WSOP November Nine Set: Carlos Mortensen Finishes Tenth
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.
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