Annette “Annette_15″ Obrestad on a roll

Annette_15It’s been a good year so far for the young woman known online as “Annette_15″.

Earlier this she booked a final table at the Aussie Millions Main Event for nice score, which topped her trip ‘down under’ after she took down one of the preliminary events earlier in the tournament schedule.

But it’s the news that’s she has now signed to one of online pokers ‘big guns’ Full Tilt Poker as one of their red name pro’s that has everone talking. It’s justification for the worlds youngest person (girl or boy) to win a WSOP bracelet, when she took down the 2007 WSOPE Main Event for a huge score.

As if this is enough for Obrestad, this weekend gone, she booked another nice win online by taking down the PokerStars Sunday 500. The online phenom grabbed a bit of momentum beating respected young pro Christian “charder30″ Harder heads-up to earn the $87,400 first-place prize. The $530 buy-in $500k Guaranteed event drew 997 this week.

It’s all comes as good news for Annette, as she prepares to go into her first WSOP outside of Europe. Who knows, we may be writing a few weeks / months time about how Annette took down more bracelets and tournament wins to her already impressive resume.

Liv Boeree wins EPT San Remo and pockets a huge pay check

Liv Boeree Team UB’s Liv Boeree took down the European Poker Tour’s San Remo stop, a tournament that is quite simply one of the most massive events on the poker calendar. She outlasted 1,239 other players to capture her first major title and takes home…wait for it…€ 1,250,000. Liv’s win continues an astonishing run not only for members of Team UB, but women as well. Annie Duke captured the NBC National Heads-Up Championship, Vanessa Selbst just won the NAPT Mohegan Sun event, and now Liv reigns supreme on the Continent.

Liv’s run to the title began with an innocuous Tweet last Thursday: “won my seat to EPT San Remo last night :) ”. From there she made it through Day 1 with 42,000 then built up a stack of 400K at the end of Day 3. After treading water on Day 4 she broke through on the fifth day to make the final 24 with a stack of nearly 1.4 million. And there was no stopping her from making the final table, arriving with over 4 million chips and fate on her side.

Other players at the table quickly fell by the wayside but Liv held firm and picked up enough chips to keep her well within striking distance. It looked like Jakob Carlsson was going to run away with the tournament but Liv doubled through him holding A-K to Carlsson’s A-3 and the game was on. Liv was unlucky to blunder into the flopped full house of Toni Pettersson and doubled him up, but she quickly righted the ship and sent Pettersson to the rail when she flopped a set and he flopped top pair. The money went in and Liv found herself heads-up with Carlsson for the EPT San Remo title.

Carlsson started out ahead but that was to be short-lived–Liv took the chip lead and then seized control of the match when she three-bet in a major confrontation and forced Carlsson to fold. She held a 3-1 chip lead and then…play broke for dinner. But the hour break didn’t kill Liv’s momentum–just a few hands after play resumed she made a raise and Carlsson moved all-in. According to PokerNews she said, “How much more, please?” and announced the call. She held pocket fives; Carlsson Ace-6. The classic race situation but there was no outrunning Liv Boeree on this day, not this week. Carlsson hand failed to improve, Liv’s baby pair held up, and she was the 2010 EPT San Remo Champion.

Watching the streaming broadcast it was obvious Liv was overjoyed, almost overcome with emotion. This is, obviously, a HUGE win for her. To beat that many players, that many GOOD players, to come from behind the way she did and win such a prestigious tournament…huge. And the money will come in handy, I’m sure. Check the poker forums and Twitter and you’ll find that the whole poker world is thrilled with Liv’s victory.

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Leo Margets is the last woman standing in the 2009 WSOP Main Event

The highest finishing female in the WSOP Main Event

The highest finishing female in the WSOP Main Event

Leonor “Leo” Margets, a native of Spain, straight out of Barcelona, has won this years title of the last women standing in the WSOP Main Event, she beat over 99% of the field and finished in 27th place earning her $352,832 in the process, her biggest win to date.

She’s only been playing poker for 3 years and this was her first Major tournament (10k or more).

She now joins the ranks of Tiffany Michelle, Susie Isaacs, Barbara Enright, Marsha Waggoner, Annie Duke.

Originally coming to Las Vegas just to play preliminary events, Margets went home and was then able to convince her sponsor to bring her back to Vegas to play the Main Event. A decision that 888 would not go on to regret.

The Media spin has been huge for her since her incredible effort and has reaped the rewards.

A bubbly personality with the looks to boot. Let’s hope we see more of Leo Margets again in the future.

