Saturday, November 20, 2021 8:11 PM Local Time
Adrian Mateos Wins Fourth WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #82: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
Spain's Adrian Mateos defeated Ben Heath in heads-up play to win Event #82: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em at the 2021 World Series of Poker. The highest buy-in of the 2021 series attracted 33 runners and generated a prize pool of $8,217,000, of which $3,625,362 went to Mateos for the win.
Mateos collected his fourth career WSOP gold bracelet and his sixth live cash of the 2021 WSOP.
$250,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results
|2||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||$2,018,148|
|3||John Kincaid||United States||$1,370,575|
|4||Seth Davies ||United States||$930,791|
|5||Keith Tilston||United States||$632,124|
"It means a lot," Mateos said in a post-win media interview. "I have played some $100,000 tournaments and even the $1,000,000 buy-in, and I never won a big buy-in like this. So this was something I've had in mind, to win one of these."
Mateos came into the Day 3 finale with more than half the chips and a huge lead. He fought back after falling behind Heath in three-handed play then made quick work out of the young English pro in heads-up play.
"When I came here I knew that I was the favorite to win, but there were four other players to beat and it was a long wait yet. I was lucky enough and played well enough to win."
Mateos has had success in fields of all sizes, but the high roller tournaments with fewer runners present their own set of challenges for the Spanish pro.
"It's the same game, but it's different because you have to adapt. My game is a little bit different in a tournament with a lot of people compared to a small field. For me, it's more of a mental challenge to win these tournaments."
With four career bracelets and over $25 million in earnings, today's big win is a modest step towards the career goals of a 27-year old who still has a lot of his legacy ahead of him.
"The most important thing for me is feeling that I'm among the top tournament players and that I can compete with the best of the best."
With the second-place finish, Heath crosses $10 million in lifetime earnings. Relative newcomer John Kincaid took third place after ending Day 1 with one of the smaller chip stacks. Seth Davies finished in fourth and Keith Tilston rounded out the five finishers that survived the field to hit the pay window.
Final Table Action
Moves were made early on Day 3 and Kincaid found a quick double when he spiked the river to beat Tilston with two pair. Davies followed with a double through Kincaid when his ace-king outdrew pocket tens.
Before long, Tilston was headed for the rail after shoving with a suited ace-three that ran into Kincaid's ace-ten.
The three trailing players traded chips in their pursuit of Mateos and his lead. Heath got it in and won with pocket fours against Kincaid, while Mateos continued to apply pressure and gather chips. Mateos sat above 30 million after a few orbits of four-handed play with the remaining chips split evenly among the other three.
Davies was the next to go in fourth place when he shoved with ace-seven and failed to outdraw Heath's pocket pair of jacks.
Three-handed action continued on until Heath took his shot and jammed with a pair of threes against Mateos, who called with ace-jack. The threes held and Heath took over the lead, sending Mateos to second while Kincaid looked for a chance to spin up the short stack.
The chance came soon and Kincaid got it in with pocket nines, but Mateos was waiting with pocket aces and Kincaid was out in third place.
Heath came into heads-up play with a small deficit, and Mateos applied pressure early to widen his lead. The big moment came when Heath called a big river bet for the last of his chips. Mateos turned over a pair of queens and Heath flashed a pair of fives before heading for the exit in second place.
Congratulations to Adrian Mateos for winning his fourth WSOP gold bracelet in Event #82: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em. Be sure to keep it here with the PokerNews live reporting team for updates on the remaining events at the 2021 World Series of Poker.
Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:58 PM Local Time
Ben Heath Eliminated in 2nd Place ($2,018,148)
Adrian Mateos limped in on the button and Ben Heath raised to 1,400,000 from the big blind. Mateos called and the two went heads-up to a flop of . Heath checked to Mateos who bet 1,000,000 and Heath called.
The turn was the and Heath checked again. Mateos slid out a bet of 2,800,000 but Heath stuck around to see the on the river. Heath checked once more and Mateos shoved all in, putting Heath to the test for his remaining 5,050,000.
Heath only took about 15 seconds to make the call and the cards were on their backs. Mateos showed for a pair of queens and Heath flashed for just a pair of fives. Heath was eliminated in second place and will take home over $2,000,000 for his efforts.
|Adrian Mateos||49,500,000||10,600,000 |
|Ben Heath||0||-10,700,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:51 PM Local Time
Heath Gets Away from One
Adrian Mateos raised to 1,400,000 and Ben Heath called.
