Editor’s Letter: This November: Carlos Mortensen

Getting Carlos into the HOF is well worth doing

You’ll rarely see a respected member of the poker media openly cheering for a particular player. Personally, I cheer for great stories. Give us all something amazing to write about and talk about. As the WSOP Main Event was winding down there was one storyline that almost all of us wanted to see come to fruition.

Lance BradleyCarlos Mortensen, who won the Main Event in 2001, was in position to get back to the final table for the first time since he won it. It would be an amazing accomplishment in itself for him to just beat the 6,000+ other players and make the November Nine. It was a particularly compelling story since Mortensen is eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame for the first time this year and the induction ceremony actually takes place during November Nine festivities.

And then Mortensen went and bubbled the final table. Poker media let out a collective sigh of disappointment. Mortensen would have been an amazing story heading into the final table. If not THE story.

If anybody is HOF worthy, it’s Mortensen. He’s got a Main Event title to his credit, three World Poker Tour titles, he was the first player to win the Main Event and the WPT Championship, and he’s got more than $11 million in career tournament earnings.

The WSOP, which oversees the HOF, is currently accepting nominations. The 10 names with the most nominations are then voted on by Hall of Famers and select members of the media; only two get in.

Ideally the poker world would love to have seen Mortensen at the final table, playing for $8.3 million and another world title. While that’s no longer possible, there’s still a chance that we see him on ESPN this November. Instead of showcasing his elite talent, we’ll be celebrating it.

That’s a story worth cheering for.

Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief

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August 2013