Not only did he win the last Main Event of Season 11 of the tour for more than $1.2 million, but he added the second leg of a career Triple Crown before the age of 21. Mateos is the first Spanish player in the tour’s history to win a Main Event title, and he now owns victories in the two most prestigious European championships in the world – the EPT Grand Final and the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
To get there, Mateos had to fight his way through the likes of Ole Schemion and
Johnny Lodden, among others – and after losing the chiplead thanks to a bad beat three-handed, Mateos fought an uphill battle during a heads-up match with
Mateos all but sealed the deal in a 14.7 million chip pot where he flopped bottom two-pair with 7 4 against Fares’ top pair of aces.
Fares was left with just over 2.1 million, which found its way into the middle shortly thereafter. Fares opened and then called all in with A 6, but he was up against it with Mateos holding A 8. An 8 on the flop put Mateos further ahead and Fares was drawing dead by the turn, locking up an historic victory for Mateos.
Day 5 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event saw 15 players return with a goal of reaching the final table – with the production team and floor staff prepared to let them play past the final eight in order to avoid the marathon final table that happened in this tournament in 2014.
Those 15 were whittled down to an official final table of eight, and it didn’t take long for the first player to fall. Koichi Nozaki shoved with A T from under the gun and Schemion looked down at pocket 10’s in the big blind. with no help from the board to speak of Nozaki, the first Japanese player ever to make an EPT final table, fell in eighth place.
They headed off to the dinner break seven-handed, but it only took 11 hands once they got back to cut it down to six and an end to Day 5. After Mateos opened with a minraise to 100,000, Markus Ross three-bet all in for 1.38 million from the small blind and Fares called in the big blind, prompting Mateos to fold. Ross was in a precarious position as his A Q had run headfirst into Fares’ A A, and while he did pick up some outs and some hope on a K Q 7 flop the 8 turn and J river marked his exit in seventh. With play wrapped for the night, Hady El Asmar and Fares were virtually even at the top of the chip counts – with Schemion close behind.
- Hady El Asmar – 3,970,000
- Muhyedine Fares – 3,955,000
- Ole Schemion – 3,530,000
- Johnny Lodden – 2,250,000
- Adrian Mateos – 1,770,000
- Jose Carlos Garcia – 1,435,000
Within 10 hands things shifted dramatically, with Fares surging into the lead after Schemion made a huge call only to see Fares had rivered the nut flush. Schemion’s fall from grace concluded soon after as he ran A 3 into Mateos’ A K, button against big blind, which ended his run in sixth.
Fares further increased his lead as Garcia, the short stack, shoved from the cutoff with A 9 and Fares woke up with pocket kings. There were four clubs on board with a chance for a chop by the turn, but the T river sent Garcia out in fifth and pushed Fares to over 8.5 million.
Things took a big swing in Mateos’ favor as he scored a massive double through Fares when both players checked a flop of K 9 6 and Mateos spiked a gutshot straight on the turn. It got all in on that J turn card, and with a set of sixes Fares couldn’t help but call and double the young Spaniard into the new chipleader.
Lodden was on the short stack at this point, but doubled through Mateos with pocket fours against A 9. Mateos got a huge measure of revenge in a crazy pot worth almost 4 million, where he called a raise with J T on an A 9 3 flop and fired the turn and river to drive Lodden off of pocket fives – though it took a tank of over three minutes from Lodden before he got rid of it. Mateos immediately showed his hand and Lodden could only look to the heavens.
Mateos cleared 10 million briefly, but it would be Fares who would eventually finish off Lodden. To his credit, Lodden got all in with the best of it holding A Q to Fares’ A 9, but a 9 on the flop doomed Lodden to a fourth place finish – two years after he took third in this same event, at, objectively, one of the most talented final tables ever.
Fares took that very same hand up against Mateos a few hands into three-handed play, only this time there was over 8.6 million in the pot. He was up against it once again as Mateo had K K with a chance to eliminate Fares and take a massive lead into heads-up play with El Asmar. The A J 9 was all Fares, though, and he took over the chiplead as Mateos slipped into second.
El Asmar wasn’t much longer for the tournament, though, as he called a minraise in the big blind with 8 6, flopped top pair, and then ran head-first into Fares’ A A. Two clean river cards later and Fares had himself a 2-to-1 chiplead going into heads-up play with Mateos, while El Asmar had a big payday for himself and a third place finish as a consolation prize.
They immediately headed off to dinner, and upon their return Mateos quickly pulled himself back into it. in the blink of an eye he doubled, and it wouldn’t be long til Mateos had added his name to the EPT’s record books.
The €10,600 Main Event drew a field of 564, building a prizepool of, appropriately enough, €5,640,000. Just 79 of those players saw any return on their money, with Juan Martin Pastor (11th), Tom Hall (15th) and Connor Drinan (16th) coming within one table of the final eight before falling out. Scott Clements (18th), Stephen Chidwick (21st), Andre Akkari (23rd), Mustapha Kanit (26th), Jason Mercier (28th), Fabrice Soulier (29th), Isaac Haxton (30th), Felix Stephensen (32nd), current BLUFF POY leader Dzmitry Urbanovich (40th), Eugene Katchalov (64th) and Steve O’Dwyer (74th) are just a sample of the star-studded group that made the money but fell shy of a final table.
With the conclusion of this event, Season 11 of the EPT is officially in the books. The tour will, as it always has, take the summer off and return on August 19 as Season 12 kicks off in Barcelona. For a more in depth look at the Season 12 schedule, check out the full story about its release from earlier in the week.
2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event – Final Results
- Adrian Mateos – $1,211,836 (€1,082,000)
- Muhyedine Fares – $760,478
- Hady El Asmar – $544,318
- Johnny Lodden – $424,479
- Jose Carlos Garcia – $332,919
- Ole Schemion – $261,519
- Markus Ross – $195,215
- Koichi Nozaki – $135,184
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