POKER: ADRIAN MATEOS WINS EPT GRAND FINAL

It has been a long time coming, but Spain finally has its first champion on the European Poker Tour after 20-year-old 2013 WSOPE Main Event winner Adrian Mateos took down the 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event.



Not only did he win the last Main Event of Season 11 of the tour for more than $1.2 million, but he added the second leg of a career Triple Crown before the age of 21. Mateos is the first Spanish player in the tour’s history to win a Main Event title, and he now owns victories in the two most prestigious European championships in the world – the EPT Grand Final and the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.

Mateos was involved in many interesting hands throughout the final, like the one he played against online legend Johnny Lodden.

Lodden was unable to make a comeback after that hand and was eventually eliminated in fourth place for €379,000. "Just did the worst fold I've ever done," Lodden tweeted shortly after the hand.

When the tournament went heads up, Muhyedine Fares had a chip lead over Mateos, but that didn't stop Mateos as he is now the first Spanish Champion in EPT history.

That ends the current season of the European Poker Tour. The new season begins in August in Barcelona.

2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event – Final Results

  1. Adrian Mateos – $1,211,836 (€1,082,000)
  2. Muhyedine Fares – $760,478
  3. Hady El Asmar – $544,318
  4. Johnny Lodden – $424,479
  5. Jose Carlos Garcia – $332,919
  6. Ole Schemion – $261,519
  7. Markus Ross – $195,215
  8. Koichi Nozaki – $135,184