It’s hard to argue about the fact that Adrian Mateos is one of the best poker tournament players in the world. With more than $21 million in live tournament winnings and an online career to be just as amazed by, Mateos added his latest win, the 4th WCOOP title of his career, to his impressive poker resume.
Winning $543,686 to finish top of the list of payouts, Mateos had some incredibly good players fighting through to claim victory.
A $99,650 extra exceeded the guaranteed prizepool of $2.5 million, as 71 players (plus 35 re-entries) made up the money on offer to those who finished in the money. Mateos was one of those who re-entered, paying $50,000 to participate rather than $25,000, but he’ll be delighted with his performance after turning that into a half million dollars.
As the final day began, only 13 players took their seats but it didn’t take long for the bust-outs to begin. Australian player Kahle Burns took Laszlo Bujtas off after his pocket aces were easily enough to bust Bujtas with nines. Just a few hands later, the field was reduced to 11 players when the Russian Wiktor Malinowski took out Daris Pedes.
Additional eliminations – Giorgios Karakousis and Vyacheslav Buldygin – saw the final nine-player table reached, but one player did not spend long in his virtual place.
Chris ‘Bug Huni’ Hunichen bustled in 9th place when his final 15 big blinds went into the middle only to run into the pocket aces of Adrian Mateos, who held the number of opponents ‘The Matador’ to evade further. Artur Martirosian bustled in 8th place, with $122,696 going into his profit column, before Finnish player Pauli Ayras left 7th, the first player to cash for a six-figure score.
Although Malinowski was one of the aggressors at the final table, his all-in call from Kahle Burns proved to be his undoing. Malinowski even flopped a set to improve his pre-flop hand of a pair of sevens but Burns ran a straight to get there and bring down play to a final five, and when ‘tzuzteutezu’ bustled in fifth place, only four men remained in the hunt.
Aussie hotshot Burns lost his chance of winning a WCOOP title when he flopped top pair and called all-in with pocket aces for Mateos. There was a chance of a deal at that point, but there were discussions between Mateos, Fedor Holz and the eventual 3rd-place finisher Luke Reeves, who couldn’t hit ace-jack. Holz took those chips into the heads-up duel, and just a day earlier, having won his second WSOP bracelet, he could smell the chance of major titles back-to-back.
But Adrian Mateos wasn’t going to budge. After winning the heads-up first hand, the stacks were nearly even, and the two men agreed on a deal. After the deal was concluded, both players had the lead, but when he made a flush to reduce Holz’s stack to just 12 big blinds, Mateos took a big step towards victory.
Dwindling further to fewer than 10 big blinds, Holz moved all-in with king-nine, but Mateos had the easiest call of the heads-up battle with ace-king, and an as on the flop, followed by another on the turn, ended the event in favour of the Spanish player.
With Mateos reaching four WCOOP titles, he places himself in an exclusive club, alongside other game legends like Andrey Zaichenko, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Gleb Tremzin and Joao Vieira, with only Dan Kelly (5), Shaun Deeb (8) and Denis Strebkov (9) ahead.
Mateos is just 26 years old, perhaps most ominously, with ample time to break records as he goes up up and up the ranking list.
WCOOP $25,000-Entry 8-Max Super High Roller Sunday Slam Final Table Results:
|3||Luke Reeves||United Kingdom||$353,117|
|9||Chris Hunichen||United States||$78,787|