Published on July 16th, 2013 | by Mark Smith
Former Champ Carlos Mortensen Still Alive After Day 5 of W.S.O.P No-Limit Hold’Em Championship
The fifth day of play in the 2013 World Series of Poker no-limit hold’em championship saw the winner of the main event in 2001, Carlos Mortensen, still alive.
The 41 year old Mortensen who is a Spanish professional poker player of Danish descent and the only Hispanic Main Event winner of the World Series of Poker, ended Day 5 with 2,665,000, which was a little below average.
Mortensen was one of 68 players that remained standing out of a starting field of 6,352 entrants.
The Spanish player could possibly be the first former champion to make a final table since 2004 when Dan Harrington, who won the main event in 1995, also made the final table.
Mortensen is currently thought to be one of the most successful players of all time after accumulating over $10.8 million lifetime in winnings. Winning almost 20 percent of the time has allowed Mortensen to cash and lay claim to 22 titles on the circuit.
Maryland native, Greg Merson, the defending champion, busted on Day 5 and hit the rail in 167th place. Merson failed to outmatch the performance of Peter Eastgate, who finished 78th the year he was playing in defense of his title.
Included in the big names who busted on Day 5 are –
89. Annette Obrestad — $71,053; 90. David Paredes — $71,053; 99. Marvin Rettenmaier — $59,708; 118. Ashton Griffin — $50,752; 131. Max Steinberg — $50,752; 176. Kyle Julius — $42,990; 226. Greg Mueller — $37,019; and 228. Amit Makhija — $37,019.