Name: Carlos Mortensen
Birthday: April 13th, 1972
Location: Madrid, Spain
Online Screen Names: Jacques_xxx (Ultimate Bet), Carlos Mortensen (Full Tilt Poker)
Endorses: Full Tilt Poker
Juan Carlos Mortensen is one of the gems of poker at the moment. He has achieved fame via employing various tactics that have served him well in the past. Born in Ambato, Ecuador, he realised later on in life that he wished to play poker professionally purely by fluke. Now a professional poker player, Carlos Mortensen achieved his dream some years ago and is now living it out to the full.
Mortensen moved from Ecuador to the Spain with his family and took a job bartending there. It was after one of his shifts that he took the time to sit down and play for an hour. He had been an avid chess player, but poker immediately captured his attention. It didn’t matter that he lost $100 in his first game. He still went back for more and turned out to be surprisingly good at it! He hated losing and so made sure that he didn’t from then on.
By the time he moved to the United States, Mortensen had already developed the bluffing and loose play that he is famed for, as well as the unusual chip stacking that entertains fans the world over. He was beating every player that challenged him in the local Madrid tournaments and was looking for a new challenge. He found it, despite the fact that he didn’t speak English. He didn’t need to. His gaming did it for him.
Upon challenging United States veterans, Mortensen made an immediate impact. He won the LA Poker Classic $300 Limit Hold’Em event in February 2001, within months of moving to the USA. That was followed a month later by the 2001 Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tournament’s $1,000 No Limit Hold’Em. This bought him a one way ticket to the World Series of Poker Main Even, which he actually won after one of the most tense final tables ever known. He beat established pros to take home his first million prize. Having now won over $8 million, there have been a few of them.
Mortensen won his second WSOP bracelet in 2003 during the $5,000 Limit Hold’Em, which was followed less than a year later by the $10K Doyle Brunson North American No Limit Hold’Em Poker Championship. He has gone from strength to strength ever since and is still improving, which should be enough to scare the poker world to death!
In 2006, Mortensen had his most successful year yet, making the WSOP final table three times and making the history books. No other player has ever won a World Poker tour Championship and a WSOP Main Event. That, combined with his amazing bankroll has made him one of the most successful players of all time within six years! This is not at all bad for a guy who didn’t know how to play a decade ago!
His biggest win was the 2001 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, in which he won $1,500,000. He also won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship in 2004 for $1,000,000. Mortensen won the Season Five World Poker Tour championship event, and its $3,970,415 first prize and his second WPT title, making him the first player to ever win the World Championship events at both the World Series of Poker, and the World Poker Tour. Carlos is also currently the all-time money leader on the World Poker Tour, with over $5 million in career earnings.
Carlos finished 4th, winning $32,125, on Poker Royale: the WPPA Championship. Mortensen has also made the prize money in the World Heads-Up Poker Championship, and was a semi-finalist in the second season of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament.
At the 2006 World Series of Poker Carlos made 3 final tables. He finished 9th in event #2 (NL Hold ’em) winning $71,617. He would once again finish 9th in event #6 (NL Hold ’em) earning him another $73,344. He came up just short of winning his 3rd bracelet in event #33 (Razz) where he finished runner-up to James Richburg earning him $94,908. In 2006, he and his wife, fellow poker player Cecilia Reyes Mortensen, were divorced.
Mortensen is also considered the last poker professional to win the World Series of Poker Main Event. He also had a good run at the 2007 European Poker Tour Main Event in Monte Carlo finishing 11th, going out to Joshua Prager after making a straight on the turn, but defeated by a flush on the river.
In January 2007 he appeared on the Poker After Dark television program. As of 2007 his total live tournament winnings exceed $8,400,000.