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2007 WSOP Europe Event #3: £10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

WSOP, 2007-09-17, by Ozone

In the late 1980s when Phil Hellmuth stopped Johnny Chan from winning his third consecutive WSOP Main Event, if you had told the room that twenty years later, the WSOP would expand to Europe and that an 18 year-old girl would win its first championship, they likely would have laughed at you. This week in London, Annette Obrestad made that improbable storyline come true.

The buy-in of £10,000 (close to $20,000) didn't stop 361 players from entering what is now Europe's most prestigious tournament. Since the legal gambling age in England is 18, Obrestad, better known as online superstar "Annette_15", was able to participate in her first WSOP. Dozens of well seasoned pros were not enough to stop her from winning the first place prize of £1,000,000.

The young Norwegian, who turns 19 this week, broke quite a few records with this win. Annie Duke, after finishing 21st in this event, became the first woman with more than $1,000,000 in lifetime WSOP winnings. A day later, Obrestad passed her on that leaderboard by nearly doubling Duke's lifetime winnings. Ironically, it was Obrestad who knocked Duke out in 21st place.

English newcomer John Tabatabai burst onto the live poker scene in this tournament and finished second to win £570,000. American Matthew McCullough won £381,910 for third place. For a while, it appeared another Scandinavian player, Gus Hansen, might win this event. Ultimately Hansen flamed out in 10th place. Erick Lindgren (26th), Patrik Antonius (29th), and Jamie Gold (35th) also cashed in this tournament.

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