$10,300 Main Event
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$10,300 Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Adrian Mateos Leads Final 6 in PCA Main Event

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Adrian Mateos
Adrian Mateos

Adrian Mateos had just 11 big blinds starting the last level of the night. Thirteen hands later, the day was done and the Spanish 3-time bracelet winner lead the remaining 6 players. Besides Mateos, avid poker players Koray Aldemir, Shawn Buchanon, and Maria Lampropulos will return to the center stage on the final day of the event, as do short stacks Daniel Coupal and Christian Rudolph.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Maria LampropulosArgentina3,505,00044
2Shawn BuchananCanada3,755,00047
3Adrian MateosSpain5,675,00071
4Daniel CoupalCanada1,275,00016
5Christian RudolphGermany905,00011
6Koray AldemirGermany2,340,00029

The penultimate day of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure started with 16 players remaining and David Peters in the lead.

Short stack Phillip Corion ran jacks into aces early on and would not find what he so desperately needed; the board stayed clear of jacks. Florian Maurer (sixes into ace-queen) and first-time live player Jean Ateba (sevens into trip kings) left shortly after.

Meanwhile, high stakes regular Koray Aldemir doubled through Shawn Buchanan with set over set to grab the chip lead. As Bartosz Stasiewicz (king-queen into nines) exited, Aldemir got even richer. He flopped a flush against Jonathan West's flopped two-pair. They both got all their chips in, and West failed to improve to a full house, getting Aldemir up to 5.5 million in chips.

Besides Aldemir, two more high rollers were going deep. Spanish sensation Adrian Mateos and American David Peters often faced off in tournament buy-ins of $50,000 and more, and now battled deep in the main event. Peters started the day as the man in charge, but on Day 5 nothing worked for him. He lost some smaller pots and doubled Mateos with nines against ace-three, with Mateos hitting an ace on the flop to stay alive. A failed hero-call with ace-queen high set Peters back even further, only for him to fall the next hand with ace-jack to ace-king.

Michael Farrow hit the rail next, losing a blind battle with fives to ace-ten.

With just nine players remaining, the final redraw of the tournament was in order. Combined to a single table, Koray Aldemir was still the heavy favorite with almost 6 million in chips while his nearest competitor, Maria Lampropulos, had "just" 3 million.

In hand 11 of the final table of 9, Patryk Poterek lost the last of his chips. The Polish player lost with queens to Lampropulos' ace-king after she flopped trips. With Poterek eliminated, the final table of 8 was officially set. Still, play continued as the goal was to get down to 6 players.

Aldemir went on a little bit of a cold streak as he lost pot after pot. Oleg Titov was the most significant beneficiary as Aldemir check-raised all in with ace-seven against him on a five-seven-eight board. Titov wasn't afraid calling with queens, and as no ace or seven appeared on the turn or river, he was right back in it. Meanwhile, Lampropulos didn't seem able to lose a hand and took over the lead, getting her stack up to 5 million while Aldemir dropped down to 3.7.

Lampropulos and Aldemir tangled for a bit, before Shawn Buchanan overtook the lead.

At the start of Level 28, Mateos had 11 big blinds, making him one of the shortest stacks in the tournament. Ten hands later, he was the chipleader. He first doubled with ace-queen to Adalfer Morales Gamarra's king-queen and busted his Colombian neighbor the next hand winning with top-pair against a gutshot. A hand with kings where he got two streets of value of Aldemir, including a pot bet on the river, saw him surge to the top of the ranking.

Oleg Titov didn't see a picture card for just about 3 hours. With no real hands to do anything with, he was blinded down to just two big blinds. In the end, the Russian highlight of the table got it in with king-deuce to Daniel Coupal's ace-jack. Titov would not overcome the ace on the flop and exited in 7th place.

After a long day in the Bahamas, six players remain in the 2018 PCA Main Event with 51 minutes left in the 40,000/80,000 level. Mateos leads with Christian Rudolph as the shortest stack. Can Mateos grab his second PokerStars Main Event title? Check back in on Sunday at 3:30 local time to see the conclusion of the PCA Main Event.

