Adrian Mateos Wins 2015 EPT Grand Final and is Spain's First EPT Champion
€10,600 Main Event: Day 6 Final Table
Six players returned for the final day of play in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final €10,600 Main Event. The final six was led by Lebanese player Hady El Asmar, with Muhyedine Fares from Senegal right behind him. EPT Season 10 Player of the Year Ole Schemion and Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden both managed to make the final six, as did 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe champion Adrian Mateos and Polish player Jose Carlos Garcia, playing the shortest stack.
Schemion was the first to go, shortly after calling Fares' river flush with his turned two pairs to lose most of his chips. Schemion won €233,500 for sixth place, while short-stacked Garcia collected €297,250 in fifth. Johnny Lodden finished in fourth, not long after folding the best hand to Mateos' river bluff in a huge pot. Lodden won €379,000.
That left Fares, Mateos, and Asmar still battling for the title. Asmar would be the next one out after Fares woke up with in the small blind, making a minimum raise open. Asmar called from big blind with seeing an eight high flop come down. It didn't take long for all the chips get in with Fares covering Asmar. No help on the turn and river meant Asmar finished in third for €486,000.
Heads up play lasted nearly three hours, until the biggest pot of the night gave Mateos a commanding lead. When Fares opened with ace-nine, Mateos called behind with . Fireworks were inevitable when the dealer laid on the flop. All the money went in after Fares called a four-bet shove, putting Mateos at risk in a 14,750,000 chip pot. The turn teased at more outs for Fares, but ultimately the run out bricked, and Fares was down to just over two million chips. It would take only three more hands for Fares to finish in second for €679,000 and Mateos to collect the top prize of €1,082,000.
€25,500 High Roller: Day 3
Twelve players made it through to the final day of play in the €25,500 High Roller, with everyone guaranteed at least €86,800 for their trouble. Yingui Li of China would be the one to collect that prize, followed by 2013 WSOP November Niner Dominik Nitsche in eleventh for €96,300. Other notable players cashing on the final day included 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson (10th — €96,300), Dan Smith (eighth — €137,400), Dario Sammartino (sixth — €257,400), Max Altergott (fifth — €339,100) and Steve O'Dwyer (third — €528,700).
It would be 21-year-old British player Charlie Carell who would eventually take down the top prize. Carell won after 30 minutes of heads-up play against Imad Derwiche. Derwiche pocketed €750,000 for second while Carell collected €1,114,000 and the trophey.
The end of Friday's action brought Season 11 of the EPT to a close. Season 12 kicks off, as always, in Barcelona in August, but this time, for the first time ever, featuring a home-town Spanish champion. Look for satellites to the EPT12 Barcelona on PokerStars, and stay tuned to PokerNews Canada for all the poker action.