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WSOP 2021: Adrian Mateos Takes Down Event #82: $250K Super High Roller For Fourth-Career Bracelet ($3,265,262)

Adrian Mateos wins WSOP 2021 Event 82
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  • Namita Ghosh November 21, 2021
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Event #82: $250,000 Super High Roller NLHE, the highest buy-in event at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP), is now in the books. Charging past the fiercely competitive 33-player field was none other than Winamax Team Pro Adrian Mateos (cover image), who collected his fourth gold bracelet and a mind-blowing $3.265 Million. Ben Heath finished runner-up for $2.02 Million, crossing $10 Million in lifetime earnings!

The victory is Mateos’ sixth at the ongoing series and has pushed his live tournament winnings to $25.21 Million. The 27-year-old poker pro from Spain held almost half the total chips in play heading into the final table and all but dominated the action. Mateos had to fight off an aggressive Heath during three-handed play but didn’t take much time to get past him in the heads-up finale.

Although he has won bracelet events before, Mateos was happy winning such a high buy-in tournament. He said, “It means a lot…I have played some $100,000 tournaments and even the $1,000,000 buy-in, and I never won a big buy-in like this. So this was something I’ve had in mind, to win one of these…The most important thing for me is feeling that I’m among the top tournament players and that I can compete with the best of the best.”

When I came here, I knew that I was the favorite to win, but there were four other players to beat, and it was a long wait yet. I was lucky enough and played well enough to win,” he said, adding, “It’s the same game, but it’s different because you have to adapt. My game is a little bit different in a tournament with many people compared to a small field. For me, it’s more of a mental challenge to win these tournaments.”

Only the top five places got paid a share from the $8.20 Million prize pool. The majority of the field mutually decided upon and signed a contract that allowed any player in the tournament who tested positive for COVID-19 to be refunded their buy-in. Fortunately, there wasn`t any need for the contract to be put to use.

Christopher Vogelsang money-bubbled the event in sixth place towards the fag end of Day 2.

Bagging up one last time, all five players had locked up at least $632,124 but were eyeing the whopping $3.265 Million up-top.


Final Table Chip Counts

1. Adrian Mateos – 25,500,000

2. Keith Tilston – 8,900,000

3. Ben Heath – 6,500,000

4. Seth Davies – 4,550,000

5. John Kincaid – 3,925,000


Final Table Recap

Early on Day 3, Keith Tilston lost his tournament life to John Kincaid, who hit a rivered straight to dominate Tilston’s ace-pair.

Mateos kept building his stack even as Seth Davies left the table after running his ace-seven into Ben Heath’s pocket jacks.

Soon, Heath scored a massive double-up through Mateos to take the lead.

Mateos spun up again after sending John Kincaid to the rail in third place. In a classic cooler, Mateos held pocket aces vs. Kincaid’s pocket nines. An ace on the flop only made matters worse for Kincaid, whose exit started the heads-up match.

Adrian Mateos (29,300,000) held the early advantage against Ben Heath (20,300,000) at the start of the final showdown and soon chipped up to a 2-to-1 lead. He quickly ended the duel with his pair of queens holding on against Heath’s pair of fives.

Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos


Final Table Results (USD)

1. Adrian Mateos – $3,265,262

2. Ben Heath – $2,018,148

3. John Kincaid – $1,370,575

4. Seth Davies – $930,791

5. Keith Tilston – $632,124

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerNews, WSOP & PokerGO

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