Throughout the summer, PokerGO will bring fans across the globe exclusive access to World Series of Poker final table streams and Poker Central will be following all the WSOP action. Each day, “World Series of Photos” will tell the daily stories from the Rio, so you don’t miss any of the sights of the WSOP.
Event #15 – $10,000 Heads-Up Championship
Are we allowed to give players nicknames? If so, from this point forward, Adrian Mateos is to be known as The Conquistador. The young Spaniard won his third-career bracelet last night in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, besting John Smith in the final match. At just 22-years-old, many expect Mateos to continue to make leaps like this into his final table rails, pictured top, as he continues to leap higher and conquer more in the poker world.
If Adrian Mateos is The Conquistador, John Smith is Old Reliable. The 70-year-old war veteran has finished runner-up in back-to-back Heads-Up Championships and even though Smith was relatively even keeled throughout the day, he did show some emotion after defeating 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess in the first semi-final. If Smith had won, this could have been in the running Best Photo of the Summer.
Event #16 – $1,500 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
The final table of Event #16 will be live streamed later today, exclusively on PokerGO, and while we are likely a few hours away from that, for now, the focus is on Demosthenes Kiriopoulos. The Canadian returns for Day 3 with the chip lead but he won’t have an easy road to his first WSOP final table. Matt Berkey, the star of PokerGO’s Dead Money series, returns 5th in chips, with James Mackey and Ismael Bojang in the top ten. Matt Stout and reigning WPT Tournament of Champions winner Daniel Weinman are also alive. The cream always seems to rise, doesn’t it?
Event #17 – $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship
Ten players return for the final day of Event #17 and while the field is riddled with big names and bracelet winners, all eyes will be on John Racener throughout the day. Racener has come close multiple times at the WSOP, including a runner-up finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, but he is still looking for his first bracelet. He is in a good position to break through, as he holds the chip lead a few spots from the final table but Chris Klodnicki, Mike Matusow and other top pros are still in the running.
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