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Adrian Mateos Stats

Total Live Earnings:$12,249,710
Best Live Cash:$1,351,661
Career Wins:11
EPT Titles:1
WSOP Bracelets:3
All Time Money List34
Spain All Time Money List:1
Global Poker Index:1
GPI Player of the Year 2017:1
YearCountryBuy-inEventEntriesPrize in US$
2013Spain€1,100Estrellas Main Event632$137,247
2013France€10,000WSOP Europe Main Event375$1,351,661
2015Monaco€10,000EPT Grand Final564$1,214,161
2016United States€1,500WSOP Summer Solstice1,840$409,171
2017Monaco€50,000PokerStars Championship High Roller64$988,924
2017United States€10,000WSOP Heads Up event129$336,656
2017MacauHK$80,000ACOP Mini High Roller124$297,927
2017Dominican Republic$5,000partypoker MILLIONS finale215$250,000
TV Table
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 5,675,000 1,965,000
Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 3,755,000 -185,000
Maria Lampropulos ar
Maria Lampropulos
ar 3,505,000 -215,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 2,340,000 -1,280,000
Daniel Coupal us
Daniel Coupal
us 1,275,000 515,000
Christian Rudolph de
Christian Rudolph
de 905,000 -295,000

Tags: Adalfer Morales GamarraAdrian MateosBartosz StasiewiczChristian RudolphDaniel CoupalDavid PetersFlorian MaurerJean AtebaJonathan WestKoray AldemirMaria LampropulosMichael FarrowOleg TitovPatryk PoterekPhillip CorionShawn Buchanan

Oleg Titov Eliminated in 7th Place ($169,920)

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Oleg Titov - 7th Place
Oleg Titov - 7th Place

Hand 103: Daniel Coupal held the {a-Diamonds}{j-Spades} on the button and moved all in for 890,000. Russia's Oleg Titov called off for 245,000 from the small blind with the {k-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and needed some help to stay alive.

The {2-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop paired both players, but Titov was still trailing. The {3-Hearts} turn was no help to him, and neither was the {8-Spades} river.

Oleg Titov ru
Oleg Titov
ru Busted

Tags: Daniel CoupalOleg Titov

Hands #95-100: Mateos Wins With Kings

Webjoker • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 95: With {K-Hearts}{10-Spades} in the hijack, Maria Lampropulos asked how much big blind Oleg Titov was playing. She eventually folded, but Shawn Buchanan with {A-Hearts}{7-Spades} in the cutoff did open, making it 160,000. Adrian Mateos on the button with {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, asked how much Buchanan was playing, and three-bet to 500,000. The blinds folded, as did Buchanan.

Hand 96: Buchanan opened {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} in the hijack, making it 160,000. That resulted in all folds, blinds and antes to Buchanan.

Hand 97: Now with a big hand, Adrian Mateos opened {K-Spades}{K-Hearts} in the hijack to 160,000. Koray Aldemir called in the big blind with {Q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and flopped top pair on {6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}. Aldemir checked and Mateos bet 250,000. Aldemir called.

With now 930,000 in the middle, Aldemir checked the {6-Spades} on the turn. Mateos checked behind. The {10-Diamonds} completed the board and Aldemir checked. Mateos bet almost pot with 925,000 slid to the middle. Aldemir called and got the bad news soon.

Hand 98: Mateos opened once more, this time under the gun plus one with {A-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}. His 160,000 raise netted him the blinds and antes as everyone folded.

Hand 99: Daniel Coupal with {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} shoved for 670,000 under the gun plus one. Everyone folded.

Hand 100: Mateos received a walk in the big blind with {8-Clubs}{5-Spades}.

Tags: Adrian MateosDaniel CoupalKoray AldemirMaria LampropulosOleg TitovShawn Buchanan

Adalfer Morales Gamarra Eliminated in 8th Place ($116,860)

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Adalfer Gamarra - 8th Place
Adalfer Gamarra - 8th Place

Hand 94: Adalfer Morales Gamarra raised to 180,000 with the {10-Hearts}{9-Hearts} on the button and Adrian Mateos three-bet to 500,000 from the small blind with the {k-Clubs}{8-Spades}. Daniel Coupal folded from the big blind and Gamarra called to see a {j-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{8-Diamonds} flop.

Gamarra checked and then snap-called off for 1,080,000 when Mateos moved all in. Gamarra was the statistical favorite with two overs and an open-ender, but the {A-Diamonds} turn made Mateos a 2-1 favorite. The {A-Clubs} river was yet another blank, making Mateos' pair of eights, with the pair of aces on the board the best hand and he took down the big pot, while Gamarra was eliminated from the tournament in 8th place.

For his run Gamarra will collect $116,860.

Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 3,710,000 1,730,000
Adalfer Morales Gamarra CO
Adalfer Morales Gamarra
CO Busted

Tags: Adalfer Morales GamarraAdrian Mateos

Hands #90-93: Double Up for Mateos

Webjoker • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 90: Adalfer Morales Gamarra opened {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for 160,000 under the gun plus one. He picked up the blinds and antes as everyone folded.

Hand 91: Shawn Buchanan received a walk in the big blind with {9-Hearts}{3-Hearts}.

Hand 92: Lampropulos opened the button with {A-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}, charging the blinds 170,000 total. Both blinds folded, blinds and antes to Lampropulos.

