Obrestad successfully takes on Omaha

Annette Obrestad is known for her No-Limit Hold'em skills, especially after winning the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe championship event, and now she's seeing success in the realm of Omaha as well.

According to Betfair Poker, which sponsors her, Annette Obrestad recently started exploring the game of Omaha and decided to test her new skills at the World Poker Tour event in Barcelona.

More than 100 players signed up for the Omaha preliminary event in Barcelona including Marc Goodwin and Juha Helppi.

Goodwin and Helppi are both no strangers to Omaha. Goodwin made a good run twice during Grosvenor U.K. Poker Tour stops in London this year and in 2007 to come in second in the Pot-Limit Omaha events each year.

Goodwin also cashed in 22nd place in the World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em event of the 2006 World Series of Poker.

Helppi also cashed in an Omaha event during the 2006 WSOP. He came in in 20th place during the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event, plus he has several cashes from Omaha events around the world from previous years.

His best showing in an Omaha event was a win in the 2003 Omaha event of the Estonia Poker Championships.

Obrestad bested them both to make the final table in the €300 Pot-Limit Omaha event of the Spanish Championships in Barcelona. She finished in third place to earn $25,880.

Betfair expressed its congratulations to Obrestad in a recent press release, commending her on the accomplishment.

"Although this pales in significance compared to the £1 million she took home last year at the World Series of Poker Europe, it has shown her versatility and ability to learn new variants of poker at a frighteningly quick rate," Betfair Poker said.

She won't be able to put those skills to use at the upcoming WSOP, however. At the tender age of 19, she's still two years away from being old enough to play in Las Vegas.

Instead she'll just be making a shopping trip to Vegas this year, which makes that extra $25k handy, and she'll have to more years to hone her poker skills in various games before taking on the WSOP.

Poker fans can read all about Obrestad's accomplishments from her own point of view in her blog. For those interested in reading about her win in the 2007 WSOP Europe, they should head to the Live Tournaments section.

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