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2010 WSOP Best Bets: Annette Obrestad
Last year, PokerListings picked its best bets to win a World Series of Poker bracelet and revealed them to the public in advance of the series.
Out of five picks, our very own blogger Jason Mercier managed to win his first of what is sure to be many bracelets to come.
However, our other four choices were shut out. This year, after deciding one isn't nearly enough, we have chosen a line-up sure to be bringing home the bling from Las Vegas this summer.
Erica Schoenberg has been working on her game, so we made her our third pick and considering he's made a WPT and two WSOP Circuit final tables over the past 12 months, PokerListings' blogger Matt "Allinat420" Stout made it easy to make him our fourth choice.
Today we reveal our final 2010 WSOP Best Bet, Annette Obrestad, and next week we'll let Negreanu tell you his top five picks to win WSOP gold right before the 2010 World Series of Poker kicks off:
Annette Obrestad has been at the World Series of Poker for the past three years and has yet to win to win a bracelet.
The big difference this year is she'll be legally allowed to play for one.
"I actually don't know what to expect because even though I've been here, I've never played before," said the Norwegian online poker phenom, who famously started her poker bankroll winning an online freeroll at 15 and went on to become the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe main event champ in 2007 at just 18.
"I'm just going in thinking that if I feel like playing, I'm going to play. I'm not going to have set schedule, so if I'm playing badly or I don't feel like playing, I don't have to. We'll see what happens, I'm going to play as many tournaments as possible and hopefully do well in them."
Annette_15, as she's known online, turned 21 this past fall and has had her mind set on success at the 2010 WSOP ever since.
But since the poker world is well aware of her presence these days, she's had to make some adjustments just to keep up.
"My game has changed a lot over the last couple of years," she said. "When I first started playing I could get away with so much because I was a girl and people didn't know me very well. I could three-bet and I could bluff a lot and people would just fold because they didn't know any better.
"Now people have seen me on TV and they know I'm an aggressive player so they call me down a lot. My game has changed a lot and it's not as fun as it used to be, but I can still make money at it."
Making money at this year's WSOP will mean focusing on as many No-Limit Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha events as she can get her hands on.
And she will be doing so with a new sponsor's patch on her chest.
"I was with Betfair for three years, but they are not open for the US market, so it was kind of stupid for them to buy me into events in the US market," she said. "I decided to look for a new sponsor and Full Tilt were the most excited about it.
"I usually play on Full Tilt anyway, so I'm super excited to become part of their team."
Proud of the fact she's been a winning player since she started playing poker, Obrestad is just hoping the success she's found everywhere else across the poker spectrum will continue this summer on the game's biggest stage.
"I don't really know how to prepare because I've never been here before," She said. "I'm just going to have to see what happens.
"I can't really say I have too high expectations going in because of tournament variance. There's really not that much control there. You just have to play your best."