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Mortensen Books Historic Hollywood Win
Carlos Mortensen added yet another title to his resume Wednesday, winning the World Poker Tour’s Hollywood Poker Open in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and cementing his status as one of the game’s best.
Not only did Mortensen's third WPT title in four final table appearances bring him $393,820 in prize money, it also put him in a tie with Gus Hansen for the most WPT titles and helped him surpass Daniel Negreanu as the WPT's all-time money winner with more than $5.75 million in career earnings on the tour.
With more than $9.6 million in career earnings overall, Mortensen also has two World Series of Poker bracelets and remains the only player in poker history to have won both the WSOP Main Event (2001) and the WPT World Championship (2007).
The 37-year-old Spanish Full Tilt pro headed into Lawrenceburg on a bit of a hot streak, having won a prelim at the L.A. Poker Classic and narrowly missed his fourth WPT final table appearance with a ninth-place finish in the main event there.
And by the time the field of 144 was whittled down to a final table of six in Lawrenceburg, Mortensen found himself with a healthy chip lead.
Short stack Jerry Payne was the first to exit the final table stage Wednesday, running Q♦ T♣ into Mike Mustafa's A♣ K♠ and failing to improve.
He was soon followed by Ravi Raghavan, whose fives lost to Frank Calo's kings.
Chris Bell then said goodbye fourth, losing a flip with A♠ 9♦ against Mortensen's pocket fours.
Calo got it in ahead with top two on a 5♣ 4♣ 2♦ board against Mortensen's pocket threes, but a three on the river sent him to the rail and Mortensen into heads up with Mustafa holding a slight lead.
Although he fell behind, Mortensen took a commanding lead when he flopped the nut straight against Mustafa's top two and all the money went in.
Mustafa managed to double twice afterwards, but bowed out second when he lost a flip with sixes against Mortensen's K♣ T♦ in the final hand.