Millionaire Mateos Goes Mega Deep

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Mateos Goes Mega Deep
24 Jan


Sundays have always been legendary for online tournament players and 888’s Super XL festival just added to that this weekend past, with 10 events and bucketloads of cash on offer – a chunk of it going to WSOPE champ - Adrian “ADRI_ATM” Mateos.

The number 2 on the all-time live tournament money winners list in Spain with $6.4million proved he was no slouch at the virtual game when he took down the $215 buy-in Mega Deep, which saw ‘a $191,800 prize pool up for grabs after 959 players jumped into the action’ according to 888.

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The top prize of $34,524 wasn’t the biggest scoop of the day, however, as the $160 Tune Up event drew an incredible 1,454 players and 654 re-buys, smashing the $250K guarantee with an eventual $316,200 prize pool on the line.

Stepping up to the plate were a pair of Scandinavians, ForSvojt and SalsaFiesta, who absolutely lived up to the aggressive tag that Danish and Swedish players are noted for – battling heads-up for more than an hour until the A8 party hand of SalsaFiesta fell flat when ForSvojt paired his Q9 lady on the flop. $53,754 the reward but no place on the leaderboard for the Dane, showing just how tough the competition is.

In fact it’s a 1-2-3 for the Czech Republic just now in the race to the top spot come January’s end, when – as 888 rightly boast –

"2 tables will host the top 18 players of the series, who will battle it out for the chance to realize every poker player’s biggest dream: playing in the one and only WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas!"

Three was also the magic number for Argentina at the weekend, a country at the forefront of the 12-day online bonanza, with ‘ wes.c.addle’ walking off with the $42,502 top prize in the Whale, ‘gonzAAr’ topping a field of 1,054 players and 460 re-buys to win the $90 buy-in Sunday Challenge for $23,009 and then ‘_zufurduo_’ taking down the Turbo Mega Deep.


A wild weekend of action for sure, and it’s set to continue throughout the week – and I’ll be back with all the action from Tuesday’s Super XL High Roller – a $2100 buy-in cracker which aims to separate the men from the boys. Hopefully a woman will take it down just to make me look stupid!

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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