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Carlos Mortensen became the first player ever to win both a WPT Championship and a WSOP Main Event when he prevailed at the Bellagio on Friday. Mortensen didn’t disappoint his fans who have come to rely on, not only his fabulous play, but his ability to construct architectural wonders with his stack. For his prowess, Mortensen received $3.97 million – making him the first player to top the $5 million mark for Bellagio cashes.
Mortensen faced Kirk Morrison in a death defying heads-up session. Morrison, also a WSOP bracelet winner (1998 WSOP Stud), was just coming off his win at Jennifer Harman’s NSPCA Charity Event at Caesars. The heads-up battle lasted just over three hours with the lead changing many times. And while I’m sure Morrison was disappointed, $2 million sure makes for a swell consolation prize.
If you’ve missed the fact that JC Tran has been hitting on all cylinders this year, you haven’t been paying attention. He finished 5th in the World Poker Open WPT Championship event in January, scored a 2nd place finish in the LA Poker Classic WPT Championship event a week later – and capped off March by taking down the WSOP Circuit event in Reno. Can you say hot?
But there’s another JC that people are just starting to notice out there; JC Alvarado (pictured). Juan Carlos “JC” Alvarado has grossed over half a mill in the last couple of months. His run started with a second place finish in the LA Poker Classic’s $2500 NLHE event. He made it down to the last two tables of the LA Poker Classic’s Championship event with a 15th place finish. And he finished just behind JC Tran in Reno to take 2nd place. Alvarado also made the final table of the Bellagio’s $2500 NLHE event this week, scoring a 6th place finish.