El Matador Proves Himself The Master Of The WPT Form
March 25, 2022
Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen, after outlasting the last five players still standing in his way at the World Poker Tour Hollywood Poker Open main event yesterday, not only scored over a quarter-million in cash but also officially became the winningest player in WPT history, tying Gus Hansen for most titles earned, while surpassing Daniel Negreanu for most money won.

The exact amount Mortensen won for outlasting the smallish 144 player total field that showed up for this $10,000 buy-in Indiana event, was exactly $393,820; almost $180,000 more than he needed to surpass Negreanu’s still impressive $5,574,530 in total winnings, and the near perfect amount for him to be able to claim roughly an expected ROI (Return On Investment) of $100,000, whenever he signs up for a WPT tournament (he’s played 57 events and has now won $5,754,308 in total).

Mortensen entered yesterday’s final table as the chip leader, but his winning was far from a foregone conclusion, and hardly wire-to-wire.  Along with facing numerous difficult internet players, “El Matador,” also had to evade such tough live pros as Frank Calo and Chris Bell, the latter of whom had already made two WPT final tables preceding this one, and was more than a little eager to finally breakthrough and score his first win.  Unfortunately for Bell- as did many of the players- he entered the final table with a short stack that made earning that win problematic at best, and despite a valiant effort, eventually had to settle for a fourth place cash worth $124,966.

Mortensen’s biggest challenge yesterday seemed to come when the event was three handed, where at one point he even found himself the short stack of the three remaining players with less than a million worth of chips in his stack; yet despite this unforeseen turn in fortunes, Carlos persisted, leaving those watching perhaps anxious to quote Raul Julia in Tequila Sunrise, “I haven't seen any matador stand his ground like that since Abruza!”

In that film, Julia’s character Carlos goes on to call Abruza “the finest matador in Mexico” and in terms of poker many already believed Mortensen to be the finest from Spain, but with this win, after fighting back and finally knocking out his last rival Mike Mustafa to earn the victory, perhaps now- at least in regards to the WPT- we must consider Carlos the finest in the world.

The final table finish positions for the 2010 World Poker Tour Hollywood Poker Open were as follows:

1st.  Carlos Mortensen- $393,820

2nd.  Mike Mustafa- $223,623

3rd.  Frank Calo- $167,717

4th.  Chris Bell- $124,966

5th.  Ravi Raghavan- $105,234

6th.  Jerry Payne- $88,791

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