Annette ‘Annette_15' Obrestad may have taken the chip lead into the final table, but Colorado stock trader and PokerStars online qualifier Reube Peters took the trophy and the top prize out of it at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Dublin championship. It took barely more than four hours for the final table to resolve, with Obrestad and Reubens ending up in a heads-up battle that seemed improbable when the day began.
The final table starting stacks showed Obrestad firmly in the lead -
Seat 1: Thierry van den Berg, Holland - 274,000
Seat 2: Daan Ruiter, Holland - 646,000
Seat 3: Reuben Peters, USA - 176,000
Seat 4: Annette Obrestad, Norway - 788,000
Seat 5: Anders Pettersson, Sweden - 166,000
Seat 6: Casper Hansen, Denmark - 360,000
Seat 7: Trond Eidsvig, Norway - 184,000
Seat 8: Michael Durrer, Germany - 247,000
Seat 9: Reijo Manninen, Finland - 480,000
Peters was aggressive out of the gate, getting all his money in on the flop when he caught a set of nines on the very first hand. Casper Hansen obliged Peters with the double up, and the young American was in good shape after starting the day near the bottom of the chip counts. That hand left Hansen crippled, and soon after that he ran his pocket Queens into Annette Obrestad's pocket Aces and was eliminated. All the money went in preflop, and the board brought no help for Hansen, as he went to the rail in 9th place (E30,630).
Thierry Van Den Berg played strongly throughout the EPT Dublin, staying near the top of the leaderboard for all four days, but his good run came to an end in 8th when he made a move against Daan Ruiter. On a board of , Van Den Berg moved all in on the river in a stone cold bluff with 8-3. Ruiter went into the tank for quite a while before calling with , and sending Ven Den Berg home with E47,650 for his 8th-place finish.
Annette Obrestad seemed content on several occasions to let others do the heavy lifting, and then eliminate the short-stacked players as they made their last attempt at climbing back up the leaderboard. That's exactly what happened to Michael Durrer, who was crippled after a big hand with Trond Eidsvig and stuck the rest of his chips in with . Obrestad called with , and Durrer was eliminated when the board missed both players. He earned E66,370 for his 7th-place finish.
Closing out the first hour of play was Anders Pettersson, who became the fourth elimination in an hour at the final table when Trond Eidsvig called his preflop all in move with A-4. Pettersson tabled Q-7 and the Eidsvig made two pair on the board of 2-K-4-10-2 to send Pettersson home in 6th place (E83,380).
Daan Ruiter got in two big hands back-to-back when he doubled up Reijo Manninen with A-K against Manninen's Aces, then found himself dominated again against Obrestad when he pushed all in with A-10 and ran into Obrestad's A-J. With the , Obrestad's lead over Ruiter grew even wider on the flop of . The on the turn left Ruiter drawing dead, and he was eliminated in 5th place (E105,510). Obrestad continued her domination of the final table when her Aces held up against Trond Eidsvig's pocket Jacks and she sent her fellow Norwegian to the rail in 4th (E127,630).
After Eidsvig's elimination, Obrestad had a massive chip lead going into three-handed play -
Annette Obrestad: 3,025,000
Reijo Manninen: 280,000
Reuben Peters: 700,000
At just a little over 19, Obrestad was the youngest final table player, and she proved to be the deadliest. At 47, Reijo Manninen was the oldest, and he proved to be her next victim. Manninen made a stand with A-J and moved all his chips in preflop, finding a caller in Obrestad with . The flop helped no one, but Obrestad came from behind when a 3 came on the turn, and Manninen was eliminated in 3rd place for E178,680.
When heads-up play began, Obrestad's chip lead was big but Reuben Peters used a combination of small-pot poker and catching cards to whittle away Obrestad's lead until they were practically even. Finally a big hand developed when Peters raised preflop, only to be met with a re-raise from Obrestad. He made the call and the flop brought . Obrestad fired strongly at the pot, and Peters responded by going all in. Obrestad went into the tank for several minutes before making the call with . Peters tabled , and dodged the two remaining sevens to win the hand. After a few minutes of chip count verification, it was determined that Peters actually had Obrestad covered, and had won the tournament! Reuben Peters came from the 2nd- shortest stack to start the day, to pick up the first place prize of E532,620!
When the dust settled, the final table payouts for the EPT Dublin looked like this -
(1) Reuben Peters €532,620
(2) Annette Obrestad €297,800
(3) Reijo Manninen €178,680
(4) Trond Eidsvig €127,630
(5) Daan Ruiter €105,510
(6) Anders Pettersson €83,380
(7) Michael Durrer €66,370
(8) Thierry van den Berg €47,650
(9) Casper Hansen €30,630