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3 Europeans who could get in 2016 Poker Hall of Fame Class

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

carlos-mortensen-pokerFollowing the 2015 Poker Hall of Fame selections of John Juanda and Jennifer Harman, most of the conversation afterward has centered on how non-Americans have very little chance to make the PHOF. Specifically, the only non-American in the Hall is Edmund Hoyle, who died in 1769 and was selected in 1980. With all the talk about how the HOF voting needs to be less biased, it seems like a European player/contributor could make it in next year. That said, let’s discuss three Europeans who could potentially land in the 2016 Poker Hall of Fame class.

1. Carlos Mortensen

Purely from a tournament perspective, Carlos Mortensen is a shoo-in for the Poker Hall of Fame. He has $11.91 million in live tournament winnings along with two WSOP gold bracelets and three WPT titles. Furthermore, “El Matador” won the 2001 WSOP Main Event and the 2007 WPT Championship. About the only thing that Mortensen can’t claim on his resume is a successful high stakes career. However, there are other players who don’t quite satisfy this requirement either.

2. Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott

dave-devilfish-ulliotThere was an emotional aspect involved in Ulliott’s 2015 bid for the PHOF, given that he passed away this year. So when Ulliott didn’t make it in, there were some cries from fellow European players who questioned the all-American voting panel for the HOF. Will Devilfish make it in next year as a result of the outcry? Ulliott’s resume is borderline, with $6 million in tournament winnings and a gold bracelet. However, his entertaining personality adds something to his bid for the PHOF.

3. Bruno Fitoussi

Based purely on his playing career, Bruno Fitoussi falls short of the Hall. He has $2.79 million in tourney earnings, but has never had a major victory. However, what pushes Fitoussi’s resume over the top is that he’s perhaps the most-instrumental person in the history of French poker. Fitoussi brought poker to Aviation Club de France and also influenced many French citizens to take up the game.

Can 2014 November Niner Andoni Larrabe follow in Mortensen’s Footsteps?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

13 years ago, Carlos Mortensen battled through a field of 613 players to win the 2001 WSOP Main Event and $1.5 million. Mortensen has remained the only Spaniard to win the world’s most prestigious poker tournament, but that could possibly change come this November.

That’s because Basque native Andoni Larrabe is in the 2014 November Nine this year, and he’s actually got a decent shot to win. For starters, Larrabe isn’t doing too badly in the chip count as he’s currently fourth with 22.5 million. This may place him quite a ways behind the current leader, Jorryt van Hoof (38.3 million), but it by no means puts him out of contention.

Another thing that Larrabe has going for him is that he knows what it feels like to be a winner. The 22-year-old navigated through a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5k side event and on towards the $218,710 prize. Along the way, he topped a 195-player field and defeated famed pro Justin Bonomo heads-up. Larrabe also lays claim to an 11th place finish in the 2012 EPT Grand Final ($92,418).

Of course, there are some things working against this young player too. For starters, Larrabe has admitted in interviews that he’s been pretty nervous during his deep run in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. And now that he’s officially on the final table, the pressure won’t get any lighter. Plus Larrabe said that he made some definite mistakes en route to his November Nine run. But then again, at least the Spaniard is aware of the mistakes that he’s making. Moreover, we can expect him to be working to fix these leaks over the next 3+ months.

Larrabe will definitely be a fun one to watch when the 9-player final table reconvenes on Novemeber 10th. The first-place prize is worth $10 million while there are several other multi-million dollar payouts available too.

Carlos Mortensen bubbles 2013 ME Final Table, Returns to Relevancy

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Throughout the 2000’s, Carlos Mortensen molded himself into one of poker’s biggest stars. From 2001-10, he won the 2001 WSOP Main Event, three WPT titles, and two WSOP gold bracelets. But as with most industries, you’re only as good as your last year in poker. And for Mortensen, last year was pretty bad.

The Spaniard managed just three small cashes for a total of $29,235. Now for an amateur who’s trying to carve out a poker career for them self, this isn’t too bad of a total. But for a guy who’s earned $11,469,512 over time, $29k for an entire year just isn’t going to cut it.

Up until this week, Mortensen wasn’t faring much better than last year. He’d earned $84,870, which is practically pocket change for somebody who’s made $1 million-plus in four different years. But “The Matador” changed everything after making a deep run in the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Mortensen was one of the bigger chip stacks throughout the latter stages of the Main Event and even looked like he was a strong bet to make the final table. However, with 10 players remaining and blinds rising, his stack took a beating after he folded to several big raises from opponents.

Eventually, Mortensen became the short stack and needed a big hand badly. On a board of Tc-6c-3s-9c, J.C. Tran shoved and prompted Mortensen to call with his remaining 3.5 million chips. The latter flipped over Ac-9h for a pair and flush draw while Tran showed 8c-7s for a straight. Mortensen needed any club but a 7c to win with a flush. However, the river was a 2d, which sent The Matador out in 10th with a $573,204 payout.

It’s somewhat disappointing that a dynamic pro like Mortensen fell just short of the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table. However, it’s definitely nice to see him shake off a down past 18 months to grab a huge cash and jump back into the spotlight.