Young Players Dominate Inaugural World Series of Poker Europe

At only eighteen years of age, Annette Obrested became the youngest bracelet winner in the history of the World Series of Poker. Taking home the Main Event at the first ever WSOP Europe, the young Norweigan seemed just as shocked about her $2 million plus win as did everybody else. However, Obrested’s victory was anything but lucky. Showcasing exceptional skills at the table, Obrested and the rest of the European pack outperformed American pros like Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson.

WSOP Commissioner, Jeffrey Pollack concurred that the European players indeed showed why it was nigh time to bring the WSOP to Europe. Of all the players at the final table, there was only one American – 26 year old Matthew McCullough – who finished in third place. Second place went to London’s John Tabatabai, fourth went to Norway’s Oyvind Rissen, fifth place went to Sweden’s Johannes Korsar, while the rest of the pack hailed from London, Denmark and Sweden.

What was most interesting about this particular final table was the very young age of all the players. At thirty-five years old, Copenhagen’s Theo Jorgensen was the oldest player to have a seat at the final table. Obrested was obviously the youngest, while the average age of everybody else was only twenty-three years old. Not a favorable sign to those who believe an increasing number of young people are gambling, it was a little strange to see so many young faces competing for such high stakes.

All of the players had most of their formal training in online poker rooms, gaming club casino bonus codes, which is certainly very popular in Europe, especially now that that regulation is opening more doors for people to bet online in a safe and secure environment. Several online satellite tournaments were hosted at online poker rooms, including WSOP’s very own – all leading to the tournament held at The Casino at The Empire on Leicester Square.