Annette Obrestad Wins Event 4 Of Aussie Millions 2010January 20, 2010 12:44 pm
Norwegian poker pro Annette Obrestad has just won Event 4 Of the Aussie Millions 2010, where she defeated a field of 160 players at Pot Limit Omaha to lift the title and claim the $40,000 first place prize.
The $1,100 AUD buy-in event managed to attract a first class field, which included Grant Levy, Stewart Scott, Eric Assadourian, Rayan Nathan, Lee Nelson, Josh “JJProdigy” Fields and PLO instructor Vanessa Selbst.
However, as the event got underway it was clear that not all the players were competing at the highest level of the game, as one hand demonstrated. Two players had gone all-in on a board reading K 8 5 3, and after an innocuous J fell on the river, one player holding 6 7 7 4 was still insisting he had made a straight, until it was explained to him that in Omaha you can use only two cards from your starting hand.
Things didn’t seem to be going Annette’s way when, at the beginning of the tournament, she was desperately low on chips after her opponent hit runner-runner to make a flush to beat her two pair. She managed to quadruple up on the next hand, though, to take her chip stack to 8,000 and just before the break she was sitting on 22,000 chips after her flopped straight held up against her opponent’s set of jacks.
As play got underway after the break, Annette had increased her stack to 36,500 at the expense of Con Angelakis, and this was enough to carry her past the bubble when Oliver Gill, holding quad aces, eliminated Jason Bandouvakis and ensured all remaining players at least $2,000AUD.
By the time the field had been whittled down to 9 players, Annette Obrestad took her place at the final table third in chips with a 157,000 stack. However, Annette’s skill and aggression was more than enough to make short work out of her opponents and secure her first live tournament win since taking down the inaugural WSOPE event in 2007.
Annette Obrestad has now earned in excess of $2,700,000 from live tournament cashes, and was on Twitter soon after her victory in Australia, announcing “Yayyyyy i won!!!!” to all her fans.