Annette knocked out of NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Despite two TV feature table appearances and two victories Annette Obrestad is out of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship after being beaten by poker legend Doyle Brunson in the round of 16.
Following her victory on Friday against former baseball pitching star Orel Hershiser, the 21-year-old was pitted against Phil Hellmuth in the round of 32 and wasted little effort dispatching the player people love to hate.
Her victory finally came when Hellmuth faced a decision on a board reading Qc 2h 9h 10c 8c. After deliberating for a full five minutes and despite announcing the only thing he could beat was a total bluff he called for his tournament life. Annette revealed a pair of Jacks for a straight with Hellmuth meekly flashing a nine.
Once again Annette was put on the feature TV table later in the afternoon this time against Doyle Brunson. The pair had faced each other once before in a charity match-up prior to the Betfair sponsored World Series of Poker 2008. Brunson won that contest and once against the old man of poker prevailed against his young rival.
The hand that put Brunson in a commanding lead came around 40 minutes into the match-up when Annette's up and down straight draw failed to hit against the veteran's two pair who completed a full house on the river for good measure.
It was all over moments later when her Qh5h was behind against Brunson's Ah8c with the board not helping the young Norwegian.
Despite taking home $25,000 Annette will be disappointed not to have gone further but she has more valuable Las Vegas experience under her belt as her debut in the World Series of Poker in May quickly approaches.
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