WPT World Championships
Season Six – 19 – 25 April 2008
The Bellagio offers the largest rooms and the highest stakes in Las Vegas so it seems apt that the final showdown of the World Poker Tour takes place at this venue each year. It is also one of the most sumptuous establishments on the planet and marble floors, huge skylights and wonderfully manicured gardens are just some of the treats available to the discerning patron. The accommodation and restaurants are pretty expensive so it may be wise to find a room at one of the many casino-resorts which will better suit your individual needs and pocket!
The Bellagio Las Vegas is only 3.8 miles, or 12 minutes away from the McCarran International Airport. On leaving the airport go southeast on Wayne Newton Boulevard toward Wright Brothers Lane. Continue on S Swenson Street until you get to NV-593/ East Tropicana Avenue where you will turn left. At S Las Vegas Boulevard turn right and then left at Bellagio Drive.
Bellagio Hotel and Casino – 30600 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 USA.
Telephone – +1 702 693 7919
Results Season 5
Spaniard Carlos Mortensen took on a field of over 630 hungry poker giants and held on to his very interesting stack to claim the biggest pay cheque in WPT history. His almost $4million in prize money was the largest reward in the history of the tour.
Mortensen got the best of Kirk Morrison in a thriller of a heads- up but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Spaniard – at times he looked as though he just wouldn’t pull through but he was tenacious and mounted several well timed comebacks to grab the WPT crown.
‘The Matador’, as he is called because of his cool demeanour at the table and pretty aggressive play, has also clinched the record for the first player ever to have won both a WTP Championship Title and a WSOP Championship event.
Only Phil ‘Poker Brat’ Hellmuth could have emulated this feat had he made it through to the Final Table and then on to the winner’s podium, but Hellmuth didn’t get through to challenge Mortensen even though he was the chip leader going into days three and four.
Mortensen also became the first player at the Bellagio to break $5 million in career earnings at a single casino and he is currently number one on Spain’s All Time Money List having already pocket $8.4 million in earnings!
The Matador’s Big Tour Wins
- 2001 – WSOP 32nd edition – $1.5 million
- 2004 – Festa Al Lago III – $1 million
- 2007 – World Poker Tour Championship – $3 970 415
- Carlos Mortensen – $3 970 415
- Kirk Morrison – $2 million
- Paul Lee – $1 million
- Guy Laliberte – $696 000
- Tim Phan – $484 000
- Mike Wattel – $309 000