In a late surge, Spanish poker professional Adrian Mateos has moved past Bryn Kenney to secure the top spot in the Player of the Year races in tournament poker.
At the start of December, Mateos was placed fourth on the CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year leaderboard, behind Kenney and two others. The Spaniard required nearly 2000 points to get closer to Kenney. He leapfrogged, climbing over two others, using the final PokerStars Championship event to do it.
Mateos’ run in December was stunning, although he had also won the $5000 Eight Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament at the Caribbean Poker Party in November. In December, Mateos earned three final table finishes beginning at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
Mateos earned four more cashes, three final tables and two tournaments that earned him POY points back in Europe for the PSC Prague. By the end of December, Mateos amassed 2118 points in total to get past Kenney to secure the top spot.
Meanwhile, Kenney collected 105 points for a seventh-place finish in the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament on the WPT Five Diamond. However, it was not enough to keep the Spaniard from going past him.
As of December 30, Mateos sits at the top of the CardPlayer POY list with 7220 points, followed by Kenney with 7173 points.
Fedor Holz, who finished second in 2016, was at the third-place slot with earning 5875 points while Koray Aldemir was at four with 5510 points. Justin Bonomo (5411), David Peters (5034), Stephen Chidwick (4912), Jason Koon (4859), Steffen Sontheimer (4782) and Benjamin Pollak (4660) were among others in the top 10.
Mateos has also risen in the Global Poker Index Player of the Year race wherein he was in a fifth place at the start of the month. Mateos holds the top slot on the GPI POY with 3504.71 points.