Posts Tagged ‘Adrian Mateos’

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Exotic -sounding places like Macau, Montenegro and Malta represent just a few destinations for big-name professional poker players to travel to, sit down at the poker tables and win big. With poker becoming even more of a big deal all over the globe (consider the recently-formed GPL-India, GPL-China and GPL-Brazil) that’s a lot of frequent flier miles!

Take the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series, for example. The Triton series began in January 2016 as part of the WPT National Philippines. That event broke records for WPT as its highest buy-in event ever, at US $200,000 per entry. With 52 entries, my boy (GPL team member of the LA Sunset) Fedor ( @CrownUpGuy) Holz came away with the title and a whopping prizepool of US $3,072,748.

Naturally, when I was looking over the current SHR event happening now in Macau, I couldn’t help but notice that Fedor Holz had made the final table again. In fact, he’s in second place with 4,325,000 chips while the chip leader is Spanish phenom Adrian Mateos, with 4,785,000. Up for grabs is the top prize of $2.872 million.

The rest of the final table consists of Dietrich Fast (3,370,000), Kahle Burns (2,625,000), Timothy Adams (2,185,000), start of Day 2 chipleader Stephen Chidwick (1,395,000), Isaac Haxton (1,075,000), and Poker Hall of Fame member John Juanda (990,000).

And this is just one final table at one tournament. Poker is being played non-stop, everywhere (including Montenegro where the second in the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series took place, with the win by Manig Loeser from Germany.)

Follow the poker players and you’ll see the world. You might even be able to point out Montenegro and Macau on the map!

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

I know that for many, the appeal of the Main Event at the WSOP is that anyone who has the $10,000 buy-in or who qualifies by winning a satellite tournament can become the next world champion and walk away with $8.15 million. You know, the “Moneymaker Effect.”

If you’re playing as an amateur or a typical grinder in the Main Event, knowing that anyone can win is what gives you hope. But if you’re like me, and you’re a fan, watching the 2017 WSOP live, you might feel a bit let down.

Most of the poker superstars I love to watch have already been eliminated. My favorite, Daniel “Real Kid Poker” Negreanu, busted on Day 2, as did Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth, Ryan Riess, Joe McKeehen, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari, William Kassouf and Bertrand “Elky”Grospellier.

Then on Day 3, before the money bubble burst, even more big poker names had been busted, including 2004 Main Event champion Greg Raymer, 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem, 2-time Main Event winner Johnny Chan, Brian Rast, Sam Grafton, Adrian Mateos, Rainer Kempe and three more of my favorites, Jason Mercier, Doug Polk and last year’s winner Qui Nguyen.

At the time of this writing on Day 4, there are 626 players remaining in the hunt out of the original 7,221, including two previous Main Event finalists, Ben Lamb and Kenny Hallaert. Chip leaders include: Ibrahim Nasief, 2,200,000; Eugene Kotlyarevskiy, 1,970,000; Nick Maimone, 1,910,000; Mickey Craft, 1,820,000; Damien Salas, 1,800,000; David Woo, 1,800,000 and so on. By the time I finished my list, it had changed four times! If you want the very latest chip count, you can check it our yourself at the WSOP website.

In the meantime I’m waiting for the “Final Table” as we’re sure most poker fans and enthusiasts are.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Millions of poker fans look forward to the WSOP every year, and this year is no exception. In fact, with the elimination of the November Nine, the live coverage by ESPN (of the Main Event in July) and the promise of streaming coverage throughout by, we were even more excited than usual.

PokerGo Streaming the 2017 WSOPSo, this has been our experience so far. We quickly learned that pokercentral is offering streaming through their new subscription service, PokerGo. That meant we, and millions of others, had to sign up and pay $10 for a month or $99 for a year. Not bad, but not what we had been led to believe. Plus, it took us about six tries to get the code online to match the code on our TV.

Anyway, on our first night trying to watch Day 4 of the most expensive event on the WSOP schedule, the $111,111 HR for One Drop, we finally had to pause it with two hours to go. The final table was stacked with great players and we were pumped to watch the last two hours. Unfortunately, the navigation was totally off the next night so we couldn’t go back to watch the final two hours – all we could find was a 30-minute highlight video.

Doug PolkThe third night (by then we already knew that Polk had beaten Elky in Heads-up play) we figured out the navigation (or PokerGo fixed it; we’ll never know) and we got to watch the handsome Italian, Dario Sammartino bust out in 3rd place, winning $1.6milion, and then the super-charming Doug Polk killing it with some gutsy poker. Second place for Elky was a cool $2.2 mill and Polk won his third WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $3.6+million.

Meanwhile, I just tried to sign into PokerGO on my laptop as I did yesterday and it tells me that no one with that email address (the one we used for the last three days) is a member of PokerGO. Beyond frustrating. On the third try, it must have recognized me and I was in. Nothing streaming live until tonight but that gave me the opportunity to go to their “On Demand” category and catch some fun moments from a few other events.

