WPT Hollywood Poker Open Won By Carlos Mortensen

Carlos Mortensen has won the WPT Hollywood Poker Open after defeating a field of 143 players over five days to capture the WPT title and the $393,820 first place prize.
Carlos Mortensen’s incredible victory at the $10,000 no-limit hold’em tournament in Lawrenceburg, Indiana means “El Matador” has now won three WPT events and ties with Gus Hansen for the most WPT events won by a player. Mortensen also increases his life time tournament earnings to $9.6 million, and his $5,754,308 won on the WPT circuit means he is now the all-time World Poker Tour money winner.
As the final table got underway, the six remaining players took their seats with Mortensen the chip leader. Three of the players were sitting on short stacks and their double-up attempts proved unsuccessful as they were eliminated in the first 37 hands dealt.
First to go was Jerry Payne in sixth place ($88,791), whose Q-10 ran into the A-K of Mike Mustafa. Next, Ravi Raghavan was eliminated in fifth ($105,234) after moving all-in pre-flop with pocket 5’s, only to be called by Frank Calo holding KK. Finally, Chris Bell’s attempt to double up ran aground as his A-9 pre-flop shove was called by Mortensen with pocket 4’s, who then managed to spike a set on the flop. Bell’s fourth place finish and deep run in the tournament earned him an impressive $124,966.
As the three remaining players resumed their battle, the chips were fairly evenly spread out between them. The fast paced action didn’t let up though, and 30 hands later Frank Calo’s tournament life was on the line after hitting two pair on a 5-4-2 flop holding 5-4, to Mortensen’s pocket 3’s. After all the money went to the centre of the table Calo thought he was about to double up but a 3 on the river made a set for Mortensen, and so Calo was out in third for $167,717.
Heads-up, Mike Mustafa soon lost most of his stack when he flopped top two pair at the same time Mortensen made a straight and a few hands later it was all over with Mustafa having to be content with the runner-up prize of $223,623.
In the meantime, after 138 hands of play at the final table Carlos Mortensen demonstrated his prodigious poker skills once more by winning the WPT Hollywood Poker Open and walking away with the $393,820 top prize. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner also received a  $25,500 seat to the WPT World Championship next month at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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