WSOPE Pre-Main Event: Brunson VS Obrestad In Heads-Up Poker

On Friday, September 26, just one day before the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in London, poker fans will have a chance to watch history in the making as the legendary Doyle Brunson will go heads-up against the 2007 WSOPE Champion, Annette Obrestad.

Pitting aged wisdom against quick-witted youth, the match between 75 year old Brunson and 20 year old Obrestad will certainly be one for the history books. The event will be a best-of-3, with the first player to win 2 matches crowned the victor.

Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson is a living legend in the professional poker world, having made a monumentally successful career out of playing poker for more than 50 years now. Brunson has earned himself 10 WSOP Bracelets, only one behind the world record holder Phil Hellmuth, and tied for second with another legend of the game, Johnny Chan.

Endorser of the well established online poker room, Doyles Room, launched in 2004, Brunson’s professional poker exploits have earned him well over $5 million in live tournament winnings, and no telling how much in high stakes cash games.

Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad hasn’t spent nearly as much time as a professional poker player, but has certainly proven her more than capable skills at the card tables. One day prior to her 19th birthday, Obrestad amazed the world by taking down the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event in its inaugural season. Before that time, her online poker nickname “Annette_15” had already earned a reputation as one to be reckoned with.

At the mere age of 15, Obrestad began playing online poker as “Annette_15”, and claims she never once deposited money into an online poker account, rather building her own bankroll from scratch in Freeroll tournaments. In a six month period (Sept ’06-Feb ’07), Annette raked in more than $500k on PokerStars, $200k on UltimateBet and another $136k at Full Tilt Poker. Her live tournament winnings already exceed $2.5 million, nearly half of Brunson’s career live tournament earnings.

The Brunson-vs-Obrestad event will begin Friday at 1pm, local London time, at the Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square. Massive attendance records are expected, including spectators and media, having just been alerted to the upcoming live poker event yesterday via a press release from the WSOP.

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