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Former World Series Of Poker Main Event Champ Carlos Mortensen Still Alive After Day 5 This Year

Steven Gee, Finalist From Last Year, Also Still In Tournament


Carlos Mortensen, winner of the main event in 2001, was still alive after the fifth day of play here in the 2013 World Series of Poker no-limit hold’em championship.

Just 68 players remained out of a starting field of 6,352 entrants.

The 41-year-old Spaniard ended the day with 2,665,000, which was slightly below average.

Mortensen could be the first former champion to make a final table since Dan Harrington, winner of the main event in 1995, did so in 2004.

Mortensen is considered by many to be the most successful player of all-time if you factor in the number of events played. He has more than $10.8 million lifetime in winnings. He also wins nearly 20 percent of the time when he cashes and lays claim to 22 titles on the circuit.

Day 5 also marked the end of the line for defending champion Greg Merson. Merson hit the rail in 167th place. He was short when he lost with A-2 versus A-K.

The Maryland native failed to outmatch the performance of Peter Eastgate, who finished 78th the year he was playing in defense of his title.

Other big names who busted on Day 5 include:

89. Annette Obrestad — $71,053; 90. David Paredes — $71,053; 99. Marvin Rettenmaier — $59,708; 118. Ashton Griffin — $50,752; 131. Max Steinberg — $50,752; 176. Kyle Julius — $42,990; 226. Greg Mueller — $37,019; and 228. Amit Makhija — $37,019.

Steinberg was once the chip leader, but he became short after a hero call gone wrong.

In addition to Mortensen, a lot of super tough poker pros managed to survive the day and resume the fight on Sunday starting a noon local time. Here’s a look at the notable stacks:

Yevgeniy Timoshenko — 4,065,000; Jackie Glazier — 4,045,000; David Benefield — 3,675,000; Noah Schwartz — 3,595,000; Michiel Brummelhuis — 3,485,000; J.C. Tran — 3,280,000; Amir Lehavot — 2,655,000; Mark Newhouse — 2,035,000; Jim Collopy — 1,970,000; Bryan Pellegrino — 1,795,000; Sergio Castelluccio — 1,655,000; Tyler Cornell — 1,465,000; Vladimir Geshkenbein — 1,400,000; Steve Gee — 1,360,000; Andrea Dato — 1,130,000; Vitaly Lunkin — 1,000,000; Rep Porter — 950,000; Benjamin Pollak — 740,000; Byron Kaverman — 700,000; Brett Richey — 690,000; and Simon Ravnsbaek — 600,000.

Glazier could be the first woman to make the final table since 1995.

Everyone is chasing Sami Rustom, who ended the day with 7,005,000. Rustom hails from California and had just $42,000 in career earnings prior to this main event.

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