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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 | Francis Lee


The World Series of Poker Europe finished off with the £10,000 buy in No Limit Holdem Event.  The event was played over five days starting on 10th September, due to the number of entrants the field was spread over three casino’s, the Sportsman, the Fifty and the Empire.

This event attracted most of the best poker players from across the globe and also a good mix of online qualifiers and a few amateur players which made up the 362 entrants, all trying to make a name for them selves in this historic event.  Only 36 people made the money in this event but the most attractive thing everyone was fighting for was the cool one million pound first place prize. 

After four days gruelling play we were finally down to the final table of nine players. It took a while to reach the end of play on day four, this was until Gus Hansen was eliminated out in 11th just missing out on the final table, lossing with pocket Queens against Matthew McCullough with pocket Kings.  This win put McCullough in the chip lead on £1.2 million in chips just ahead of Magnus Persson.  James Keys was looking likey to be the player to miss out on the final table only having £172,000 until Hansen’s elimination.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Matthew McCullough £1,278,000
  • 2nd Magnus Persson £1,231,000
  • 3rd Johannes Korsar £1,134,000
  • 4th John Abitibi £982,000
  • 5th Annette Oberstar £697,000
  • 6th Oyvind Riisem £644,000
  • 7th Theo Jorgensen £605,000
  • 8th Dominic Kay £490,000
  • 9th James Keys £172,000

The final table started of very quickly loosing the short stacked player Kames Keys on the third hand of play.  Keys in the small blind position made a stand moving All In over the top with :qh :10s against Magnus Persson who raised on the button.  Persson called and revealed :ac :9c putting him in the lead.  The Flop hit his Ace coming down :ad :7c :3h leaving Keys needing hit a runner runner to survive.  The :10c fell on the Turn giving him chances but the :3d on the River ended any hope he had.  Keys collected £61,540 for coming in 9th place.

Play immediately slowed down after this and we had to wait until hand 38 the before we lost our next player.  Theo Jorgensen a few hands before had been crippled down to his last £12,000 in chips loosing a big pot to John Tabatabai having pocket Tens against pocket Kings.  The Kings held up to give John the pot.  Jorgensen threw in his remaining chips after Annette Obrestad made the first raise up to £45,000 and both Dominic Kay and Matthew McCullough called.  Everyone checked after the Flop came down :7s :5s :4h and again after the Turn was the :js The :7d fell on the River and Obrestad bet $75,000 to which everyone folded.  Obrestad flipped over her cards revealing Trip Sevens and Jorgensen mucked his cards.

Magnus Persson who had made a good early start to the day saw his chip stack whittle down to his last £120,000 in chips, he met his end when he ran into Tabatabai again holding pocket Kings All In pre Flop when only having :ks :10h himself.  The board came down :ah :7s :5d :4s :3h easily giving Tabatabai the pot, sending Perrson to the rail to collect £114,030 for his 7th place finish.

Not long after Matthew McCullough eliminated Dominic Kay calling a big Re-raise pre Flop from Kay.  McCullough was in a good position showing pocket Eights against Kay with pocket Sixes.  McCullough hit a set with the Flop coming down :8c :9s :5d leaving Kay needing a Seven to hit a straight.  The :2d on the Turn and :jd on the River ended all hope for Kay and he collected £152,040 in 6th place.

This win had put McCullough in the chip lead but this didn’t last long as Tabatabai struck again eliminating Johannes Korsar out in 5th place.  Korsar moved All In over the top of a £60,000 bet from Oyvind Rissem and two callers.  Only Tabatabai called having pocket Sixes and it was a coin flip with Korsar having :kd :js needing help to survive.  These hopes were quickly dashed when the Flop came down :qh :3c :6c giving Tabatabai a set.  The :2c on the Turn meant Korsar was drawing dead and left the table after the meaningless River came down with the :10s

The official chip count at this point had Tabatabai in the lead on just over £3 million in chips followed by McCullough in second on £2.3 million.  Annette Obrestad was on £1.2 million and Oyvind Rissem who had been relatively was short stacked with £526,000.

It was inevitable that Rissem was the next player to leave the event and this came about when he decided to make a stand with pocket Nines.  Unfortunately for Rissem he had ran into McCullough with pocket Aces and he was happy to call his All In move.  The Aces held up with the final board coming down :8h :7d :5c :4c :kd giving McCullough the pot leaving Oyvind to collect £257,020 in prize money for his trouble.

Annette Obrestad proceeded to win a few big pots in a row catching both Tabatabai and McCullough up in the chip rankings, before taking the lead getting a lot of chips from McCullough, leaving him on around 1 million in chips.  This loss was the start of McCullough’s downfall as he was eliminated by Tabatabai a few hand later.  McCullough moved All In after the Flop came down :js :6h :3c with :jc :8c and was called by Tabatabai with :ac :6s The :ad on the Turn wiped away McCullough’s lead and he wasn’t helped with the :qs on the River.

Down to heads up and Tabatabai had a £2 million chip lead over Obrestad with 4.2 million in chips.  The chip lead swung from player to player during the 60 hands that were played.  The final hand came when Tabatabai called an All In move with :6d :5s after the Flop came down :7c :6c :5h he couldn’t believe his luck when he found himself behind and almost drawing dead against Obrestad’s pocket Sevens.  The :2c on the Turn ended the event giving Obrestad the win.

Annette Obrestad at the tender age of 19 years old became the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet and the first female to win a WSOP main event.  Obrestad rated as one of the best online MTT players around has now proved her credentials on the live stage and is one to look out for in future events.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Annette Oberstar £1,000,000
  • 2nd John Tabatabai £570,000
  • 3rd Matthew McCullough £381,910
  • 4th Oyvind Riisem £257,020
  • 5th Johannes Korsar £191,860
  • 6th Dominic Kay £152,040
  • 7th Magnus Persson £114,030
  • 8th Theo Jorgensen £85,070
  • 9th James Keys £61,540



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