Greenwood and Mateos cash big at Caribbean Poker Party

Several of poker’s best gathered at the Melia Caribe Tropical casino in Punta Cana last week for the Caribbean Poker Party. The five-tournament mini-event had some big payouts and Adrian Mateos and Samuel Greenwood added some big money to their bankrolls.

Mateos has been racking up the cashes throughout the fall and before the Poker Party even began he had five cashes since September. In Punta Cana he recorded his first cash by finishing fourth in the $25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Max tournament. For the fourth-place finish, he received $110,000. He topped that a few days later.

In the final event of the Poker Party, Mateos outlasted the rest of the 215-player field in the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Finale tournament. His cash for that win was $250,000. When you add his two cashes in Punta Cana to his other recent cashes, he has won just under $2 million in tournaments since September.

Greenwood dominates the Poker Party

While Mateos’ winnings at the Poker Party were impressive, Samuel Greenwood did even better. Greenwood went on an absolute tear in Punta Cana, making three final tables and posting three top-three finishes.

His first cash came in the $10,300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament. He was knocked out in third place in the tournament to pocket $124,100.

The next tournament on Greenwood’s schedule was the $25,500 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller tournament. He came even closer to winning, cashing out in second place to take home $242,750.

After coming up short twice, it turned out to be third time a charm for Greenwood in the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. The tournament had 1,016 entries, which meant a $5-million prize pool and a $1-million payout for the winner.

It came down to Greenwood and Andrey Shatilov heads-up for the tournament title. Three hours later after a back-and-forth battle, Greenwood was the last man standing. On the final hand, he was all-in with pocket kings versus 9-8 suited clubs for Shatilov. The kings held up, giving Greenwood the win and the $1 million.

Greenwood’s three cashes at the Poker Party totaled $1.3 million. According to the Hendon Mob, Greenwood, who also has a WSOP bracelet on his poker resume, has won more than $6.7 million in tournament earnings in his career.