Portly Poker Pro Annette Obrestad Providing a WSOP Bust

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Thomas Somach
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Annette Obrestad

Norwegian poker sensation Annette Obrestad is not making much of a mark so far at her first World Series of Poker.

Through the first 23 events at the ongoing 57-event WSOP in Las Vegas, the chunky poker wunderkind has finished in the money just once--and that was just by the skin of her teeth!

Her cash came in 2010 WSOP Event #17, a no-limit Texas hold 'em tournament that had a $5,000 buy-in, 792 entrants and a total prize pool of $3,722,400.

Payouts went to the top 72 finishers in the tourney.

Obrestad finished the event in 72nd place and collected $10,497.

"I'm going to enter as many events as I can," Obrestad, from Sandnes, Norway, said in a newspaper interview before the WSOP started.

Apparently that strategy isn't working too well.

Obrestad splashed onto the world poker scene when, at the ripe young age of 18, she won the Main Event of the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe in London, England, in 2007.

Although European poker tournaments only require participants to be age 18, American poker tourneys have a minimum age of 21, so Obrestad wasn't legally allowed to participate in the WSOP until this year.

Much of pokerdom had waited breathlessly to see how she would do at the WSOP--it was one thing to succeed at a smaller WSOPE that had few top American participants, it was quite another to enter the larger WSOP with all its top American pros.

Is Obrestad choking, or is it just a case of a minor leaguer trying to hit major league pitching?

Only time will tell, but it's running out fast.

By Tom Somach

Gambling911.com Staff Writer