Adrian Mateos, one of the brightest young talents on the live tournament poker circuit, has been on a great run this year, his latest big win being a title run in the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party $5,300 MILLIONS Finale. This was the fourth title of the year for the 23-year-old Spanish poker pro.
At the Finale, Mateos outlasted a total field of 215 to claim the first-place prize of $250,000. In addition to the money and a trophy, Mateos got rewarded with 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win.
Mateos also took his tally of final table finishes in 2017 to 17, with only current POY leader Bryn Kenney ahead of him. Having amassed 5,822 total points and $4,816,271 in year-to-date earnings, Mateos has risen to second place in the overall POY standings with only 886 points away from taking the lead.
Mateos entered the event fresh off a fourth-place showing in the $25,500 high roller at the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party series. Just four days after cashing for $110,000 in that event, he entered the final day of 2017 Caribbean Poker Party $5,300 MILLIONS Finale event at seventh chip position with 26 players remaining. Once the field reduced to nine players, Mateos moved up to take the fourth place on the leaderboard.
After that, the Spaniard knocked ninth-placed Pavel Plesuv to take the outright lead. Mateos scored two more eliminations en route to setting a heads-up battle with Anatoly Filatov. Mateos took the lead by winning a key pot holding pocket aces, and converted the lead into a title.
Anatoly Filatov and Kenny Hallaert finished at second and third positions to take home $165,000 and $110,000, respectively.
At 22 years old, Adrian Mateos had become the youngest player to ever win three WSOP bracelets. As of November 2017, Mateos’ total live tournament winnings exceed $11 million.