There was a time, not so long ago, where Spanish players couldn’t win a thing. They famously had never picked up an EPT Main Event title, and they weren’t all that much more successful elsewhere despite the huge popularity of poker in the country and numerous final-table appearances.
However, just taking a wander through the remaining EPT Prague field today offers a reminder that things have very quickly got much better. Adrian Mateos is obviously still bossing, and there’s another table that features both Javier Gomez Zapatero and Javier Rojas.
Mateos broke the Spanish EPT hoodoo when he triumphed at the Grand Final in May, while Zapatero and Rojas have both won major titles this week in Prague. Zapatero, who is Mateos’s house-mate in west London, won the WPT Prague event across the city last Sunday, from a final table that also featured another housemate, Sergio Aido.
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Meanwhile Rojas destroyed the Eureka Main Event final table only a few days ago. Zapatero won €175,000 for beating 256 players; Rojas took €311,000 for his triumph against 1,893 others.
There’s still a long way to go in this event and many twists and turns to come. But these Spanish have proven themselves ready for the fight.