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Adrian Mateos Diaz Wins 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo €50,000 Super High Roller

22-Year-Old Tops 64-Entry Field To Win €908,000


Adrian Mateos Diaz is only 22 years old, but that hasn’t stopped the Spanish poker pro from ascending to the top of the tournament world. His most recent triumph came when he topped an elite field of 64 entries to emerge victorious in the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo €50,000 single-day no-limit hold’em super high roller. For the win he earned €908,000 ($989,720 USD) and his sixth live tournament title. He has already cashed for nearly $8 million in live poker tournaments despite only being eligible to play in European casinos for four years.

This latest score was only the third largest of his career, with his wins in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe and in the 2015 EPT Grand Final main events both being worth seven figures.

As you would expect, Mateos Diaz had to contend with some of poker’s biggest and brightest stars en route to his victory in this high stakes event. Among the players he outlasted at the final table were several of the high roller circuit’s most consistent performers like Steve O’Dwyer (6th – €192,400), Nick Petrangelo (5th – €248,400), Fedor Holz (4th – €319,800) and Poker Hall of Fame member Erik Seidel (3rd – €423,800).

In the end it came to a heads-up showdown between Mateos Diaz and Canadian pro Daniel Dvoress, who was fresh off of a third-place finish in the €100,000 buy-in super high roller just a day earlier. Mateos Diaz held roughly a 3-to-1 chip advantage when the final battle commenced. It didn;t take long for him to extend that lead and leave Dvoress in desperation mode. In the final hand Mateos Diaz moved all-in from the button for Dvoress’ stack of around 10 big blinds. Dvoress called with the KSpade Suit2Club Suit and was ahead of Mateos Diaz’s JDiamond Suit8Heart Suit. The board ran out 8Spade Suit3Club Suit3Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit3Heart Suit, giving Mateos Diaz a full house to secure the pot and the title. Dvoress earned €652,000 ($710,680 USD) as the runner up.

In addition to the prize money this event also awarded plenty of Card Player Player of the Year points, making a huge impact on the top of the POY leaderboard which is presented by Commerce Hotel and Casino for 2017. Mateos Diaz climbed into 24th place in the standings after earning the 612 points awarded to the champion of this event. Dvoress, who has now made six final tables in 2017, moved into 14th place after this latest score.

Steve O’Dwyer earned 204 points for his sixth-place finish at what was his sixth final table of the year, and with two titles won so far in 2017 he has ascended to fifth place in the overall rankings. Fedor Holz finished fourth for 306 points. With four final table scores, he now occupies the eighth-place spot on the leader board. Finally Nick Petrangelo’s fifth-place showing earned him another 255 points. This was his seventh final table score this year, and as a result he has moved into second place in the standings with 3,173 total points and more than $2.5 million in year-to-date earnings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Adrian Mateos Diaz $989,720 612
2 Daniel Dvoress $710,680 510
3 Erik Seidel $461,942 408
4 Fedor Holz $348,582 306
5 Nick Petrangelo $270,756 255
6 Steve O’Dwyer $209,716 204
7 Ramin Hajiyev $165,833 153
8 Michael Watson $128,620 102
9 Sergio Aido $98,209 51

Winner photo courtesy of PokerStars / Thomas Stacha.