In a stunning final hand of the 2013 summer series, former world poker champion Carlos Mortensen was eliminated just one position short of making the famed “November Nine.”
The 2001 World Series of Poker Main Even winner appeared to have a decent shot at getting to the so-called big dance and possibly becoming the first repeat champion since the late Stu Ungar. He moved steadily up the leaderboard on this, the final day of the championship, which is the final playing session prior to the mandatory 3.5 month break. However, the Spaniard busted out on the final dramatic hand that will be played here on this stage. The world championship finale takes place in November here in Las Vegas, thus the nickname — “November Nine.”
Here’s Mortensen exiting the main stage with obvious disappointment, yet typical grace. He’s being interviewed by ESPN’s Kara Scott (photo above).
There’s now a move to include Mortensen as a serious contender in this year’s Poker Hall of Fame nominees. While I do think there are others who are equally credible, and perhaps just as overlooked, I do believe Mortensen measures up as someone who should receive that honor sometime in the future.
Congratulations to Carlos Mortensen and the 2013 November Nine.
Read more HERE.
What comes after the World Series of Poker ends?
Pick your punch line….
(A) A long vacation
(B) A bottle of vodka
(C) A trip to the unemployment office
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At the Rio, even with the final stages of the 2013 Main Event Championship still going on, it’s already the start of a new day. Nearly 400 poker tables, dozens of television cameras, miles of cables and electrical wires, thousands of lights, and tens of thousands of bad beat stories are but a distant memory of the 52-day poker festival that was the busiest overall tournament series in history.
So, what happens next?
Remarkably, much of the former main tournament room called the Pavilion has already been converted over to the next big thing about to happen — a national billiards championship. That’s right, poker tables have been wheeled out, and pool tables have been put in place. Oddly enough, the room looks strikingly similar to the way it looked during the WSOP. The same floor once covered by tables and low-hanging lights is now covered again by — stop the presses – tables and low-hanging lights. The only thing missing are the chairs.
The 2014 WSOP — which is coming next summer — will be here before you know it. In fact, our game is about to enter an exciting new era. The spread of legal online poker in the United States and poker’s continued growth internationally are two major reasons for optimism. I expect that next year’s WSOP will reflect many of these changes we are about to see both inside and outside the U.S. Somehow, the WSOP always seems to mirror where poker is at the moment.
As for me, very soon I’ll be long gone from this place where I have pretty much lived non-stop since May 26th. I’m looking forward to some rest, followed by many new challenges, which includes my direct involvement in a major television production which is currently in development. I also look forward to getting back to writing about lots of issues in the news lately, which merit reflection. Be on the lookout for a bursting dam of commentary on politics, religion, and all the things that make me either joyful or furious.
And so looking out now over the vast see of pool tables here at the Rio, my parting words are — go ahead, give me a break.
July 15, 2013
Poker players will be boycotting your poker room at the Venetian Resort Casino Hotel in Las Vegas during the dates of July 22-26. The start of the boycott is just one week away.
The passion behind this boycott was ignited in response to your repeated writings and public statements in opposition to the legalization of online poker in the United States. Your position on this matter is something I would describe as clear and unmistakeable.
I wholeheartedly support your right as a free citizen to speak out on matters you think are important, just as I and millions of other poker players also enjoy those same rights. However, during the course of your very public campaign in opposition to legalized online poker you made one statement which is demonstrably false, demanding an immediate retraction.
On June 20th, you appeared on Bloomberg TV and stated as follows:
“That skill base is, in my opinion, just a bunch of baloney. To get a card is not skill base. I know people say it is skill based, but it’s just so they can categorize it in a certain segment.”
SEE BLOOMBERG TV INTERVIEW HERE
READ COMMENTS HERE
Mr. Adelson, your statement is preposterous. To suggest poker is not a game of skill is — in your words — baloney. Your comments are not only incontrovertibly false, they are insulting to millions of poker players who enjoy the game, devote themselves to the spirit of competition, and work hard to improve themselves.
Accordingly, I am now prepared to offer you a solution to this standoff. Here are the conditions by which my call for a boycott of the Venetian Poker Room boycott will be called off:
1. You will make or issue a public statement which comes from you and includes the following affirmation: “Poker is a game of skill.“
That’s it. Nothing else.
There are no other conditions. All you must do is state publicly is that poker is a skill game. Once you do this, I will immediately call off the boycott of the Venetian Poker Room between July 22-26.
Instead, should ignore us and take no action, we poker players will continue to make certain you know we are here, that we are not going away, and that we will not forget your blatant mis-characterization of poker and the millions those who play it.
Mr. Adelson, the next move is yours.
Las Vegas, Nevada
SEE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Venetian Poker Room boycott.
Sometime around 9 pm last night, the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event played down to its final 100 players.
Let’s put this into perspective.
This year’s world championship began ten days ago with 6,352 entrants. Hence, those who made it this far represent about 1/63rd of the starting field. Practically speaking, this means that for every seven poker tables full of players when the tournament started, just one player out of that entire group is still alive.
But making the “Top 100″ is even more special than that.
Let’s say you’re an average poker player relative to all those who enter the WSOP Main Event. In other words, you have about an equal chance of anyone in the middle of the pack – skill wise. Expressed in years, how often would you expect to make the Top 100?
History is important.
It not only tells us where we’ve been. History also tells us who we are.
I couldn’t have imagined that I’d never heard the remarkable story of Kathrine Switzer. She was the first woman to ever compete in the famed Boston Marathon. Switzer completed her historic feat in 1967.
As you will see, this wasn’t just a leap forward in sports history. It was a giant move ahead in our nation’s timeline of social justice. That indelible moment helped to reshape our society in a way that ultimately gave greater opportunity to all people, of both genders.
This short video clip (3 minutes, 20 seconds) is a remarkable testament to a brave woman and an extraordinary moment in time. It reminds us that change often comes from the power of “one” — one person performing one brave act that sets progress into motion and changes everything.