Speaking of Obrestad, a new rival for best young female player in Europe might be emerging with the first big win for Czech teenager Veronika Pavlikova over the weekend.
The 18-year-old from the Czech Republic took down the 2012 France Poker Series Snowfest Evian Main Event for €70,000.
Even more impressivly, Pavlikova beat out a 300-player field that included big-name players Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Guillaume Darcourt.
The comparisons to Obrestad flooding in may be a bit preemptive as Annette won a much larger tournament – the World Series of Poker Europe main event – at 18 for €1 million but had already dominated online by the time she was 16.
Pavlikova will have a chance to match Obrestad’s early live exploits at the 2012 WSOPE in Cannes, France in September.
Obrestad’s most famous accomplishment might not even be her WSOPE win either as she also is renowned for winning a 180-player SNG without ever looking at her hole cards:
3) Dropping Out of College to Play Poker: +EV?
Caby can believe it's +EV.
Dropping out of college to play poker professionally is, to put it bluntly, a very hit-and-miss proposition.
Some players run well, manage their bankrolls wisely and set themselves up for life. Others make, err, poorer decisions.
For 21-year-old Matt Plecki, featured in a recent article on the USC journalism school's digital news outlet, it was an easy choice:
“School was taking up poker time, which was almost $1,000 a day,” Matt explained. "Why would any intelligent, self-motivated 21-year-old want to spend his days in class instead of making $300 an hour doing something he actually enjoyed?”
With tuition at USC topping $20k for a semester, Plecki dropped out after his junior year and played online before moving to Costa Rica after Black Friday. Still playing and now involved with DraftDay.com with Taylor Caby, Plecki says it’s working as he can get his education and live the lifestyle he wants:
“I still enjoy learning, but schools like Stanford and MIT have free classes online. I signed up for two Stanford classes in entrepreneurship, two in programming, and am able to spend eight hours on some days going through stuff, then taking maybe a week off to golf."
“I also don’t have to study anything not ‘useful,’" Matt continued. "In addition, I’m involved in a handful of other job opportunities and investments in startups, so I wouldn’t ever really need a degree to get to that next step. However, I do miss the social part of school.”
If you're thinking of making the move yourself, read the full piece here.
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