Poker ambassadors raise bar at Venetian

Feb 9, 2016 3:08 AM

The Sands poker room inside the Venetian was named the best in Las Vegas by Desert Companion Magazine in its “Best of the City” issue. With over 14,000 square feet and 59 tables, the poker room is also the largest in Las Vegas.

The Venetian recently announced Annette Obrestad would be joining Erica Lindgren, who joined Venetian in November 2015, as a poker ambassador for the casino.

Tommy LaRosa, tournament director at the Sands says, “We are thrilled to bring both Erica Lindgren and Annette Obrestad on board as we are looking at ways to drive female players into the poker room. We have some exciting things planned, and we feel that nobody has fully recognized the impact that female players make in our industry. Annette also brings with her the ability to reach a large European audience that we feel will help introduce many of those players to our room during DSE III (Deep Stack Extravaganza).”

Obrestad, originally from Norway, is most well-known for her successful online career where she played as “Annette_15.” She is also the youngest WSOP bracelet winner as she won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in 2007 the day before her 19th birthday for $2,013,733. The record still stands.

Obrestad currently holds second place in the all-time money list among Norwegian poker players. According to the Hendon Mob, she currently has $3,923,798 in total live earnings.

Obrestad can be found playing cash games and events in the DeepStack Extravaganza I, which is currently running through March 2 and features over $2.9 million in guaranteed prize pools.

LaRosa said of the popular tournament series that runs five times a year, “We are excited to offer the DeepStack Extravaganza series to our players who love the value they receive from our events. DSE II will run March 14-27 and will feature $875K in guaranteed prize pools.

“This summer, DSE III is tentatively scheduled for May 16-July 24. This event should be quite popular, as we are hoping to feature our largest guaranteed prize pool event ever! Further details to follow in early March.”

The tournament series was introduced in 2007 and continues to be a popular stop for both poker pros and recreational players alike. Known for its generous starting stacks and player-friendly structure, the DSE is still going strong today. Visit @VenetianPoker for tournament updates.

Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: [email protected]