A great star of poker, he is preparing to become a celebrity ! At 23 years old, Adrian Mateos Diaz is the youngest worldwide player and the holder of three WSOP bracelets. A greater performance as it comes “seasoned” with other incredible achievements: winner of almost 1 million dollars at the tournament of 50,000€ buy-in, No Limit Hold’em – Eight Max Shot Clock (Event 32) in the spring of this year or winner of the EPT Monte Carlo tournament, which took place two years ago, with 10,000€ + 600 buy-in, No Limit Hold’em – EPT Main Event (Event #27), which brought him this time over 1 million Euros!
How did all start
The Madrilenian player turned 23 on 1st of July and decided to become the best. It is shocking how, by this age, he managed to collect so much money from professional poker as other people in a lifetime full of sacrifices. He had learned the skills since he was a child, when his parents taught him chess and have even enrolled him in a chess school. But that did not last long. After a while, during the summer vacations, he used to play various card games with his family, such as Mus, a Spanish card game of Basque origin, invented in 1745.
This was in his advantage, but his love of poker started at the age of 16, when, one night, he saw a TV episode of the European Poker Tour. He instantly fell in love with poker and everything he had done until the age of 18 was to continuously gather information about how to use his skills to play poker as well as possible. It is interesting that he had made his bankroll within three months, from July to September 2012, when he had already won four online tournaments.
All on fast-forward
As soon as he had moved in the live casinos in Madrid, he began playing 1€ (SB) with 2€ (BB) and in only a few month he allowed to pass to 2€-4€ and then to 4€-8€. Afterwards, he wanted to play in live tournaments. And he won smaller tournaments, and short after that, he got the title at Estrellas Poker Tour by winning 100.000 €.
Right after that he decided to go to London (where he is residing now) to play on a truly professional level. Unfortunately, he was forced to give up the University studies, to his parents’ disappointment. He was supposed to learn economy-finance-management. He promised his parents that he would return into his country to restart his studies after one year, if he failed in playing poker. Unfortunately for poker, this could not be possible, and Adrian has now over 9 million Euros in his accounts, money he won from this sport.
In the autumn of 2013 (remember that the title at Estrella Poker Tour had been won in January) he participated at WSOPE, which took place that year at Enghien-les-Bains and he played the Event 6, 10,000€ + 450 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event, which he surprisingly won by defeating a field of 375 very good players. Among the great names, we mention: Dominik Nitsche (3rd place), Hans Vogt (20th place) or Daniel Negreanu (25th place). The great pot: 1 million Euros! In 2014 he won no important tournament, but he finished on the second place for a few times in row at EPT Deauville, EPT San Remo or UKIPT 4. The following year, in the spring of 2015, he actually exploded and won 2 Turbo Cash – 6 Max tournaments, and on 2nd of May, in the 11th season of EPT, he won 10.000€ at the famous EPT Main Event Grand Final from Monte Carlo, a victory that filled his accounts with over 1 million Euros.
In April 2016, he participated at World Poker Tour (WPT) in Hollywood at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at a tournament of 10.000$ buy-in, where he played the final table and finished on the 4th place by winning over 200.000$.
In June 2016 he dedicated his entire time to WSOP. He played the Event 33, where he managed to pass a field of 1840 players who had created a prize pool of 2.484.000$, on a 1.500$ buy-in. He defeated the German, Koray Aldemir, at heads-up and he was awarded a prize of over 400.000$.
In December, last year, he ended the year with important amounts of money by participating in the two high-roller tournaments and by obtaining two of the best results: Event 20 and 21 from WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. He had become more and more confident and invested great sums of money in buy-ins.
And finally, in the spring of this year, he played at Monte Carlo Casino in the PokerStars Championship within the 50,000€ No Limit Hold’em Evet – Eight Max Shot Clock (Event 32) where ended in the first place and obtained a consistent prize – almost 1 million dollars.
The third bracelet came around the beginning of June, after he had successfully participated at this year’s WSOP and won 335,656$ at the 10,000$ No Limit Hold’em – Heads-Up Championship (Event #15). Among the persons he had defeated were the American, Dan Smith, Ryan Riess, or the Englishman, Charlie Carrel.
In only few years he managed to amaze the whole poker world, and to perform several top performances:
– 3 WSOP bracelets
– 9,188,485$ won from live tournaments
– He is the second, after Carlos Mortensen, in top all-time of the best Spanish poker player worldwide
– 1 EPT title and 1 final table
– 1 final table at WPT
– 3 final tables at WSOP tournaments and 6 money entries
– The only Spanish, winner of an EPT tournament
Attention! All at the age of 23!
We are sure that Mateos would not stop here, as he has recently stated in an interview “I am ambitious and I wish to win more and more titles”, and he has also said that “if you are not permanently training and learning, you will end to be eaten alive at the poker table”.