Friday Flashback - Carlos Mortensen Wins 2001 WSOP Main Event
In this week's edition of Flashback Friday, we travel back in time to the 2001 World Series of Poker Main Event final table.
The 2001 Main Event was ultimately taken down by Carlos Mortensen and marked the last time that a "big name" pro took down the Main Event.
Before you start debating me, by big name I mean pros that would be recognized by the average poker fans without having appeared in the Main Event.
The final table of the 2001 Main Event featured a stacked final table for its day. Daniel Negreanu just missed out on the final, finishing in 11th.
Mike Matusow made the final table, ultimately finishing 6th for $239,765.
Phil Hellmuth missed out on his second Main Event title, finishing fifth for $303,705.
Now FORMER poker pro Phil Gordon was the fourth place finisher for $399,610.
Ultimately it was Mortensen facing off against Hall of Famer Dewey Tomko for the title.
Below is the final hand of the Main Event. Tomko was all-in with pocket aces and Mortensen held Kc-Qc.
Thing became dicey for Tomko when the flop fell 3c-10c-Jd. An ace or nine would give Mortensen the title.
The turn fell the 3d and Mortensen's outs were cut to just four.
A river 9d would complete Mortensen's straight and give him the first of two career bracelets.
Mortensen's second bracelet came in 2003 when he took down the $5,000 Limit Hold'em Event.
In addition to his two bracelets, he has three World Poker Tour titles.
Most agree that Mortensen will be a Hall of Famer one day and it was the hand below that began his march to immortality.