The Main Event of the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe finished with a bang after an almost five-hour heads-up match where Spain’s 19-year old Adrian Mateos beat Fabrice Soulier.
“[With] more money I can play more events,” said a very happy Mateos after the win. “You will see me more... Next year I can’t [go to Vegas], I have to wait, but I will be there.”
2013 WSOP Europe Main Event Final Tables Results
Benny Spindler came to the table with a poker resume — former PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London winner and World Series Asia-Pacific Main Event finalist — and even though he was fourth in chips with 87 big blinds as his aresenal, he made a massive mistake when he attempted a huge bluff against Jerome Huge that didn't work.
WSOP.com reported that on the 32nd hand Spindler called a raise from Huge. But it didn't stop there, because Spindler saw a flop of and called a bet of 45,000. Huge bet 75,000 when the came off on the turn and Spindler called. The came on the river and Huge bet 100,000 and Spindler answered by going all-in for 523,000. Huge tanked but made the call. Spindler showed the — he was playing the board. Huge held the for two pair.
Spindler was gone a few hands later in sixth place after he moved all-in for three big blinds with the . Mateos called with the . The flop brought the and the turn produced the but the on the river sent him to the cashier.
Ravi Raghavan flopped a royal flush draw against Mateos’ two pair but he was next to hit the rail. Mateos bet 65,000 on the flop, Raghavan raised to 175,000, Mateos made it 410,000, and Raghavan moved all-in for 1,275 million. Mateos called and tabled the for top and bottom pair. Raghavan turned over the . The on the turn gave Raghavan extra outs, but the on the river ended his tournament life in fifth place.
Huge ran his own bluff when it got down to four-handed play — and it failed. Huge check-called a bet of 75,000 on a flop of , then led for 200,000 when the hit the turn. Soulier called to see the on the river. Huge moved all-in for 780,000, Soulier tank-called, and Huge showed the for a lowly pair of threes. Soulier produced aces up with the and Huge hit the cashier to claim his €251,000 prize.
Dominik Nitsche took his turn at running a bluff during three-handed play. The blinds were at 20,000/40,000/4,000 and Mateos opened to 85,000 from the button. Nitsche three-bet to 225,000 out of the big blind. Mateos called and the flop brought the . Nitsche led out for 180,000. Mateos called. The turn was the , Nitsche fired again, this time for 290,000, and Mateos called. The river was the , Nitsche bet 400,000. After tanking for a few minutes, Mateos called. Nitsche mucked his cards and Mateos tabled before claiming the pot.
Nitsche was gone in third place six hands later. He three-bet all-in for 23 big blinds with the and the original raiser, Mateos, called with the . Nitsche was gone, gone, gone after the board brought no help.
Mateos started heads-up play with a more than four-to-one chip lead, and the gap widened between him and Soulier as play progressed. Soulier started chipping up and took away the chip lead. In one pot Soulier flopped trip fours and managed to add to his chips on all three streets.
Soulier increased his lead but then Mateos began to move up. Mateos check-called bets from the Frenchman with top pair on the 201st hand and regained the lead. And then Mateos was pulling away from Soulier but it still took almost 100 more hands before the finale hit.
On the final hand, Soulier moved all-in with the on a flop of , and Mateos thought about it before calling with the . The hit on the turn to give Mateos the lead, and when the fell on the river, it was all over.
Congratulations Mateos! Las Vegas is waiting and by the time you make it to Sin City in 2015, that €1 million win should be quadrupled up with other events you'll be playing around the world.