Both Annette Obrestad and Phil Hellmuth made deep runs, but ultimately fell short of winning bracelets at this year’s World Series of Poker.
The much-hyped Obrestad, winner of the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe 3 years ago at age 18, turned 21 this year and is playing in the WSOP for the first time. Though she was able to emerge the victor at each of her first 2 tables over the first 2 days of the event, her deep run in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout ended with her finishing 11th and missing the final table.
Meanwhile, the eyes of the poker world were once again on Phil Hellmuth, as he made a deep run at the $1,500 pot limit Omaha high-low split event. Attempting to win his first non-Hold’em World Series bracelet, a Hellmuth victory would have made it 12 overall for the career WSOP bracelet leader. Though he outlasted 840 other players, the Poker Brat ended up busting in 7th place. Of possibly consolation to Hellmuth, he added a record 78th cash at the World Series to his resume, along with a record 41st final table appearance.