August 14, 2010
Tonight I finally caught up on my TiVo'd WSOP 2010 episodes. As usual, early round coverage focused on various celebrities and poker royalty as ESPN sought to manufacture a story. During one episode, ESPN featured several hands involving WSOPE main event champion Annette Obrestad (a/k/a Annette_15) as she played in her inaugural WSOP Main Event. Although she came into the WSOP with high hopes and high pressure, Obrestad's results were rather pedestrian, if not disappointing.
Now, I have previously played poker at the same cash game table as Obrestad during IMOP-V. I found Obrestad to be a very pleasant, humble, and fun player. Watching her during the WSOP coverage, Obrestad showed a markedly different attitude of arrogance mixed with petulance:
- After two-barrel bluffing with ATs on a Queen-high board, she gave up on the river when a second 8 hit the board, giving her opponent trips (he had middle pair with the 8 on the flop). She whined about how she could have bluffed her opponent off any other river card.
- She pushed all-in with 99 on a Ten-high board, and made a sharp remark about slowrolling when her opponent thought briefly before calling with JJ. She managed to suck out another 9 to stay alive, and was admittedly rather gracious in acknowledging she had gotten lucky.
- In the hand that spelled her WSOP Main Event doom, Obrestad again pushed all-in on a Nine-high flop with just AJ, and complained about her opponent calling her with QQ, claiming that she thought her opponent could never call her with an overpair.
Obrestad is clearly an incredibly talented player who will likely continue to have great success in poker (Exhibit A is her amazing laydown of 44 after flopping 4s full of Yaks, only to have her opponent turn Yaks full of 7s). I guess I had just expected, or at least hoped, her elite talent would be accompanied by a more decorous attitude.