final table was taken over by an ICM deal discussion.
Here’s that deal and how it saw the players who were still involved rewarded:
Chris Hunichen – $1,097,195
Adrian Mateos – $1,062,805
Aaron Van Blarcum – $970,000.
Just $100,000 was still up for grabs with the sums decided, along with the MILLIONS World title and winner’s pictures with the trophy.
Hunichen lost to Van Blarcum with two sets, then heads-up, Mateos raced into the lead for vault trips. In the final deck, Van Blarcum was engaged with just 13 major blinds, and they proved unlucky for him as Mateos paired up on the flop and kept to pull in the extra $100,000 and the glittering trophy, the latest in a career that the young Spaniard had already seen three WSOP bracelets win.
MILLIONS World Main Event final table results:
|2nd||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||$970,000*|
|3rd||Chris Hunichen||United States||$1,097,195*|
|8th||Gregory Baird||United States||$180,000|
*As agreed after three-way deal