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.

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Carlos Mortensen: the Spanish matador

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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is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.