PCA 2013: The man who wasn't there (aka Carlos Mortensen)
Carlos Mortensen is an elusive figure on the tournament floor. Despite being one of the most successful tournament players around - he's 16th on the all-time money list and the 4th highest placed European - Mortensen can often camouflage into the background of a field. Sometimes he seems to be in disguise with dark glasses and cap, possibly even a beard, other times he appears to hide in plain sight. Ask any tournament reporter, Mortensen has an uncanny knack of staying out of the limelight.
If you don't know much about Mortensen here's the skinny: he's got $10,811,438 in live tournament winnings and won the WSOP Main Event in 2001 beating a final table which included Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow. Daniel Negreanu came 11th that year. He's also won three WPT titles.
Will anyone ever catch Mortensen on the Spanish all-time money list? It's unlikely bar someone winning the WSOP Main Event (which he's already, of course). Second place is Raul Paez Corral is currently his closest rival with $1,666,245. That's a really big gap, but not one that will be widening here at the PCA.
Mortensen started Day 2 of the $25,000 High Roller with 111,300 but in the second level of the day got his money in with A♣K♦ against the red jacks of Ty Reiman. He did not catch and like that, poof. He's gone.
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Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.