The flop was and Mateos bet 800,000. Heath called and came on the turn.
Mateos bet 2,600,000 on the turn and Heath called. The river was .
Mateos continued for 10,700,000 on the river and Heath quickly folded.
|Adrian Mateos||38,900,000||4,800,000 |
|Ben Heath||10,700,000||-4,800,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:45 PM Local Time
Mateos Holds a 2-to-1 Lead
Adrian Mateos raised to 1,000,000 on the button and Ben Heath defended from the big blind. The flop came and Heath checked to Mateos who continued for 600,000. Heath called and the landed on the turn.
Heath checked again and Mateos checked it back to see the on the river. Heath checked for the third time and Mateos counted out a bet of 3,600,000. Heath used his entire 30 seconds but decided to send his cards to the muck.
|Adrian Mateos||34,100,000||4,800,000 |
|Ben Heath||15,500,000||-4,800,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:38 PM Local Time
John Kincaid Eliminated in 3rd Place ($1,370,575)
John Kincaid raised to 1,030,000 and Adrian Mateos three-bet to 2,700,000. Kincaid four-bet shoved for 12,000,000 and Mateos snap-called.
The board ran out and Mateos took down the pot with aces full of queens, sending Kincaid to the rail in third place for $1,370,575.
|Adrian Mateos||29,300,000||14,600,000 |
|Ben Heath||20,300,000||-1,300,000 |
|John Kincaid||0||-13,200,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:24 PM Local Time
Heath Wins a Massive Double to Take the Lead
Adrian Mateos raised to 800,000 on the button and Ben Heath ripped all in for 10,400,000 in the small blind. John Kincaid folded his big blind and Mateos quickly called to put Heath at risk.
The flop came and Heath maintained the lead with his pocket threes. The on the turn gave Heath the only flush draw and the on the river missed Mateos as he sent the chip lead over to Heath.
|Ben Heath||21,600,000||10,400,000 |
|Adrian Mateos||14,700,000||-9,200,000 |
|John Kincaid||13,200,000||-1,200,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:19 PM Local Time
Kincaid Bets the River
Adrian Mateos raised to 800,000 from the button and John Kincaid called from the big blind.
The flop was and Kincaid bet 600,000. Mateos called and the turn was .
Both players checked the turn and came on the river.
Kincaid bet 1,000,000 on the river and Mateos quickly got away from it.
|Adrian Mateos||23,900,000||-800,000 |
|John Kincaid||14,400,000||-100,000 |
|Ben Heath||11,200,000||1,000,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 6:10 PM Local Time
Level 22 started
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:48 PM Local Time
Kincaid Steals a Pot Before the Break
Adrian Mateos opened to 600,000 on the button and John Kincaid called from the big blind. The flop came and Kincaid checked to Mateos who continued for 425,000. Kincaid check-raised to 3,000,000 and Mateos called.
The turn brought the and Kincaid quickly shoved all in for 6,850,000. Mateos asked for a count but decided to fold as his clock was running out of time.
The players are now heading on their first 15-minute break of the day.
|Adrian Mateos||24,700,000||-3,600,000 |
|John Kincaid||14,500,000||3,700,000 |
|Ben Heath||10,200,000||-200,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:45 PM Local Time
Mateos Pressures Heath
Adrian Mateos called from the small blind and Ben Heath checked his option from the big blind.
The flop was and both players checked.
The turn was and Mateos bet 600,000. Heath called to see on the river.
Mateos continued for 3,300,000 on the river. Heath spent a brief time thinking it over before he tossed his hand in the muck.
|Adrian Mateos||28,300,000||2,100,000 |
|John Kincaid||10,800,000||-1,300,000 |
|Ben Heath||10,400,000||-700,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:34 PM Local Time
Kincaid Wins Two Pots
Adrian Mateos opened to 600,000 on the button and John Kincaid called from the big blind. The flop came and Kincaid checked to Mateos who continued for 550,000. Kincaid check-raised all in for 7,725,000 and Mateos quickly sent his cards to the muck.
On the next hand, Kincaid raised to 700,000 on the button and Ben Heath defended from the big blind. The flop fell and Heath checked to Kincaid who bet 450,000. Heath check-raised to 1,175,000 and Kincaid shoved all in for over 9,000,000 which got a snap-fold from Heath.
|Adrian Mateos||26,200,000||-1,200,000 |
|John Kincaid||12,100,000||3,900,000 |
|Ben Heath||11,100,000||-2,700,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:24 PM Local Time
Heath Takes from Mateos
Adrian Mateos called from the small blind and Ben Heath checked his option from the big blind.
