Adrian Mateos wins 2017 Poker Player of the Year Award

A brilliant run through the month of December helped Adrian Mateos secure the 2017 Card Player Poker Player of the Year Award.

Heading into December, Mateos needed a strong run to capture the award as he started the month sitting in fifth place in the award standings. To climb to the top of the standings, he racked up 2,000 player of the year points in December in seven events.

In those seven events, Mateos made six final tables and finished second in a €5,200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Six Max tournament at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague. His biggest cash in December was a $288,982 win for finishing third in the €50,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, also at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague. His seven cashes in December earned him $894,360 total.

Mateos posted four tournament wins in 2017

Mateos’ final player of the year point total added up to 7,220. That gave him a slight edge over Bryn Kenney, who finished second with 7,173 points. To collect that many points, Mateos reached 22 finals tables and won four major events during the year. His total live earnings for the year came out to $5,664,635.

His first tournament win of 2017 came back in April at the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. He was the last man standing in the €50,000 No-Limit Hold’em championship and cashed $989,720, his biggest prize win of the year.

Mateos’ next win came in June at the World Series of Poker. He won his third career WSOP bracelet after outlasting the rest of the 129-player field in the $10,000 Heads-up No-Limit Hold’em Championship. He cashed $336,656 for the win.

His next win didn’t come until October at the Asia Championship of Poker. He won the HKD 80,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shot Clock tournament to cash $302,250.

His fourth and final win of 2017 came at the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party in November. In the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em 8 Max tournament, he outlasted a 215-player field to cash $250,000.

After a phenomenally successful 2017, Mateos’ lifetime live poker earnings have surpassed $12 million and include nine major poker titles and 109 career cashes.