22 year old Spanish phenom Adrian Mateos made history yesterday as he became the youngest player to win three WSOP gold bracelets after taking down the prestigious event# 15, $10,000 Heads-up Championship yesterday, defeating 70 year old US army veteran John Smith, who remarkably managed to take the runner-up spot in this tournament for the second successive year.
En route to the final Mateos defeated the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Ian O’Hara, Eric Wasserson, Taylor Paul, fellow two time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes, and Charlie Carrel.
Although most of his matches ran relatively smoothly, his quarter-final match against Hughes proved rather eventful as Hughes ran up a mountainous lead, with his stack containing over 90% of the chips in play before Mateos miraculously managed to double up four times before outdrawing his opponent with K3 vs A 10 to seal the deal.
Compared to that roller-coaster his match against Charlier Carrel was relatively straight-forward, lasting just 37 hands with Mateos picking up most of the chips after making two great calls, picking off two Carrel bluffs, one with just King high and the other with third pair.
Mateos match against John Smith, who defeated 2013 Main Event champ Ryan Riess in his semi-final, lasted almost twice as long as his semi-final, with the young Spaniard needing 73 hands to best his opponent. Mateos led for much of the match although Smith rallied midway through to briefly take the lead before Mateos surged once again and eventually took the title after Smith jammed with Queen high on an ace-high flop and the young Spaniard called with flush and straight draws. The turn completed a spade flush for Mateos and he took the title and the $336,656 prize money. Smith collected $208,154 for his second runner-up finish in as many years.
Following his victory Mateos said to WSOP.com;
“It’s insane that I have three bracelets. It’s really difficult to win three bracelets and I’m 22. I run good and I think I play good so that’s all that matters.”
WSOP Event #15 $10,000NLHE Heads-up Championship Results
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