Back in October, a 19-year-old Spaniard by the name of Adrian Mateos defeated a stacked final table to win the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €1,000,000! Mateos did so by defeating accomplished pro Fabrice Soulier in heads-up play. Others Mateos outlasted were Dominik Nitsche (3rd - €400,000), Ravi Raghavan (5th - €176,000) and Benny Spindler (6th - €126,000).
“[With] more money I can play more events,” said an elated Mateos after the win. “You will see me more... Next year I can’t [go to Vegas], I have to wait, but I will be there.”
While Mateos has to wait to go to Vegas, he doesn't to play on the EPT. Mateos is in action today (you only have to be 18 to play in Prague), and we decided to spend an orbit with the young superstar.
Hand #1 (Middle Position): An under-the-gun player opened for 1,800 and Mateos made the call. Russia's Alexander Lakhov came along from the big blind and three players saw a flop of . The original raiser checked, Mateos bet 3,400, and Lakhov called. The under-the-gun player folded and it was heads-up action to the , which both players checked.
When the completed the board on the river, Mateos checked and then folded to a bet of 8,000 by Alexander Lakhov.
Hand #2 (UTG+1): The under-the-gun player folded and so did Mateos.
Hand #3 (Under the Gun): Mateos was first to act and folded.
Hand #4 (Big Blind): The under-the-gun player opened for 1,700 and was met by a three-bet to 4,200 by Lakhov. When action reached Mateos, he folded.
Hand #5 (Small Blind): Sean Prendiville raised to 1,800 from the hijack and Mateos folded.
Hand #6 (Button): Lakhov opened for 2,000 under the gun and everyone folded, including Mateos.
Hand #7 (Cutoff): Mateos opened the pot for 1,700 and received a call from Lakhov in the big blind. Lakhov proceeded to check-call a bet of 2,000 on the flop and then both players checked the turn. When the completed the board on the river, Lakhov led out for 2,100 and Mateos folded.
Hand #8 (Hijack): A player opened for 1,700 and Mateos folded.