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The WSOP on ESPN: Carlos Mortensen Bubbles 2013 November Nine

The WSOP on ESPN: Carlos Mortensen Bubbles 2013 November Nine 0001

ESPN aired the final two episodes of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event on Tuesday night. Play resumed with just 18 players left in the field on Day 7 before playing down to the November Nine. Eleven players started the day with a below-average stack, which stood at 10,585,000 including David Benefield, Rep Porter, and Ryan Riess.

Here’s a look at the top 10 chip counts at the top of the broadcast.

PlacePlayerChip Count
1Sylvain Loosli20,415,000
2Amir Lehavot19,435,000
3Jay Farber18,185,000
4JC Tran17,740,000
5Marc Etienne McLaughlin17,250,000
6Sergio Castelluccio12,465,000
7Carlos Mortensen11,290,000
8Michiel Brummelhuis9,730,00
9Matthew Reed9,555,000

Benefield started the day 10th in chips, but lost a large chunk after losing with the {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs} to Sylvain Loosli’s set of kings, dropping to the second shortest stack. Benefield’s tournament life was then at risk when he shoved his remaining 13 big blinds with pocket threes against Bruno Kawauti’s {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. Ultimately, Benefield survived the race to move back up to a 10th-place spot.

Alexander Livingston found himself experiencing a bit of déjà vu when he ran into the same situation twice. First, he ran the {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} into Riess’ pocket aces to lose half his chips. Then, he got to relive that moment a second time after he saw his {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} all in against Loosli’s pocket aces. Through two unfortunate situations, Livingston was out in 13th place to collect $451,398.

Unlike Livingston, Porter had his fare share of luck on his side. Throughout the days, Porter was fortunate enough to win a few flips to keep his run in the Main Event a lasting experience. ESPN segmented a few of his best runs, and Day 7 was no exception as he used his luck once more. This time, Kawauti shoved his remaining stack with pocket tens, which led Porter’s pocket sevens. But, Porter found a seven and Kawauti was left with a 15th-place finish. Porter’s luck was out and finally came to an end when his {K-Spades}{J-Spades} failed to survive against Riess’ pocket nines. And just like that the luck was over and Porter was out in 12th place.

Carlos Mortensen was the one to watch as he had an opportunity to win yet another WSOP Main Event after winning back in 2001. Unfortunately, this legendary feat would not happen, as he became the final table bubble boy. After losing 40 percent of his chips on a failed three-barrel bluff again Loosli, Mortensen was at risk of a 10th-place elimination with the {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. From under the gun, Mortensen raised to one million. Riess, from the big blind, held pocket kings and shoved all in. If Mortensen were to fold, he would be left with only 17 big blinds. That’s what he opted to do and threw his hand away.

Soon after, Mortensen raised to 800,000 with the {A-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and was called only by Tran with the {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}. The flop showed {3-Spades}{10-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and Tran checked. Mortensen threw another 800,000 bet to see a call from Tran. The turn was a {9-Clubs} to give Tran a straight and Mortensen the nut-flush draw along with a pair of nines. Tran announced all in and Mortensen called. The river was an unhelpful {2-Diamonds} to drop Mortensen from contention and placing him in 10th place of the Main Event. Tran was left as the chip leader going into the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table.

Here’s a look at the chip counts going into the final table:

PlacePlayerChip Count
1JC Tran38,000,000
2Amir Lehavot29,700,000
3Marc Etienne McLaughlin26,525,000
4Jay Farber25,975,000
5Ryan Riess25,875,000
6Sylvain Loosli19,600,000
7Michiel Brummelhuis11,275,000
8Mark Newhouse7,350,000
9David Benefield6,375,000

The final table will pick up on Monday, Nov. 4, and be aired Live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET with a 15-minute delay and hole cards shown after each hand. Be sure to follow the live updates right here on

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