Carlos Mortensen

Carlos Mortensen

Carlos Mortensen



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Carlos Mortensen
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Carlos Mortensen is an Ecuadorian poker player who won the 2001 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.

Known as 'El Matador', Mortensen has also won three World Poker Tour (WPT) titles and has cashed for over $6.7 million on the WPT alone, more than any other player.

In 2016, Mortensen was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.


Born in Ambato, Ecuador on April 13, 1972, Mortensen moved to Spain as a child. He studied at the University of Madrid and worked as a bartender, before eventually moving to the United States in the late 1990s to play poker.

His first cash at the WSOP was a seventh-place finish in a $3,080 No-Limit Hold'em tournament at the 2000 World Series of Poker.

Read More: My First WSOP: Carlos Mortensen Goes Big Score Hunting

2001 WSOP Main Event

The 2001 WSOP Main Event attracted a field of 613 players. At the time, this was the largest live poker tournament ever played. It was also the first tournament to pay out seven-figures to the first two places.

Mortensen began the final table second in chips behind Germany's Henry Nowakowski and ahead of 1989 champion Phil Hellmuth and Mike "The Mouth" Matusow.

Hellmuth and Matusow fell in fifth and sixth-place respectively, with Mortensen eventually defeating Dewey Tomko heads-up. His KQ made a straight, defeating the AA of Tomko, the second occasion that pocket Aces have been the losing hand in the Main Event after Bobby Hoff's loss to Hal Fowler in 1979.

Carlos Mortensen WSOP Achievements

Mortensen added a second bracelet in 2003, winning a $5,000 Limit Hold'em tournament for $251,680. He has cashed for over $3.2 million at the WSOP.

In 2013, he narrowly missed out on making a second WSOP Main Event final table, finishing in tenth place.

Carlos Mortensen WPT Achievements

Away from the WSOP, Mortensen won his first WPT title at the WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship in October, 2004 for $1,000,000.

In April 2007, he won the $25,500 WPT World Championship for $3,970,415, becoming the first player to win the WSOP Main Event and the WPT World Championship.

Read More: Carlos Mortensen Wins the 2007 WPT Championship

In March 2010, he won his third WPT title at the inaugural Hollywood Poker Open. As of April 2021, only four other players have won three or more WPT titles: Darren Elias (4), Anthony Zinno, Eric Afriat, Gus Hansen and Chino Rheem)

Carlos Mortensen Top Five Poker Cashes

April 2007Five Star World Poker Classic$25,5001st$3,970,415
May 2001WSOP Main Event$10,0001st$1,500,000
October 2004WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship$10,2001st$1,000,000
February 2011LA Poker Classic$10,0003rd$640,680
July 2013WSOP Main Event10th$573,204

Carlos Mortensen WSOP Bracelets

YearEventPayout (USD)
2001Event #27: $10,000 NLHE WSOP Main Event$1,500,000
2003Event #34: $5,000 Limit Hold'em$251,680

Carlos Mortensen WPT Titles

SeasonEventBuy-inPayout (USD)
2004-05WPT Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship$10,000$1,000,000
2006-07WPT World Championship$25,500$3,970,415
2009-10WPT Hollywood Poker Open$10,300$393,820

WSOP Main Event Winners 1992-2001

2001613Carlos MortensenSpain$1,500,000
2000512Chris FergusonUnited States$1,500,000
1999393Noel FurlongIreland$1,000,000
1998350Scotty NguyenVietnam$1,000,000
1997312Stu UngarUnited States$1,000,000
1996295Huck SeedUnited States$1,000,000
1995273Dan HarringtonUnited States$1,000,000
1994268Russ HamiltonUnited States$1,000,000
1993220Jim BechtelUnited States$1,000,000
1992201Hamid DastmalchiIran$1,000,000

Known for his elaborate chip towers and aggressive play, Juan Carlos Mortensen (Carlos Mortensen for short) was born in Ecuador before making the move to the United States in the 1990s to play poker. It didnt take long for Mortensen to make a name for himself. Not only did other top players begin to know who Carlos Mortensen was; they respected and feared him on the tables.

After taking his shots in tournaments while grinding away at the cash tables, Mortensen finally broke through in 2000 when he cashed in a WSOP event for over $20,000. A few smaller cashes followed and then in February of 2001, Carlos outlasted the entire field in an event at the L.A. Poker Classic to win over $116,000. Shortly thereafter, he took down the Shooting Star Tournament for another $44,550 and an entry into the WSOP Main Event.

Playing his best poker ever and feeling more and more confident with each hand that he was dealt, Carlos put the seat he had won to good use. In fact, he profited the maximum amount when he bested a field of 613 entrants to win the 2001 WSOP Main Event. His win earned him a big $1.5 million payday and title of the worlds best.

Carlos was able to secure himself another bracelet in 2003 in the $5,000 Limit Holdem event. As the first and only ever Hispanic player to win the Main Event, Mortensen completed another first in the poker world when he won the WPT Championship in 2004. This win made him the first player to win both the WSOP Main Event and the WPT Championship.

With over $8.5 million in tournament winnings, most consider Mortensen to be the last true professional to win the WSOP Main Event. The following years after his win have all seen amateur players take home the most coveted gold bracelet of them all.

PokerNews Covered Events

2017 World Series of PokerEvent #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship984th$15,000
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #64: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix126th$2,374
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT32nd$4,837
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #5: THE COLOSSUS III - $565 No-Limit Hold'em2375th$832
2017 partypoker LIVE Million North AmericaMain Event38th30,000 CAD
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop421st$1,780
2013 World Series of PokerEvent #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event10th$573,204
2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure$10,000 Main Event36th$39,000
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout20th$5,295
2012 PokerStars Caribbean AdventureMain Event94th$22,500
2011 World Series of Poker EuropeEvent #6: 1,620 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha26th€3,339
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #27: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship15th$24,060
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #12: $1,500 Triple Chance No-Limit Holdem40th$7,453
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #4: $5,000 No-Limit Holdem17th$33,540
2011 Aussie MillionsEvent #13: Australia Heads-Up Championship1st130,000 AUD
2010 EPT BarcelonaMain Event90th€9,000
2010 World Series of PokerEvent #52: $25,000 No-Limit Holdem / Six Handed17th$58,699
2010 World Series of PokerEvent #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship6th$102,237
2010 World Series of PokerEvent #30: $1,500 No-Limit Holdem23rd$16,644
2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure2010 PCA Main Event106th$23,500
2009 World Series of PokerEvent 54 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em129th$3,615
2009 World Series of PokerEvent 25 - $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-better3rd$89,342
2009 World Series of PokerEvent 9 - $1,500 Six-handed No Limit Hold'em92nd$3,305
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 25 - $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em World Championship64th$14,438
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 55 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Holdem217th$51,398
WPT $25,000 Championship - BellagioWPT Championship Main Event1st$3,970,415
2007 EPT Monte Carlo Grand FinalEPT Main Event11th€66,360