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Mortensen wins WPT Hollywood Poker Open

29 Mar 2010

DUBLIN, Ireland -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Full Tilt Poker pro Carlos Mortensen made poker history on Wednesday by capturing his third World Poker Tour title for a $393,820 payday. This victory places Mortensen at the top of the WPT All Time Money List and ties him with Team Full Tilt's Gus Hansen for most all-time WPT wins.

One of the new stops on the WPT Season VIII schedule, the Hollywood Poker Open, attracted a field of 144 players to the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The tournament played out for five days as a mix of poker professionals and amateurs battled it out for the $1.3 million prize pool.

Mortensen sailed through the opening days of the tournament and entered the final table as chip leader. Although in a prime position to take down the tournament, he faced a tough line up which included veteran pro Chris Bell, who has made three WPT final tables. By the time the table was reduced to just three contenders, each player was on an equal footing with around 60 big blinds apiece.

Mortensen dropped to the short stack, before battling his way up to take the lead again as he entered heads-up play with Mike Mustafa. In the final hand, Mortensen hit a king-high flush, capturing his third WPT win for over $390K. This pushed his WPT all-time earnings to $5,754,308, making him the highest earning WPT player to date as well as securing his spot next to Hansen for most all-time WPT wins.

This is not the first time that Mortensen has made poker history; in 2007, he became the first ever player to win both a WSOP Main Event and a World Poker Tour Championship. He took down the WSOP Main Event for $1,500,000 in 2001, and in 2007, took home over $3.9 million for his WPT World Championship win. In addition, Mortensen is one of only three players to win a prize of $1 million or more in three separate tournaments.

 
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