The flop was and both players checked to see on the turn.
Mateos bet 1,200,000 on the turn and Heath called.
The river was and Mateos bet 3,300,000. Heath went into the tank and used three time extensions and called and showed . Mateos mucked his hand and Heath took the pot with fives and threes.
|Adrian Mateos||27,400,000||-5,400,000 |
|Ben Heath||13,800,000||5,400,000 |
|John Kincaid||8,200,000||0 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:16 PM Local Time
Seth Davies Eliminated in 4th Place ($930,791)
The action folded to Seth Davies in the small blind who ripped all in for his last 2,650,000. Ben Heath instantly called from the big blind to put Davies at risk.
The flop came which boded well for Heath's pair of jacks. The on the turn left Davies drawing to just three aces in the deck. It was the on the river and Davies was eliminated in fourth place.
|Ben Heath||8,400,000||2,600,000 |
|Seth Davies||0||-2,700,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:15 PM Local Time
Davies Looks Up Mateos
Adrian Mateos called from the small blind and Seth Davies checked his option from the big blind.
The flop was and Mateos bet 300,000. Davies called and the turn was .
Both players checked the turn and the river was .
Mateos fired 1,500,000 at the river and Davies went into the tank before he called. Mateos turned over to take the pot with a pair of nines.
|Adrian Mateos||32,800,000||2,900,000 |
|John Kincaid||8,200,000||1,200,000 |
|Ben Heath||5,800,000||-300,000 |
|Seth Davies||2,700,000||-4,500,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 5:05 PM Local Time
PN Podcast: Interviews w/ WSOP Main Event Champ Koray Aldemir, Vince Vaughn & Eli Elezra
On the latest episode of the PokerNews Podcast, Sarah Herring, Jeff Platt and Chad Holloway come to you from the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP)!
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They also offer an interview with actor and new WSOP Master of Ceremonies Vince Vaughn, as well as one with new Poker Hall of Fame inductee Eli Elezra. Also, hear the crew discuss rumors concerning the WSOP's upcoming move to the Las Vegas Strip and what the future may hold for the aforementioned Poker Hall of Fame.
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Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:57 PM Local Time
Mateos Keeps Building
Adrian Mateos opened to 600,000 on the button and Ben Heath defended from the big blind. The flop fell and Heath check-called a bet of 425,000 from Mateos.
The turn brought the and Heath checked once more. Mateos sized up a bet of 1,550,000 this time but Heath stuck around for the on the river.
Heath quickly checked for the third time and Mateos checked it back. Heath showed for a pair of sevens but Mateos held for a pair of nines to scoop the pot.
|Adrian Mateos||29,900,000||3,800,000 |
|Ben Heath||6,100,000||-2,900,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:52 PM Local Time
Heath Doubles with Pocket Fours
Ben Heath shoved for 4,180,000 and John Kincaid was the lone caller from the small blind.
The board ran out and Heath's fours survived to give him a key double.
|Ben Heath||9,000,000||4,700,000 |
|John Kincaid||7,000,000||-4,800,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:50 PM Local Time
Level 21 started
Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:47 PM Local Time
Kincaid Calls Down Heath
John Kincaid opened to 550,000 in the cutoff and was called by Adrian Mateos on the button and Ben Heath in the big blind. The flop came and Heath checked to Kincaid who continued for 550,000. Mateos quickly folded but Heath called.
The turn brought the and both players checked to the on the river. Heath led out with a bet of 625,000 and Kincaid threw in a call. Heath showed for just queen-high while Kincaid held for the only pair.
|Adrian Mateos||26,100,000||-500,000 |
|John Kincaid||11,800,000||2,600,000 |
|Seth Davies||7,200,000||-200,000 |
|Ben Heath||4,300,000||-2,000,000 |
Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:44 PM Local Time
Keith Tilston Eliminated in 5th Place ($632,124)
John Kincaid raised to 550,000 and Tilston shoved for 2,780,000. Kincaid called quickly.
The board ran out and Kincaid made a straight on the river to eliminate Tilston in fifth place for $632,124.
|Adrian Mateos||26,600,000||800,000 |
|John Kincaid||9,200,000||3,300,000 |
|Seth Davies||7,400,000||-500,000 |
|Ben Heath||6,300,000||0 |
|Keith Tilston||0||-3,300,000 |