Adrian Mateos, who is one of the young poker players making it big on the global circuit has managed to surprisingly take the lead in the CardPlayer Magazine’s Player of the Year race.

The magazine has been offering this award since 1997, meticulously keeping track of the many tournament results worldwide and tallying the most impressive wins to see who performed the best in a year.

Mateos started the month of December in the fourth position. The current favorite was Bryn Kenney and Mateos needed to beat two other players and Kenney to take the top spot.

To do that, he needed to get another 2000 points to match Kenney. Mateos managed to do this after having a surprisingly perfect run in multiple tournaments.

The Spanish player entered December strong after winning Caribbean Poker Party’s $5,000 Eight Handed No Limit Hold’em event. He followed it up with three final table finishes at the Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic. He then went to Prague and played really well, reaching three final tables and winning two events. His amazing run in December at the poker tables saw the Mateos compiling a total of 2118 points.

Kenney did try to fight back though. He managed to get 105 points with a seventh-place finish in WPT’s Five Diamond $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Event. However, he needed more than that to keep his position. In the end, Mateos had 7220 points, while Kenney fell short at 7173 points. The remaining spots on the Top Ten didn’t get that much of a shake-up though. Fedor Holz is now in third place at 5875 points, while Koray Aldemir is fourth with 5510. Fifth place is Justin Bonomo who earned a lot of his 5411 points from cash-ins at Five Diamond $25,000 tournaments. The remaining spots for six to ten were taken respectively by David Peters, Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon, Steffen Sontheimer and Benjamin Pollak.

Besides winning the Player of the Year, Mateos’ wins managed to raise him to the top place on the Global Poker Index (GPI) – which also has its own Player of the Year Races. He started December in fifth place on the GPI. Thanks to his great play in December, Mateos went up by 1051.36 points and in doing so he took the top spot with 3504.71. Kenney is also second in these ranking with 3478.06. This sudden rush by Mateos just highlights how influential high-roller tournaments are in determining player points.

Categories: Poker News

Posted on: 1st January 2018 by: Gary Beachley