In Las Vegas, Nevada, gamers must be 21 years of age to enter a gaming facility. That rule has kept one of the best young poker pros in the world from participating in the WSOP (World Series of Poker) in the past few years. Annette Obrestad from Norway established herself as one of the top poker players in the circuit when she captured the 2007 WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe) Main Event.
Despite her triumph, the Nevada law barred her from participating in one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world from May 2010 through July 2010. Now, Obrestad has turned 21 and she is ready to go to Las Vegas and make her presence known at the poker tables.
But Obrestad will not be catching any poker pros off guard because she has participated in numerous poker events in jurisdictions that permit 18 year-old players. Heading into the 2010 World Series of Poker, which starts this week, Obrestad has been polishing her poker skills online.
On May 23rd, 2010, Sunday, Obrestad won the PokerStars Sunday 500 and took home $87,000 dollars that will be utilized for some of her buy-ins at the World Series of Poker. The tournament will begin with the Casino Employee Event. There will be several other poker events that will be staring on the tournament's opening weekend.
Throughout the month of June, dozens of poker events will be played and bracelets will be given away, all leading up to the 2010 WSOP Main Event that starts in early July 2010.
Last year, poker pro Phil Ivey achieved an excellent run in the Main Event compared with any other poker player by reaching the final table. But Ivey fell short of taking home the title and will be back again this year to try and rewrite WSOP history.
07/19/2010 14:24 PM