Hand 93: Buchanan raised the button with {K-Clubs}{3-Spades} for 170,000. Adalfer Morales Gamarra found {K-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} in the small blind three-bet to 465,000. Adrian Mateos in the big blind woke up with {A-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} and shoved for 875,000. Buchanan folded right away, Gamarra called just as quick.

The flop of {J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} improved no one, and neither did the {6-Diamonds} on the turn or {8-Spades} on the river. Double up for Mateos.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 3,950,000 -125,000
Maria Lampropulos ar
Maria Lampropulos
ar 3,730,000 45,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 3,630,000 -75,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 1,980,000 1,075,000
Adalfer Morales Gamarra CO
Adalfer Morales Gamarra
CO 1,590,000 -785,000
Christian Rudolph de
Christian Rudolph
de 1,210,000 -35,000
Daniel Coupal us
Daniel Coupal
us 850,000 -40,000
Oleg Titov ru
Oleg Titov
ru 535,000 -40,000

Tags: Adalfer Morales GamarraAdrian MateosMaria LampropulosShawn Buchanan

Hands #88-89: Last Hands of Level 27; 20-Minute Break

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand 88: Maria Lampropulos was UTG+1 holding the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} and raised to 135,000. Shawn Buchanan called to her direct left with the {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts} and then Christian Rudolph looked down at the {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs} in the big blind. He moved all in for 905,000, and both and Buchanan folded.

Hand 89: In the last hand of the level, Buchanan raised to 125,000 with the {a-Hearts}{4-Spades} and Koray Aldemir defended his big blind with the {q-Spades}{9-Diamonds}. Aldemir then checked the {j-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop, Buchanan bet 125,000, and Aldemir folded.

Players are now on a 20-minute break.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 4,075,000 75,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 3,705,000 355,000
Maria Lampropulos ar
Maria Lampropulos
ar 3,685,000 -155,000
Adalfer Morales Gamarra CO
Adalfer Morales Gamarra
CO 2,375,000 35,000
Christian Rudolph de
Christian Rudolph
de 1,245,000 115,000
Adrian Mateos es
Adrian Mateos
Winamax Team Pro
es 905,000 90,000
Daniel Coupal us
Daniel Coupal
us 890,000 80,000
Oleg Titov ru
Oleg Titov
ru 575,000 -60,000

Tags: Christian RudolphKoray AldemirMaria LampropulosShawn Buchanan

Hands #82-87: Buchanan Takes Over the Chip Lead

MrCleverFox • Level 27: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Shawn Buchanan
Shawn Buchanan

Hand #82: From early position, Adrian Mateos looks down at {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts} and he moved all in for 995,000. Action folds around to the small blind where Koray Aldemir took a look at {6-Spades}{6-Hearts} and he decided to fold, avoiding the coin flip. In the big blind Maria Lampropulos folded her {5-Spades}{2-Diamonds} and Mateos scooped the pot.

Hand #83: Daniel Coupal looked down at {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} in early position and he moved all in for 610,000. Everyone folded and Coupal took down the pot.

Hand #84: On the button Maria Lampropulos opened with a raise to 135,000 holding {10-Spades}{6-Hearts}. Adalfer Morales Gamarra called from the big blind holding {8-Spades}{8-Hearts}.

The flop comes down {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Gamarra checked. Lampropulos puts out a continuation bet of 130,000 and Gamarra let go of his hand.

Hand #85: Koray Aldemir opened with {7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} from the hijack seat to 130,000. Adrian Mateos called from the big blind holding {K-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}.

The flop came down {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and Mateos checked. Aldemir bet 110,000 and Mateos promptly folded.

Hand #86: Shawn Buchanan limped in from the cutoff holding {9-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. Adrian Mateos followed suit with {J-Spades}{9-Diamonds} from the small blind. Daniel Coupal moved all in from the big blind holding {A-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} and both players promptly folded.

Hand #87: From early position, Maria Lampropulos opened with a raise to 135,000 with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. Shawn Buchanan was in the hijack seat and he just called with {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}.

The flop came down {K-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Lampropulos was first to act. She checked to Buchanan who fired a bet of 100,000. Lampropulos called.

The turn was the {A-Diamonds} and Lampropulos checked again. Buchanan fired 325,000. Lampropulos called again.

On the {6-Hearts} river, Lampropulos checked for a third time. Buchanan fired off a bet of 850,000. Lampropulos thought for a while, but eventually settled on folding and Buchanan took down the pot and with that, assumed the chip lead as well.

Shawn Buchanan ca
Shawn Buchanan
ca 4,000,000 370,000
Maria Lampropulos ar
Maria Lampropulos
ar 3,840,000 -920,000

Tags: Adalfer Morales GamarraAdrian MateosDaniel CoupalKoray AldemirMaria LampropulosShawn Buchanan