Annette Obrestad makes EPT final table

Annette Obrestad
Annette Obrestad is the one to beat at today's EPT Dublin final table.

Poker fans are going to want to tune in to see the action of today's European Poker Tour final table from Dublin. It could be another history making event as Annette Obrestad is coming to the table as the chip leader.

Obrestad, known online as Annette_15, recently became the youngest World Series of Poker bracelet winner when she won the WSOP Europe Main Event in September.

That win also made her the first female Main Event winner and broke two of Annie Duke's records at once. First was Annie Duke's record of more than $1 million in official WSOP winnings. Duke had just broken the record the day before by placing 21st in the WSOP-E Main Event, but Annette's more than $2 million win trumped it.

The second was Duke's single-event record win for a woman. She won $2 million in a winner-take-all victory in the 2004 Tournament of Champions.

That's pretty impressive for a 19-year-old, but the Norwegian phenom has been playing poker online since she was 15, so she's got the experience to back up her impressive live-game play.

Starting with nothing in her poker account, Obrestad has freerolled her way to becoming one of the top highest-stakes players online. She literally started with nothing, cashed in a freeroll for $9 and turned it into a poker career.

Many others have tried to do what she has, some with just as much success, but not many have made the transition to live poker with such ease. Her first live-tournament cash was at the Aruba Poker Classic in 2006 where she made it to 37th place for $12,415.

She also made the final table of an EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final preliminary event, cashed in an Paddy Power Irish Open event and cashed in an EPT Barcelona preliminary event in 2007 before her WSOP-E win.

Annette Obrestad
The pride of Norwegian poker.

Making the final table of another major event so soon after her WSOP win lends credibility to the fact that this girl can play - she's no one hit wonder like so many other online players who've popped up to win a tournament only to disappear eventually back to their online careers.

A female player has already won an EPT event before - Vicky Coren won the London event in 2006 - so Obrestad won't be breaking any new records that way with a Dublin win. However, the €532,620 top prize ($773,364) will move her even further up the ranks of top money winning women in the game as well as up in the overall ranks.

Not to get too far ahead of ourselves though, she still has to earn that win today at the tables. She enters the final table with $788,000 in chips, but not too far behind her is Daan Ruiter with about $646,000.

The final table looks like this:

  • Seat 1: Thierry Van Den Berg, $274,000
  • Seat 2: Daan Ruiter, $646,000
  • Seat 3: Reuben Peters, $176,000
  • Seat 4: Annette Obrestad, $788,000
  • Seat 5: Anders Pettersson, $166,000
  • Seat 6: Casper Hansen, $360,000
  • Seat 7: Trond Eidsvig, $184,000
  • Seat 8: Michael Durrer, $247,000
  • Seat 9: Reijo Manninen, $480,000

This EPT event isn't going to be taped, so it won't be shown on TV. If you want to see the action and find out if Annette is working her way to another victory when play begins again today at 4 p.m. (GMT), you'll have to come back to to find out.

Matt Showell will be on the scene to bring live updates, photos, reports, interviews and more from Dublin. Stay tuned to the Live Tournaments Section for all the poker action.

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