– General Information –
Adrián Mateos is a Spanish professional poker player. He was born on July 1st, 1994 in Spain, Madrid.
In 2013, at only 19 years of age, he won the WSOP Europe Main Event for €1,000,000. Adrián went on to win two more bracelets at the World Series in Las Vegas, in 2016 and 2017.
Overall, he cashed for over $20 million in live tournaments which puts him in the top 30 biggest live tournament winners of all time. He also plays high stakes online tournaments occasionally, playing under the screen name “Amadi_017” on PokerStars.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2013: He explodes onto the high stakes live tournament scene by winning the €10,000 WSOP Europe Main Event for €1,000,000 at only 19 years of age.
- 2015: He wins the €10,000 European Poker Tour Main Event for €1.082 million in Monte Carlo. That is his biggest single live tournament cash to date.
- 2016: He wins his first WSOP gold bracelet in the $1,500 Summer Solstice No Limit Hold’em event for $409,171.
- 2017: He wins his second WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em – Heads-Up Championship (Event #15) for $336,656.
- 2018: He wins two Aria high roller events in Las Vegas in less than 5 weeks – the $26,000 in June for $253,240 and the $26,000 in July for $249,880.
- 2019: He takes down three major tournaments in the course of just 3 weeks – the $25,500 MILLIONS Super High Roller and the $10,300 MILLIONS Main Event at partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas and the €10,300 No Limit Hold’em – 8-Handed (Event #1) at EPT Prague for a bit under $2 million combined.
– Adrián Mateos’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Given the fact that Mateos started playing high roller events at such a young age, he didn’t have time to do much else with his life before poker.
In an interview with CalvinAyre.com in 2014, he had this to say about his beginnings:
“I started playing poker when I was 16 years old. In the beginning I studied on my own. I loved the game, and read as much as I could. Then I moved to London with some other great players and things were different. My study involved talking with other people about hands. When you play in the High Rollers you meet so many great players, so it’s very good to talk about hands with them. You also have to work hard on your own. I also play online. It’s the best way to improve. You have trackers, and these help you study your game in more detail.”
At the very start of his career, he mainly played cash games in his local land casinos while studying economics in college. That is how he made enough money to move to London with a group of fellow poker players to pursue the game as a profession.
→ Live Tournaments ←
Mateos has a long and impressive live tournament resume on HendonMob. He has cashed in no fewer than 163events around the world, for a total of $21.384 million. That puts him in the top 30 biggest live tournament winners of all time, according to the HendonMob database.
The first recorded cash on his profile is from October 2012. He won a €600 tourney at the Casino Gran in Madrid for €32,699.
The next year, in 2013, he started playing high rollers at the European Poker Tour. He cashed in a €10,000 event (12th place for €21,400) in Deauville, France.
His big break came soon afterwards. In October 2013, he won the €10,000 Main Event at the WSOP Europe in Paris for €1,000,000. He beat the French Fabrice Soulier heads-up for the title. He was just 19 years old at the time. Mateos is the second youngest WSOPE Main Event champion behind the Norwegian Anette Obrestad who won the event in 2007.
However, for a long time after his famous WSOPE victory, Mateos didn’t deliver any huge tournament scores. The next time he cashed for more than $100,000 was in May 2015. However, he was able to get back to the top of the live high roller scene with another major tournament victory.
He took down the €10,000 EPT Main Event for €1.082 million in Monte Carlo. That is his biggest single live tournament score to date.
In December 2018, he came in 5th in the $300K Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria for $972,000.
In addition to his WSOPE and EPT victories, he took down 3 other major tournaments as well.
In April 2017, he finished first in the €50,000 NLHE event at the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo for €908,000.
At the partypoker World MILLIONS Bahamas in November 2019, he managed to take down two events. He won the $10K Main Event for $1.163 million, and the $25K High Roller for $520,000 as well.
And only a few weeks later, he continued to dominate at the European Poker Tour in Prague where he won the €10,300 No Limit Hold’em – 8-Handed (Event #1) for €177,500, came third in the €50,000 No Limit Hold’em – EPT Super High Roller (Event #12) for €320,170 and then even min-cashed in the Main Event.
→ World Series Of Poker ←
Adrian Mateos has won two WSOP gold bracelets so far. He and 2001 WSOP Main Event champion Carlos “el Matador” Mortensen – who was born in Ecuador, but the WSOP website lists him as a Spanish player – are the only two Spanish players to have won more than one bracelet. Also, since many people count WSOP Europe victories as bracelets, Mateos can easily be considered the most successful Spanish player in WSOP history with 3 victories.
He won the first one in 2016. He was able to beat the giant, 1,840-player field in the $1,500 Summer Solstice No Limit Hold’em event and won $409,171.
The next year, in 2017, he won the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship for $335,656. His final heads-up match was against John Smith from the US for the title.
Aside from his two bracelets, the Spanish pro has delivered some other major scores from the World Series in Las Vegas as well.
He final tabled the $50K NLHE event commemorating the golden jubilee of the WSOP in 2019. He eventually busted in 5th place and earned $367,186.
In 2016, he came in 11th in the $111,111 Big One for One Drop high roller for $310,550. In 2018, he finished 8th in the $100K NLHE High Roller event for $295,066. He also has an ITM finish from the biggest poker tournament each year, the WSOP Main Event. He finished 750th for $15,000 in 2015.
Overall, Adrián Mateos has cashed in 16 events at the World Series, for a total of $1.814 million.
→ Live Cash Games ←
As we mentioned above, Mateos started off as a live cash game player, playing €1/€2 NLHE in his home country of Spain. He gradually worked his way up to the €4/€8 stakes. Then he moved to London with some poker player friends to pursue poker as a career.
Since then, however, he focused on tournaments instead of cash games. There is no footage of him playing live cash on any online streams or TV shows.
→ Online Poker ←
Mateos plays under the screen name “Amadi_017” on PokerStars. He mainly pays high buy-in tournaments, although he’s not the biggest online grinder out there and therefore his results are scarce.
In May 2017, he won the $2,100 NLHE SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) event for $234,000. In November 2019, he finished first in the $1,050 Thursday Thrill tournament for $15,428 on Stars.
As for online cash games, he has even fewer results available online. The online high stakes cash game database has exactly one hand (!) tracked on the Amadi_017 account. That No Limit Hold’em hand was quite lucrative for him though, since he won $2,045 in that micro sample.
In 2020, when the dreaded coronavirus pandemic forced all WSOP events to be played online, Mateos cashed in 5 events played on Natural8-GGNetwork. The biggest cash out of the five was $21,483, for taking 103rd place in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em – WSOP Super MILLION$ (Event #83).
→ Sponsorship ←
Adrián Mateos is a sponsored pro for the French online poker room Winamax. He was signed in October 2017.