Mortensen at the $25,000 World Poker Tour No Limit Hold'em Championship
April 13, 1972 |
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|European Poker Tour|
Juan Carlos Mortensen (born April 13, 1972 in Ambato, Ecuador) is a Spanish professional poker player of Danish descent and the only Hispanic Main Event winner of the World Series of Poker. Mortensen is known for his loose play, bluffing tactics, and interesting chip-stacking style.
World Series of Poker
Mortensen moved from Spain to the United States in the late 1990s to play poker. He won $1,500,000 at the 2001 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event. He defeated a field of 613 players, including a very tough final table that included professional players Mike Matusow (6th), 1989 WSOP main event champion Phil Hellmuth (5th), Phil Gordon (4th), and Dewey Tomko (2nd). In the final hand, Mortensens' suited King-Queen out-drew and defeated Tomko's pocket aces, when Mortensens' hand improved to make a straight.
He won his second bracelet at the 2003 World Series of Poker in the $5,000 Limit Hold'em event, earning $251,680. He defeated professional player Mark Gregorich heads-up to win the title.
At the 2006 World Series of Poker Carlos made 3 final tables. He finished 9th in event #2 (NL Hold 'em) winning $71,617. He would once again finish 9th in event #6 (NL Hold 'em) earning him another $73,344. He came up just short of winning his 3rd bracelet in event #33 (Razz) where he finished runner-up to James Richburg earning him $94,908.
He is considered to be the last big-name poker professional to win the Main Event at the World Series of Poker. As a result of the poker boom which ignited itself not long after his win, the fields in that tournament have increased exponentially making it extraordinarily more difficult for individual players to maintain consistent success in it. A few other big-name players have made the final table in the post-boom years since his win, but none of them have managed as of 2012 to win the title. He finished 10th in the 2013 WSOP Main Event, being the "Final Table Bubble Boy."
World Series of Poker bracelets
|2001||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship||$1,500,000|
|2003||$5,000 Limit Hold'em||$251,680|
World Poker Tour
He also won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship in 2004 for $1,000,000. Mortensen won the Season Five World Poker Tour championship event, and its $3,970,415 first prize and his second WPT title, making him the first player to ever win the World Championship events at both the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour.
Other Poker Tournaments
Mortensen also had a good run at the 2007 European Poker Tour Main Event in Monte Carlo finishing 11th, going out to Joshua Prager after making a straight on the turn, but defeated by a flush on the river.
In 2006, he and his wife, fellow poker player Cecilia Reyes Mortensen, were divorced.
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- World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com