As one of the things designed to hype up the WSOPE and draw more attention to an event that is still in its infancy, Doyle Brunson will take on Annette Obrestad in a heads-up No-Limit Hold’em match. And I’ll admit that this event they’ve cooked up is definitely a draw to the WSOPE as Doyle is an American icon in the poker industry while many say that Annette Obrestad is Europe’s best all-around player due to the fact that she has won the WSOPE Main Event and has the online world at her fingertips.
Further souping up the drama for this contest is the whole age difference between the two and the accolades that they bring to the table. Doyle Brunson is 75 years old, has won the WSOP Main Event twice, is second all-time in WSOP bracelets with 10, and has played the game for well over 50 years. Annette Obrestad, on the other hand, just turned 20 and is said to be a prodigy in that she began playing poker for cash when she was 15, has never deposited money into an account, and she started her bankroll through freerolls and never looked back.
This much anticipated match-up really has me wondering, just who will win the event. The way this No-Limit heads-up contest is set up is that the winner will be the person who wins two out of three of the games. So here goes my prediction:
I always like a surprise and think that Annette Obrestad is someone who is just a naturally talented poker player capable of doing whatever she wants in the game and in her future as well. However, it’s hard to dispute Brunson’s experience and the fact that he has decades of table exposure over Obrestad. So I pick Brunson as the winner though I think that it will definitely come down to the last game. But whatever happens, it will definitely be an event to remember.
Doyle defeated Annette in two straight matches. So the “old men” won against the “young gun”.
It was difficult for me to see Obrestad outlasting Doyle in this contest although he did get some cards on the river to pull it out.