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Girl Poker Profile – Erica Schoenberg

Erica Schoenberg


Birth date: 25 March, 1978
Star sign: Aries
Born in: Akron, Ohio
Resides in: Las Vegas, Nevada
Biggest tournament result:
3rd place in the World Series of Poker 2007, Event#38- No Limit Hold’em
winning $261,646
Career Earnings: $749,831

A former professional Blackjack player trained by the infamous MIT Blackjack team and professional volleyball player, Erica Schoenberg’s success at the poker table has been a natural progression, and Poker is definitely her new game of choice.

Erica Schoenberg plays poker at

This young poker beauty has a wealth of experience which defies her youth, having played cards competitively from childhood, wagering with family members for pocket money.

A teenage Erica harnessed a natural affinity for numbers and logic throughout her high school and college careers, honing her skills across a variety of card games, and her thrill of the competition was born. Her parents actually met the racetrack as they were betting on the horses.

The adventure-seeking Erica enjoys a wide variety of pastimes, including playing beach volleyball, watching college hoops, and following the explosive sport of Ultimate Fighting / mixed martial arts and personal training. She also unwinds taking long walks with her two dogs and loves to shop when the urge hits.

Erica is engaged to high-stakes poker professional David Benyamine.

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Annie Duke goes on to finish runner up in the Celebrity Apprentice

Annie Duke
Cardroom or boardroom, it’s all the same to Annie Duke.

Duke battled out challenge after challenge, raising money for her charity.

In the end it was Joan Rivers who took up the last challenge and won 3 out of the 5 tasks to take the title of The Celebrity Apprentice. They both outlasted 14 other celebrities to make the finale

Not to feel too hard done by, as Duke still managed to raise the most money for her charity Refugee’s International. She, in fact, raised over 3 times as much as Rivers did in the final challenge. Although this was only one task which was being tested in the final challenge.

Since her success on the reality show, Duke has now become a familiar name with many non-poker fans world-wide.

After a up and down life of a professional poker player, Duke looks to have hit her straps recently.

Annie Duke has 4 kids Maud (1995), Leo (1998), Lucy (2000), and Nell (2002) who have all supported their mother through the show.

Look out for Duke in next adventure, it may not be (again) on the poker table, as she now is a true hollywood star!

Vanessa Rousso fresh of 2nd in the Heads-Up championships

Vanessa RoussoVanessa Rousso is smoking this year. After recently finishing runner-up to Huck Seed in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, this PokerStars pro and the latest addition to the team will embark on her a series poker workshops, instructing and teaching poker students near her home town of Florida.

The tour will include 7 stops in conjuntion with the Big Slick Boot Camp LLC team.

She will mainly focus on poker strategy, in particular in game theory. Basing her instruction from Sun Tzu’s book Art of War. A book also endorsed by Full Tilt Poker pro Phil Gordon.

When not playing poker, Rousso says teaching is the next best thing. She loves seeing her students gain something new.

For the complete schedule of Vanessa Rousso’s tour check out below:
• Friday, March 20th: Jacksonville Orange Park Kennel Club. Charity tournament to benefit Vanessa’s newly launched anti-poverty foundation “The No Limit No Profit Initiative” as well as several other charities.

• Saturday, March 21st: Jacksonville Orange Park Kennel Club. Vanessa will present a short lecture on game theory and tournament techniques and play an invitation only tournament.

• Monday, March 23rd: Pompano Beach’s Isle Casino “Battle at the Beach” $300,000 guaranteed tournament. Autographs and photo opportunities will be available during the tournament’s scheduled breaks.

• Saturday, March 28th: Palm Beach Kennel Club. Vanessa will give a short lecture on game theory and poker, and play in an invitation-only tournament.

• Sunday, April 5th: Isle Casino in Pompano Beach. Rousso will launch her innovative poker instructional camp: “The Art of Poker — An Intro to Game Theory and Poker.”

• Saturday, April 11th: Jacksonville Orange Park Kennel Club, Vanessa will teach another session of “The Art of Poker — An Intro to Game Theory and Poker.”

• Sunday, April 26th: Palm Beach Kennel Club. Vanessa will close out the Florida tour with a third opportunity for Florida poker players to attend her out-of-the-box boot camp, “The Art of Poker — An Intro to Game Theory and Poker.”

Women’s Poker Hall of Fame

2008 saw the first inductee’s in the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame.

The Women’s Poker Hall of Fame inducted the first four in 2008. 2 more inductee’s will be introduced each year after.

Only members can nominate a woman who has met the following criteria:

1. A candidate must have been active as a player or industry leader for a minimum of 15 years prior to election. (January 1994 to present, is the minimum amount of time.)

2. A player/industry leader must have contributed to the world of poker in some significant way. This person can qualify by either winning major poker tournaments, or by making significant contributions to the industry of poker.

3. Player/industry leader must be a proponent of women’s poker. Even is she does not play in women’s events, she must support them.

Check out the Hall of Fame HERE

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