Yesterday, the big names dominated the headlines at the World Series of Poker Europe. Today though, it was a relatively unknown youngster from Spain who wrapped up the seventh annual WSOP Europe series with a definitive bang. Adrian Mateos of Spain defeated a tough field of 375 and a tough final table to claim the title of WSOP Europe Main Event Champion along with the gold bracelet and a €1 million payday.
The win is reminiscent of that of our first-ever WSOPE Main Event Champion, Annette Obrestad, who became the youngest bracelet winner ever at just 18 years old. Now, Mateos joins her as a rare bracelet winner under the age of 21 who will have to wait until 2015 before he can take a shot in Las Vegas Main Event. While he may have to wait to bring his game to Sin City, it is certainly a whirlwind to go from turning 18 and being old enough to go in the casino and a year later winning one of the biggest titles in poker.
Until then, Mateos can enjoy the prestige that comes with the WSOPE bracelet and a seven-figure payday. He can also brag about beating an elite field and a final table that included two bracelet winners, top pros and beating them in memorable fashion, playing with a wisdom beyond his young years as he navigated his big stack to a big victory. In addition to being one of the youngest bracelet winners in WSOP history, Mateos also joins Carlos Mortensen as only the second bracelet winner from the nation of Spain.
"I'm so tilted at the moment. I don't like how I played a couple of hands, but [I] changed the plan and tried to play smaller pots and that worked."
Here are the final table results from this year’s World Series of Poker Europe Main Event:
1st: Adrian Mateos - Spain - €1,000,000
2nd: Fabrice Soulier - France - €610,000
3rd: Dominik Nitsche – Germany - €400,000
4th: Jerome Huge – France - €251,000
5th: Ravi Raghavan - USA - €176,000
6th: Benny Spindler – Germany - €126,000
7th: Andrei Konopelko – Belarus - €101,000
8th: Shannon Shorr – USA - €77,500