Annette prepares for her first WSOP
Ever since 2007 when Annette Obrestad won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at the ripe old age of 18-years old the poker world has been tingling with anticipation at the thought of the young Norweigian taking to the felt at the WSOP in Las Vegas. Now aged 21-years old, the legal gambling age in "Sin City", Miss Obrestad is preparing to take on the world at the upcoming 2010 World Series of Poker.
The past two years have been quite lacklustre by Annette's high standards. Most poker players would be more than happy with logging $366,650 from live tournaments but after winning more than $2,400,000 in her début year Annette targeted 2010 as the year to get back on track.
Poker After Dark and Aussie Millions
This year started off very well for "Annette_15" when she was invited to take part in the Nicknames week of the sixth series of Poker After Dark, where she called herself, "The Huntress." The six-handed tournament did not go quite to plan, with Annette finishing fifth from six, but less than a week later she was back to winning ways at the 2010 Aussie Millions.
Although known as a no-limit Hold'em specialist, Annette bested a field of 160 entrants in the AUD$1,000 Pot-limit Omaha event to claim her first PLO title. During the same series she went deep in the AUD$10,000 Main Event, eventually finishing seventh from 746 entrants for a cool AUD$175,000.
Heads Up Championship
After these remarkable performances all eyes were on Annette as she flew out to the USA to take part in her first major live tournament in Las Vegas, the $20,000 NBC National Heads-up Championship, an invite-only event that the very best players in the world play in. She defeated baseball star Orel Hershiser in the opening round, before felting Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth to ensure a cash of at least $25,000. Unfortunately for our star, she came unstuck against Doyle Brunson in the next round to finish ninth from 64.
The Eight Annual Five Star World Poker Classic took place during April and Annette flexed her muscles at the Bellagio felt. Over the course of a week she came 4/39 in a $1,000 NLHE event, followed by a 9/63 in another $1,000 event before placing 9/140 in a $500 side event. Three cashes from three events is great form in any poker player's book.
Next up for Annette was the $5,000 tournament, a build up to the $25,000 Main Event, that attracted 91 runners, meaning only the top nine would be paid. With blinds at 800/1,600 Miss Obrestad found herself with a 50,000 stack, which was lost in cruel circumstances when her kings were no match for her opponent's tens on a QT6 flop, for another top 20 finish.
Never one to dwell on defeat, Annette jumped right back into the saddle and took part in the $25,000 Main Event. Annette started well and by the first break she had a very healthy 110,000 stack but only increased that by around 3,000 during the next couple of levels. She tweeted on her Twitter page that she had dropped to 100,000 after splashing around in some pots but that she had generally been missing flop throughout the day. Her next update informed her army of fans that the players would be playing two more levels before calling it a night but she did not make it that far.
Her stack rose back to 116,000 before dropping to 90,000 and then 15 minutes later she found herself with just a 10,000 stack, tweeting "fml I play bad 10k. Comeback time?" Somehow the diminutive poker prodigy lasted another 75 minutes with such a short stack before losing her remaining 15 big blinds when her nines could not suck out on her opponent's pocket Kings.
The 2010 WSOP begins on Friday 28 May with the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship, which hopefully Annette will be voted into play. She is currently in the top 50 positions but only the first 20 on the list will be selected to take part in the prestigious $1,000,000 freeroll.
It is unclear how many events Annette plans to play in the upcoming WSOP but one thing is for certain, if she leaves without a bracelet on her wrist she will be bitterly disappointed.
America Awaits Annette - Martin Harris