The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe came to a conclusion on Friday with the final table of the Main Event, and winning the final bracelet of the season along with €1 million was Spain’s Adrian Mateos. Mateos, 19, defeated local favorite Fabrice Soulier after a marathon heads-up match lasting near five-hours.
“[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.”
Benny Spindler started the day fourth in chips, but the former PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London winner and World Series Asia-Pacific Main Event finalist had a very healthy stack of 87 big blinds. Unfortunately for the German, he attempted a massive bluff against Jerome Huge and failed.
According to WSOP.com, on the 32nd hand he called a raise from Huge, then called a bet of 45,000 on a flop of . Huge led for another 75,000 when the turned, Spindler called, and the completed the board. Huge fired a third bullet worth 100,000, Spindler moved all in for effectively 523,000, and Huge tank-called. Spindler sheepishly showed and was playing the board, which was no good against Huge’s for two pair.
A few hands later, Spindler exited in sixth place. He moved all in for three big blinds with the , and Mateos called with the . The flop () and the turn () were both clean, but the spiked on the river.
American Ravi Raghavan was the next player to exit when he flopped a royal flush draw against Mateos’ two pair. The Spaniard led out for 65,000 on a flop of , Raghavan raised to 175,000, Mateos made it 410,000, and Raghavan moved all in for 1.275 million. Mateos called with the for top and bottom pair, and Raghavan tabled the . The on the turn gave the American a few extra outs, but the on the river wasn’t one of them.
Like Spindler, Huge ran his own bluff during four-handed play, and it failed. Huge check-called a bet of 75,000 on a flop of , then led out for 200,000 when the fell on the turn. Soulier made the call, and the completed the board on the river. Huge moved all in for 780,000, Soulier tank-called, and Huge showed the for a lowly pair of threes. Soulier ripped over the for aces up, and Huge was off to collect his €251,000 prize.
It was Dominik Nitsche’s turn to run an unsuccessful bluff during three-handed play. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000/4,000, Mateos opened to 85,000 on the button and Nitsche three-bet to 225,000 from the big blind. Mateos called, the flop came , and Nitsche led out for 180,000. Mateos called. The turn was the , the German fired out another 290,000, and his Spanish opponent called. The river was the , Nitsche fired a third and final bullet worth 400,000, and Mateos tanked for several minutes before calling. Nitsche unhappily mucked his cards, and Mateos tabled before raking in the pot.
Six hands later, Nitsche exited in third place. He three-bet all in for 23 big blinds with the , and Mateos, the original raiser, called with the . The flop, turn, and river all produced bricks, and the German hit the rail.
Mateos entered heads-up play with a more than four-to-one chip lead, and started to pull ever further away from Soulier. The Frenchman started chipping away, however, and without winning an all-in pot he snatched away the chip lead. In one very key pot, Soulier flopped trip fours and received value on all three streets.
Soulier increased his lead ever so slightly, but then the pendulum swung back towards Mateos. The Spaniard check-called bets from the Frenchman with top pair of aces on the 201st hand at the final table to regain the lead.
From there, Mateos pulled away from Soulier. It took nearly 100 more hands for him to seal the deal, and Soulier won the first all-in pot of heads-up play with the against Mateos’ , but eventually the 19-year-old captured the gold. On the final hand, Soulier moved all in with the on a flop of , and Mateos tank-called with the . The spiked on the turn, giving Mateos the lead, and it was all over when the fell on the river.
Congratulations to Mateos for his €1 million win, and we look forward to seeing him in Vegas in 2015.
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