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Carlos Mortensen Wins Australian Heads-Up Championship

For many players winning the Heads-Up Championship at the Aussie Millions would be a crowning achievement in their career, but if your name is Carlos Mortensen it’s just another feather in your already full cap.

Mortensen could be the most overlooked tournament player in poker, despite winning three World Poker Tour titles including the WPT Championship in 2007, the 2001 World Series of Poker Main Event, as well as having booked over $10 million in career tournament winnings.

Winning the Australian Heads-Up Championship added $130k to Mortensen’s career winnings, and along the way he had to deal with Melanie Weisner, Terrence Chan, and Alexander Kostritsyn, before taking on Barry Woods and Dan Smith in the round-robin championship. Mortensen’s performance was absolutely dominating start to finish as he cruised to the title.

In my opinion, Mortensen’s absence in last year’s Tournament of Champions at the World Series of Poker was one of the most egregious oversights in the history of poker; his resume is absolutely astonishing, and should Mortensen win the EPT Grand Final he would be the only player to win the REAL Triple Crown of poker, considering he has won the WSOP Main Event and the WPT Championship, not just a preliminary event at the WSOP or a regular stop on the WPT circuit.

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