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Obrestad Avoiding Aussie Millions Déjà Vu
It was one year ago when 21-year-old poker prodigy Annette Obrestad experienced the most frustrating moment of her young poker career.
Among the chip leaders with 21 people left in the 2009 Aussie Millions, holding ace-ten, she pushed all in for around 350k over Canadian Zach Fellows' raise, expecting him to fold all but premium cards.
However, Fellows made the rather loose call with just pocket fives.
The fives held and an angry Obrestad had a few choice words for Fellows before running nines into jacks to bow out 21st.
"It was a terrible call," she said. "It was really frustrating."
Thursday, a year later, she finds herself deep-stacked late in the 2010 Aussie Millions again and hoping this won't be a case of déjà vu.
"I hope not," she laughed. "I want to do well in every tournament I play. It doesn't really matter which one it is, but because I got deep here last year and I was so close to final tabling, I want to know what that feeling is like."
The Norwegian-born Betfair Poker pro says there's really no secret to why she's deep in the Aussie Millions main event in back-to-back years.
The tournament just sets up well for her game.
"I think the structure is just really good," she said. "And I've been running good too."
It certainly doesn't hurt that the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe main event champ has cultivated an image as a tremendously loose-aggressive player. Apparently no one ever puts her on a hand.
"They never think I have anything, no matter how I play a hand," she explained. "Even when I have the nuts and that's the only hand I could possibly have, they still don't believe me.
"It's really annoying at times, because I like to play a lot of pots. So getting involved without a hand is not a good idea. But why would I? They never believe me anyway. I don't have to. So I'm trying to tighten up a little and take advantage."
Like most of the new generation of Internet whiz kids taking over the poker world these days, Obrestad was weaned on No-Limit Hold'em.
But drawn in by its alluring action, she recently expanded her repertoire to include Pot-Limit Omaha and actually took down the $1k PLO prelim in Australia just days before the start of the main event.
"I was really excited," she said. "I've been playing a lot online. That's usually what I play if I play online these days, so I feel like I've been really improving my game.
"You can play a lot of pots. You can play really aggressively and you can bluff a lot in that game. There's a lot of action. I like it."
But for now, she's got a little Hold'em and the remainder of the Aussie Millions to contend with.
"I really want to do well here this year," she said. "And put last year in the past."
To follow Obrestad's progress and the rest of the 2010 Aussie Millions main event, tune in to PokerListings' Live Updates through the Jan. 30 final table.