Spanish phenomenon Adrian Mateos has done it again at this year’s WSOP, taking down the very prestigious Event #82, the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller NL Hold’em event. The eye-watering entry kept the total runners at a modest 33, but they were of course amongst the very best players in the world.

This makes Mateos’ fourth WSOP bracelet, and he had to fight hard for it. Coming into the final day with over half the chips in play he did take a hit in chips against England’s Ben Heath before consolidating against Heath and ultimately vanquishing him in Heads-up play.

The deciding hand saw Mateos limp and Ben Heath raise to 1.4 million at 200k/400k with a 400k ante, and a flop of 765fell, to which Heath checked and called a 1m bet from Mateos.

The turn brought the Q and Heath once again check/called a 2.8m bet from Mateos to peel a 2river. In the end after Heath checked the river once more, Mateos wasted no time in putting him to the ultimate question, putting in the remaining 5m in chips Heath had behind. 

Heath made a quick call on the river after only 15 seconds and flipped over 53 for a baby pair, only to be shown the bad news when Mateos flipped over QTfor the win, and this very high stakes WSOP bracelet. 

Mateos is no stranger to success, having cashed for over $25 million in prizes across some huge events, and sitting in 1st place on Spain’s all-time money list, as well as 22nd globally. 

Nonetheless this $3.2m score is his biggest cash, and this bracelet surely represents a very special victory for the player, of whom we’ll surely be seeing much more to come at the live felt.


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