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2013 WSOP Europe - Main Event

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Teenager Adrian Mateos wins 2013 WSOPE Main Event and €1m
 
Seven years ago, Annette Obrestad won the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event along with £1,000,000 ($2,013,734). This victory was truly significant because Obrestad was just a few days shy of her 19th birthday and wasn't even old enough to play in the Las Vegas-based WSOP.

Fast-forward to today, and Adrian Mateos is very reminiscent of Obrestad. At just 19 years old, he's won the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event and a €1,000,000 ($1,351,661) top prize. The Spaniard is now a poker millionaire, despite the fact that he's still two years away from being able to play in the Vegas WSOP. This is quite an interesting story, so let's take a look at how Mateos pulled off the victory, as well as some other players who fared well in this tournament.

Early Stages

375 players paid the €10,450 buy-in for the WSOPE Main Event, which created a €3,600,000 prize pool. Many of the world's best poker players were in attendance, but only 40 grinders would make the money. Some of the notable pros who cashed include Jay Farber (34th, €20,250), Marc-Andre Ladouceur (29th, €21,750), Scott Clements (28th, €21,750), Sam Holden (26th, €21,750), Daniel Negreanu (25th, €21,750), Ludovic Lacay (24th, €23,750) and Jeremy Ausmus (17th, €27,250).

With the 2013 WSOPE Main Event ahead of schedule, organizers decided to start the eight-player final table before the final day. This may have been bad luck for Shannon Shorr since the long-time poker pro busted out in eighth place. He was quickly followed to the rail by Belarusian player Andrey Konopelko (€101,000), who finished seventh. At this point, tournament officials elected to save the rest of the final table for the following day.

The Final Day

Benny Spindler started the last day with 1.7 million chips, the fourth largest stack among the six remaining players. However, his chances took a big hit when he failed on a bluff against Jerome Huge. After calling a few raises from the Frenchman, Spindler moved all-in on a board of 9h-6s-5h-Ad-5c. Huge called and showed As-7h for a two pair, while the German flipped over 2c-3c after a failed attempt to play the dry board. A few hands later, he and his decimated chip stack were eliminated by Mateos in sixth place.

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Ravi Raghavan also fell victim to Mateos while attempting a bluff. He four-bet all-in on a flop of Ks-Ts-8h, while Mateos called and showed Kh-8c for a two pair. Raghavan turned over As-Qs, which put him on an inside draw to a royal flush. The turn was Ac, which gave him some extra outs; but the 3h river card ended Raghavan's day.

The failed bluffs continued as Huge was next to go. With the board reading Qs-Ad-3s-Kd-8h, Huge shoved his remaining 780k chips into the middle, while Fabrice Soulier called. Huge turned over 4c-3c, which only gave him a pair of 3's, while Soulier showed a two pair with Ac-Qd.

Dominik Nitsche apparently didn't learn anything from the three players before him since he also ran an unsuccessful bluff. Nitsche made raises on every street, then shoved another 400k chips into the pot on a board of Th-Qs-2d-3c-5d. Mateos called and showed pocket 7's, while an angry Nitsche mucked his cards. The German went all-in preflop just six hands later, and was again called by Mateos. The latter showed As-7h while Nitsche revealed 9h-8d; the board helped neither player, which meant that Nitsche was eliminated in third place.

Heads-Up Play

French poker legend Fabrice Soulier and Mateos were left to battle for the prestigious Main Event title. The Spaniard held a sizable 4:1 chip advantage, but the crafty Soulier gradually chipped away at the lead. Despite not even winning a big hand, Soulier was able to overtake Mateos at one point.

This lead wouldn't last long, though, since Mateos took command thanks to some clever check-call bets. A little over 100 hands into the heads-up match, Soulier went all-in with 9d-8d on a flop of 4c-Jd-9s. Mateos called and showed As-Kc, which put him behind. However, a Ks on the turn gave him the lead, and a harmless 5d river card made it official.

Following his big victory, Mateos vowed to increase his presence on the international tournament circuit. "(With) more money I can play more events. You will see me more - Next year I can’t (go to Vegas). I have to wait, but I will be there."

Even though it will be a while before we see Adrian Mateos grinding in the Vegas WSOP, his European Main Event victory will resonate for years to come. And it puts him in a unique class with fellow teenage champion Annette Obrestad.

2013 WSOPE Main Event Final Table

1st - Adrian Mateos (Spain) - €1,000,000
2nd - Fabrice Soulier (France) - €610,000
3rd - Dominik Nitsche (Germany) - €400,000
4th - Jerome Huge (France) - €251,000
5th - Ravi Raghavan (USA) - €176,000
6th - Benny Spindler (Germany) - €126,000
7th - Andrei Konopelko (Belarus) - €101,000
8th - Shannon Shorr (USA) - €77,500

  
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