From winning the 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event as an 18-year-old to starting her poker career through freerolls, Annette Obrestad has become one of poker’s living legends. But if there’s one act that truly defines Obrestad’s career more than anything else, it’s when she won a $4 online tournament with 120 players without looking at her cards except for one time on an all-in situation.
I thought this seemed impossible, but decided to give it a try to see if it could improve my game. I stuck three layers of athletic tape on my screen over where my cards would appear.
My tournament had 117 entrants and I was a bit nervous at first. It soon became obvious to me that the only way I could play would be to play out of the blinds and off the button. Either I could shove preflop, or else I could call in the blinds and then shove the flop if it seemed to have hit my range hard.
I was really surprised to find how easy it was to play this way and eventually finished in 25th place, 5 places out of the money. I might have gone a little deeper, but I made a risky shove on the flop in a large pot with (what turned out to be) J5o up against A9 on an ace-high flop I believe that if I had won that pot, I would have got into the money.
I did get lucky with a couple of pots hitting a 9 on the river one time, and doubling up with 33 against AA. Several other pots were folded preflop.
The biggest disadvantage was that it was impossible to play from early position or to call raises. I guess you could shove from UTG, but I did not try that.
I might try it again to see if I can improve, but 25th out of 117 was probably beginners luck.