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Adrian Mateos Wins Three WSOP Bracelets

Posted on June 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Adrian Mateos Wins Three WSOP Bracelets

A 22-year-old Adrian Mateos managed to win the 2017 WSOP $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the Rio in Las Vegas, thus becoming the youngest player in history who succeeded in winning three bracelets. The young Spaniard had 129 opponents on his path to glory and, after a total of 128 matches, he emerged victorious, pocketing a total of $324,470.

This is his second title in as many years, and third in total. At the age of 19, he won his first bracelet in 2013, at the WSOP Europe €10,450 Main Event, while last year he topped the field of the $1,500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em, pocketing a whopping $409,171. With his third title, Adrian once again proved that he is one of the best representatives of the young generation among poker professionals.

In the 2017 WSOP Head-Up Championship, which lasted for three days, Mateos had defeated plenty of renowned poker stars in order to climb to the top. Daniel Negreanu was first to go, and after that the Spaniard eliminated Ian O’Hara, Eric Wasserson, Taylor Paur, Ryan Hughes and Charlie Carrel before he scheduled the battle with the US Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, John Smith.

The final was the meeting point of two poker pros with a completely different background. The US Army veteran, John Smith, a 70-year-old highway contractor from California finished second-best last year, and was looking to go one step further on this championship. Smith entered his first WSOP competition back in 1991, three years before Mateos was even born. Smith was the biggest favorite in this championship, and the entire mass in the Brasilia Room expected that the 70-year-old will be more successful this year. But, Adrian Mateos had different plans.

Mateos took the lead in the very beginning, but soon enough Smith managed to pull back and that’s when everybody in the Brasilia Room realized that they will have to wait for a while before discovering who will become the champion. The entire match lasted for about two and a half hours, while the chip lead switched hands for a couple of times. The hand #73 was the decisive one, when Smith put all his remaining chips on the middle of the table with Qh and 8d in his hands, while Mateos had 5s and 2s. When the dealer showed Qs, it was the time for Mateos to start celebrating his win and the fact that he became the youngest player with three bracelets in the history of WSOP.

Adrian Mateos is living his dream. After only being eligible to gamble in USA for two years and already with 3 bracelets to his name, sky is the limit for this young Spaniard. Even though lots of other young players who had plenty of success in the game started talking about retiring and playing recreationally, Mateos is still so much in love with poker that he will keep playing professionally until the love disappears from his heart.

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