Carlos Mortensen Looking To Win $1.6m At WPT L.A. Poker Classic Final TableMarch 2, 2011 9:24 am
After five days play at the 2011 WPT L.A. Poker Classic, Carlos Mortensen now finds himself in prime position at the final table to take down a record fourth WPT title, as well as claim the $1.654 million first place prize.
When the Main Event got started on Friday, a top class field consisting of 666 competitors shelled out the $10,000 buy-in for a shot at the title.
By the end of Day 3 of the tournament 238 players still remained with Carlos Mortensen one of the top ten chip counts. That number had been further reduced to just 22 players by the end of Day 4 and by the end of Day 5 the final table of six had been set.
Top pros falling short of their WPT ambitions along the way included Hoyt Corkins, Phil Hellmuth, Kathy Liebert in 18th ($50,340), Matt “ADZ124” Marafioti in 17th ($50,340), Jason Senti in 14th ($56,880) and Allen Cunningham in 8th ($130,750).
Now with just six players remaining Spanish poker legend Carlos Mortensen will be hoping to claim the title as his own to cap an already incredible poker career.
Currently at number 13 on the ‘All Time Money List,’ Mortensen boasts $10,060,066 in live tournament winnings, including the 2001 WSOP Main Event, a WSOP Limit Hold’em bracelet in 2003, as well as 3 WPT titles.
A win at today’s final table would not only move Mortensen to 5th on the ‘Money List’ ahead of Phil Hellmuth, but would set a new tournament record of four WPT titles.
The action is scheduled to get underway today at 4 p.m. West Coast time and Carlos Mortensen will be starting out the chip leader on a 5.235 million stack with blinds at 25k/50k with a 5k ante.
However, other players at the final table hoping to foil Mortensen’s plans include Vivek Rajkumar (5.185m), Amir Lehavot (4.115), Gregory Brooks (2.3m), Darryll Fish (2.275m), and Steve Gross (1.32m).
Don’t forget to check back here for the final result of this exciting WPT final table.