This week on the Heads Up with Remko podcast it’s Spanish young gun Adrian Mateos who tells the story of his life in the game of poker.

  • 2:21 – The 2017 Player of the Year honors, setting it as a goal and being able to complete it.
  • 3:55 – Adrian proudest victory, the WSOP Europe Main Event which allowed him to live and play what he wanted.
  • 6:12 – Finding the game at age 16, and quickly becoming one of the best players in Spain.
  • 8:54 – The difference between studying and learning the game in Spain versus being a part of the global English-speaking community.
  • 11:50 – Carlos Mortensen, his popularity, chasing him on the Spanish all-time money list and becoming Number 1.
  • 14:55 – Why and how $5 million in cashes doesn’t correspond directly with the profit Adrian takes home.
  • 18:15 – The life-changing aspects of winning a million euros in 2013 at age 18, jumping in the deep end with high roller events and growing as a player.
  • 21:05 – The perception is his success by friends, family and the media in Spain.
  • 23:15 – The first time in Las Vegas, playing the Main Event a few days after his birthday, thinking back to watching the biggest event in the world before he was able to participate and winning bracelets.
  • 29:00 – What’s next for Adrian Mateos?
  • 31:50 – The Big One for One Drop in 2018, will we see Adrian participate?
  • 33:50 – The video game rating of Adrian Mateos, in line with a tradition that Bryn Kenney started on the podcast.
  • 37:20 – Going up against ‘The Germans’, a strong collection of players that shares information and helps each other reach new heights, versus what the Spanish high roller players are up to these days.
  • 40:32 – GTO vs exploitative, the future of poker in Spain and being called “The Conquistador”.
  • 44:59 – 2018, The Bahamas, Miami, US Poker Open and not getting into non-hold’em games just yet.
  • 48:38 – Quick questions! Partying after a big win, renting a big villa in Ibiza, and his drink of choice.

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Adrian Mateos, Carlos Mortensen