Obrestad Hungry for Second WSOP Bracelet

Annette Obrestad
Obrestad can't get enough of the WSOP.

Annette Obrestad burst into the record books when she came from nowhere in 2007 to scoop the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event title and become the youngest bracelet winner in history.

Following her £1 million cash in London however, she has been unable to perform on poker's most celebrated stage, the WSOP in Las Vegas, because she's always been too young - until now.

Having finally breached the legal age requirement of 21, Obrestad is at the biggest show in town and is relishing every moment.

"I've really enjoyed the World Series," said Obrestad. "I've been looking forward to it for a while and have thrown myself fully into it. I've played 14 events which is loads when you think I don't really play the mixed games."

The young Norwegian may regard No-Limit Hold'em as her speciality event, but at the moment it is the $5k Pot-Limit Omaha where Obrestad is performing admirably, amongst the chip leaders with 52 left.

"It's been surprisingly easy today," she told PokerListings. "I have Eric Liu to my left and he is a tough player, but overall I've been getting my chips in ahead.

"Normally I just get it in bad and suck out or bust out, but today I've been getting it in in good spots."

When asked whether this could be the event that sees her collect her second bracelet, Obrestad just laughed.

"Haha, well one thing at a time," she said.

"All I care about right now is cashing. Once I've done that, maybe we can think of other things."

Obrestad is well-placed for a run at the bracelet, but she has several tough competitors to dispose of first, including PokerListings blogger Jason Mercier - who showed his Omaha pedigree at last year's WSOP, winning a bracelet in the $1.5k Omaha tournament.

To read how this exciting tournament is playing out - see the dedicated WSOP 2010 section - with news, blogs and videos from the WSOP.

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