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19 Year Old Adrian Mateos Claims WSOP Europe Main Event

by | Published: Monday, October 28th, 2013

The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe came to a dramatic ending on Friday in the final table of the Main Event, with the season’s last bracelet (along with a cool €1 million) going the way of 19-year-old Spaniard Adrian Mateos.

Defeating local favorite Fabrice Soulier in a marathon heads-up matchup that lasted a grueling five hours, Mateos spoke of his excitement at winning the major event.

“With more money, I can play more events. You will see me more … Next year I can’t go (to Las Vegas), I have to wait, but I will be there”.

Beginning the final day’s proceedings fourth in chips, Benny Spindler boasted a very healthy stack but attempted a massive bluff against Jerome Huge and was called, exiting in sixth place just a few hands later after moving all in with a pair of Queens, only to be beaten out by Mateos’s King-Ten.

Sole American hopeful Ravi Raghavan was the next player to find a seat in the runners-up lounge, despite flopping a royal flush draw against two pair shown by Mateos. The Spaniard led out for 65,000 on a King-Ten-Eight flop and Raghavan raised to 175,000 before being called and in turn moving all-in. Mateous called and revealed King-Eight for two pair, only faced with a pair of aces by Raghavan.

Similarly to Spindler earlier in the day, Frenchman Jerome Huge ran a huge bluff during open play and was unsuccessful, tabling Four-Three for a lowly pair of threes completely counteracted by Soulier’s two pair of Aces and Queens.

Just after the start of three-handed play Dominik Nitsche continued the trend of unsuccessful bluffs and was crippled, never recovering before being shown his €400,000 prize for third place only six hands later.

Mateos entered heads-up play with a commanding 4-1 chip lead over his more favored opponent and slowly pulled further away from Soulier. It took more than 100 hands seal the deal once and for all, when Soulier moved all-in with the Nine-Eight of diamonds hand only to be called by Mateos, who held Ace-King off suit. Another King spiked the turn and Mateos was awarded the €1 million winner’s check.

The sky now appears the limit for the 19-year-old, who will have to bide his time for the next two years until an age of 21 will allow him into the major tournaments of Las Vegas.


Spindler Wins Another European Poker Tour Title

by | Published: Monday, October 15th, 2012

Exciting young poker professional Benny Spindler won the European Poker Tour €10,000 High Roller at Casino Sanremo yesterday.

Spindler took home the first prize of €288,000 as well as his his third European Poker Tour trophy; having previously won the 2011 European Poker Tour London Main Event and 2011 European Poker Tour €10,000 High Roller at Tallinn.

The German began the day second in chips behind Joel Nordkvist but when the Swede was eliminated in third place Spindler took a massive chip lead into the heads up battle with Keven Stammen.

The heads-up battle that ensued was epic and it took Spindler five hours to finally claim the tournament.

“It was really emotional I was constantly up and down,” Spindler said.

“I was playing really well, grinding him down and I had him all in three times; two were a coin flip and one I was ahead about 70% and it was just so frustrating losing all of those and being down to only twenty big blinds.

“I felt like I was going to lose for sure because momentum had shifted over to him but then luckily we both rivered a flush on the same hand and I doubled up and then it went back to being really good for me.

“Blinds were going up and he only had twenty big blinds so it was basically push or fold time for me.”

Spindler has his girlfriend to thank for even playing in the tournament and is rewarding her with a vacation on the Italian coast.

“My girlfriend has holidays right now and she visited me in Innsbruck and so we figured it wouldn’t be bad to just drive here and play the high-roller and just doing a bit of holidaying on the Italian coast,” Spindler said.

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