Adrian Mateos Wins the 2019 CPP Main Event
Adrian Mateos won the 2019 partypoker LIVE 2019 MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event for $1,162,805 after a three-way deal. This latest in a long line of victories push Mateos’ live poker tournament winnings to $19,423,996.
Mateos struck the deal with Aaron Van Blarcum and Chris Hunichen. The trio shared $3,230,000 of the $10 million prize pool.
partypoker LIVE 2019 MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event Final Table Results
|2||Aaron Van Blarcum||United States||$970,000*|
|3||Chris Hunichen||United States||$1,097,195*|
|8||Gregory Baird||United States||$180,000|
The $10,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 948 entrants leaving partypoker with a $520,000 overlay. Dozens of the world’s best players bought in, including Mateos, hoping for a big win in The Bahamas.
Each of the 135 players who made it through to Day 3 received prize money for their efforts. Such luminaries as Manig Loeser, Ryan Laplante, Isaac Haxton, Kahle Burns, and 2019 Poker Masters winner Sam Soverel cashed. Kristen Bicknell, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Darren Elias and Sergi Reixach also cashed.
Mateos in the Middle of the Pack
Day 4, the final day, saw 24 players return to the tables with Mateos in the middle of the pack. Team partypoker pro Ludovic Geilich was the chip leader with 116,000,000 chips but he endured a torrid time.
Geilich was forced to fold on the flop in a three-bet hand against William Blais which hurt his stack. Soon after, Blais opened to 4,000,000 and Geilich called on the button with pocket aces. Alex Foxen squeezed all-in for 37,800,000, Blais folded but Geilich called. Foxen showed king-jack with the jack of hearts. The board ran all hearts to gift Foxen a flush and leave Geilich with a short stack of four bigs. He busted shortly after in 14th place for $65,000.
Former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess, Foxen, Jonathan Kozel, and Oskar Prehm busted to set the nine-handed final table.
Mateos Third in Chips at the Final Table
Philipp Gruissem was the first player to bust from the final table, suffering the same fate as Geilich. Gruissem got his chips into the middle with aces and Hunichen called with sixes. A six on the turn improved Hunichen to a set and sent Gruissem home in ninth for $140,000.
Hunichen sent Gregory Baird to the showers in eighth for his first six-figure prize. Peter Jetten pushed all-in with king-ten and lost to Scott Wellenbach’s queens to leave only six players in the hunt.
Those six became five when Oleg Mandzjuk three-bet all-in with five-four and lost to the ace-eight of Wellenbach.
Blais got lucky against Geilich earlier in the day, but ran out of luck against Hunichen. Blais looked set for a double when his ace-eight was against queen-ten. That was until Hunichen spiked a queen on the river to end Blais’ tournament. This was only Blais’ second cash and it weighed in at $500,000.
Philanthropist Wellenbach secured the $650,000 fourth-place prize only 10 months after winning $671,240. Wellenbach’s short stack shove with queen-five fell foul to the ace-nine of Aaron Van Blarcum.
Final Three Players Strike a Deal
The final trio of players locked horns for a short while before going on an official break. They struck a deal during that break which left $100,000 for the eventual champion.
Hunichen secured $1,097,195 but would win no more as he fell in third. The American committed his stack with ace-three and lost to the dominating ace-king of Van Blarcum.
Both Mateos and Van Blarcum were almost level in chips at the start of heads-up but Mateos soon pulled away. Van Blarcum, winner of the WPT Legends of Poker, was down to 134,000,000 chips at the final hand. Mateos held 814,000,000 chips.
Van Blarcum moved all-in with ten-deuce and Mateos called with jack-nine. A nine landed on the flop to put the ball in Mateos’ court. Both the turn and river bricked, busting Van Blarcum in second-place for $970,000, leaving Mateos to collect $1,162,805.
Mateos is a True Superstar
It is difficult to believe Mateos is only 25-years-old. The Spaniard has already won three WSOP bracelets, winning his third aged 22 thus becoming the youngest-ever triple bracelet winner. Mateos was also the first Spaniard to win an EPT title after triumphing in the 2015 Grand Final.
He already tops the Spanish all-time money listings and is now 30th in the entire world.