Abe MosseriI watched Day 4 of what was supposed to be a 3-day event, the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up, mainly because my all-time favorite, “Real Kid Poker” was going for his seventh bracelet against Abe Mosseri. Both love to play mixed games, which puts me at a real disadvantage; I just learned the rules for Texas Hold’em two years ago so these variants confuse the hell outta me. Anyway, it took about ten minutes for Mosseri to win the bracelet, but Negreanu had a second place finish after a third place the day before so he’s still doing incredibly well.

Then I caught some of the $10,000 Heads Up Event – poker in its purest form, where one player survives the single-elimination event with 128 players in the field. The commentators said the heads-up event was one of the most prestigious at the WSOP, so I decided to watch 22-year old Adrian Mateos face off against 42-year old Negreanu on Day 1, right after DNegs had finished playing in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Heads Up. This was a really tough first match-up, Daniel didn’t get many good cards and he lost (gracefully and with humor) in the first round.

Adrian MateosOn the other hand, Adrian Mateos went on to knock off five more players to go up against 70-year-old John Smith in the final round. Smith had been the runner-up in this event last year; I watched his Day 3 match against Ryan Riess and could see that he was a formidable opponent. Nevertheless, Smith ultimately lost to Mateos to be runner-up again. And, Mateos’ win made him the youngest player ever to win three bracelets by the age of 22.

PokerGo has great coverage and extremely knowledgeable commentators and after a few initial glitches has worked out well for us. If you want to know all the results of every event, you can go to or No point in us reinventing the wheel!

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The World Series of Poker continues its annual tradition of ever-growing popularity to the overwhelming joy of the winners and the disappointment of the losers. Many come to learn and sharpen their skills for next year, while hoping that they may get really lucky this year and walk away with a pocketful of new found wealth. Others come to add to their existing WSOP earnings, while still others come simply to have fun, rub elbows with the greats and hope they don’t lose too much this time around.

Let’s catch you up with the current results:

Adrian Mateos

Event #33: $1500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em was taken down by Adrian Mateos, a young 21 -year-old from Madrid, Spain, who  bested a field of 1,840 poker lovers. This was a brand new event corresponding with the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – giving players that much more time to reach for the gold. But 1,839 players were denied the title of champion and Mateos walked away with $409,171 and the WSOP gold bracelet.

Andrey ZaichenkoEvent #34: $1500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Russian poker player, Andrey Zaichenko, had a smile on his face when he realized he was sitting at the final table, a bigger smile when he realized that he reached his goal of getting the gold bracelet, and an even bigger smile when he collected $117,947 for his efforts and patience. Now he can return to his home in Moscow as the 11th Russian gold bracelet winner in history.

Michael GathyEvent #35: $5000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em 27-year-old Michael Gathy from Brussels, Belgium, wrapped up his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet and walked away grinning ear to ear knowing he had to make his way to the payout room and collect his well earned victory cash of $560,843, for total poker winnings of $1,463,269 big bucks.

Hani AwadEvent #36: $2500 Mixed Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better was taken away by Hani Awad, who is originally from Israel and now calls Las Vegas home. With this win the high stakes recreational poker player reached the gold bracelet club when, at age 65,  he put on his first WSOP gold bracelet and received a big fat paycheck of $213,186.

Jiaqi XuEvent #37: $1500 Pot-Limit Omaha Jiaqi Xu from Columbia, MD, was determined to win, and win he did. This amateur poker player outplayed a field of 776 participating players and walked away with his first gold bracelet and a sweet $212,128, his biggest win ever. As Xu said, “The cards fell my way at the right time,” and the cards seemed to favor him all the way to the final table and his eventual championship.

Rafael LebronEvent #38: $3000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em Rafael Lebron from Puyallup, WA, was all smiles when he defeated a field of 245 to reach the final table, which included the reigning Main Event Champion, Joe McKeehen, and other formidable players. As Lebron accurately stated, “I wasn’t the best player at the final table at all, I might have been the worst.  But, I got lucky.  This was my day.” Lebron goes home with $169,337 … not bad for the worst player at the final table.

Martin KoslovEvent #39: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship. It took 293 players to be sent to the rails for Martin Kozlov to finally reach the coveted gold bracelet and a whopping payday of  $665,709. This was his fifth time to cash at this year’s WSOP — not bad for this Aussie pro.

Christopher VitchEvent #40: $2500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) 33-year-old professional poker player, Christopher Vitch, finally captured his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and took home $136,854 after defeating a relatively small field of 236 entrants in this first-time event at the WSOP.  The competition included three forms of lowball draw poker, played in rotation.  The games were Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, Ace-to-Five Triple Draw and Badugi.

So there it is, another eight WSOP gold bracelets and more than two million dollars paid out just for these eight event champions, let alone all the other players who reached cash status through these events. That’s a lot of greenbacks; was any of that awarded to you? If it was, we’d love to hear your story, so send us your comments.

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