WSOP 2013: Passport winner Morgenstern back in the game

Foreign players who bust out of the WSOP need their passport when they go to the cage. Anton Morgenstern has his at the ready today. He began with only 400,000 in chips.

What some people here may not know is that Morgenstern has two passports with him. The German government issued one of them. PokerStars issued the other.


Earlier this year, PokerStars ran a series of events that awarded Main Event Passports. Whoever won could choose to play any the World Series of Poker, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, European Poker Tour, Latin American Poker Tour, or the Asia Pacific Poker Tour main events. Morgenstern chose Vegas.

It turned out to be a good decision. He made the money yesterday. But, but the end of the night, it looked like he might not go much farther. He finished with only 25 big blinds.

While the short-ish stack was a bit worrying, it isn't anymore. In the closing minutes of the first level of Day 5, Morgenstern went to work. After winning a good pot to get him up to 600,000, he got K♣K♦ in against A♦K♥ for a full double to more than 1.2 million. Only 15 minutes later, he busted Estelle Denis to move up to more than 1.6 million.

So, now, Morgenstern can feel comfortable keeping both passports in his pocket. It looks like he won't need to be cashing out any time soon.

Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Photos courtesy Poker Photo Archive.

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