Annette confirmed for NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
The sixth season of the NBC Nation Heads-Up Championship will take place at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas between March 4-7 and Annette Obrestad will be one of the 64 stars taking part.
Expectations of Annette are running high, especially after last year's demolition of the field by a fellow female player, Vanessa Rousso.
The championship is a $20,000 invite-only tournament that pits 64 of poker's best players in a heads-up battle where whoever wins six matches is crowned Champion and awarded $500,000. Each of the players is seeded before the start of the event and placed into brackets named after the suits of playing cards so it will be interesting to see where NBC rank Miss Obrestad.
Expectations of Annette are running high, especially after last year's demolition of the field by a fellow female player, Vanessa Rousso. The face of sponsor GoDaddy.com had an amazing tournament in 2009 when she defeated Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson in the opening round, Phil Ivey in Round 2 and 2006 WSOP Main Event runner-up and winner of this event in 2007, Paul Wasicka in the third round. Rousso's giant-killing exploits continued with the scalp of Daniel Negreanu and then the beating of Frenchman Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier in the semi-finals to set up a best of three final against Huck Seed.
Unfortunately for Rousso, she fell at the last hurdle and lost to Seed by two games to nil but it was still a major achievement, even more so considering Seed is the all-time best performer at the NBC National Heads-Up Championship having a 18-4 record and being the only player to cash in every tournament held so far.
Annette should go into this tournament full of confidence after bagging her first major pot-limit Omaha title at the Aussie Millions and he 7th place finish in the Main Event also. The 2007 WSOPE Main Event winner is currently in Denmark for EPT Copenhagen and is safely through to Day 2 with a 61,100 stack.
Come March the eyes of the world will be on the young Norwegian, mine included.