Heads Up with Remko – Adrian Mateos

23 Years Old, $13 Million in Live Earnings, 3 WSOP Bracelets and an EPT Grand Final Win

Adrian Mateos during Event #1 of the US Poker Open
Adrian Mateos during Event #1 of the US Poker Open.

This week on the Heads Up with Remko podcast it’s Spanish young gun Adrian Mateos who tells the story of his life in the game of poker.

  • 2:21 – The 2017 Player of the Year honors, setting it as a goal and being able to complete it.
  • 3:55 – Adrian proudest victory, the WSOP Europe Main Event which allowed him to live and play what he wanted.
  • 6:12 – Finding the game at age 16, and quickly becoming one of the best players in Spain.
  • 8:54 – The difference between studying and learning the game in Spain versus being a part of the global English-speaking community.
  • 11:50 – Carlos Mortensen, his popularity, chasing him on the Spanish all-time money list and becoming Number 1.
  • 14:55 – Why and how $5 million in cashes doesn’t correspond directly with the profit Adrian takes home.
  • 18:15 – The life-changing aspects of winning a million euros in 2013 at age 18, jumping in the deep end with high roller events and growing as a player.
  • 21:05 – The perception is his success by friends, family and the media in Spain.
  • 23:15 – The first time in Las Vegas, playing the Main Event a few days after his birthday, thinking back to watching the biggest event in the world before he was able to participate and winning bracelets.
  • 29:00 – What’s next for Adrian Mateos?
  • 31:50 – The Big One for One Drop in 2018, will we see Adrian participate?
  • 33:50 – The video game rating of Adrian Mateos, in line with a tradition that Bryn Kenney started on the podcast.
  • 37:20 – Going up against ‘The Germans’, a strong collection of players that shares information and helps each other reach new heights, versus what the Spanish high roller players are up to these days.
  • 40:32 – GTO vs exploitative, the future of poker in Spain and being called “The Conquistador”.
  • 44:59 – 2018, The Bahamas, Miami, US Poker Open and not getting into non-hold’em games just yet.
  • 48:38 – Quick questions! Partying after a big win, renting a big villa in Ibiza, and his drink of choice.

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