Our favourite Spaniard struck gold in his first Marrakech tournament.
This is a huge first for the SISMIX, an event that will go down in history, an incredible day that will be remembered for ever... I am of course referring to the time at which the Main Event came to an end: the winner was crowned... before the opening of the Theatro!
As is the tradition in our festival mixing party and poker: the final evening, our Main Event winner is taken out to the crazy nightclub next to the Es Saadi casino and rewarded with many bottles, performers and songs by the DJ.
Thankfully, the tournament ended with plenty of time to spare for a celebration party, thanks to Adrián Mateos Diaz. Yet again! What's with this guy? Just nine months after joining out Team Pro family, the Spaniard decided to discover the joys of the SISMIX for the very first time, late regging on Day 1C, the last day for registrations. Everyone was asking themselves the same question: how would the máquina, who had won a total of 14 million euros in the Macao and Vegas High Rollers and Super High Rollers, the EPT champion and triple WSOP bracelet-winner, play a €550 event, which he hadn't done in 5 years, right at the time when he was launching himself (with success!) in to the live poker scene in Madrid? Three days later, we have our answer: just as seriously as if the buy-in was 100 times bigger! Focused, alert, on the ball, like a boxer incessantly throwing punches in the ring.
"Adrián is a born competitor: when he sits down at a table, he's aiming for the win", explains Stéphane Matheu, beaming proudly like a coach celebrating the second victory of his protégé in just three weeks. "Everything he does falls in to place with his objectives. The buy-in has no importance. Whether it be €25,000 or €500, he gives his A-game."
"I was born to compete", explains Adrián after his victory. "When I turned professional, I decided to give my best every single day. I came here with the same mindset, with the hunger to win. It had indeed been five years since I had played this kind of tournament. People tried to warn me: "You're not used to this, it's not going to be easy." But it was quite the opposite for me: these players make mistakes which facilitates the game somewhat. However, a poker tournament is still a poker tournament, and you must always run good to win, especially when there are over 1,200 entries like here. I got lucky to win both the big coolers I was dealt today, against Miguel and on the final table. Sometimes, the cards choose for you."
In two weeks time, Adrián Mateos Diaz will - already - be leaving for Vegas, where he will be playing a series of High Roller tournaments at the Aria casino prior to taking on the World Series of Poker. However, before he embarks on this journey, Adrián wishes to convey the following message: "I cannot wait to celebrate this with the Team. I arrived late in Marrakech, so I was unable to take advantage of the pool, and will be experienceing the Theatro for the first time. In any case, I can only recommend this tournament. This isn't just poker, there are a ton of things to do. It's an actual holiday."
Results - Main Event 6,000 MAD (€550)
1,078 buy-ins (re-entries included) - Prizepool 5,627,200 MAD
Winner: Adrián Mateos - 1,000,000 MAD (€89,496)
Runner-up: Henrique Pinho 730,000 MAD (€65,332)
3rd: Medhi Maira 510,000 MAD (€45,643)
4th: Corentin Ropert 360,000 MAD (€32,218)
5th: Miguel Tavares 265,000 MAD (€23,276)
6th: Kamel Atoui 195,000 MAD (€17,541)
7th: Francesco Pilliteri 150,000 MAD (€13,424)