Every year, there’s a new crop of young, accomplished online and European players who are entering their first World Series of Poker events, having recently reach legal age.

This year’s group of young players may be the most accomplished. The one player everyone is excited about watching is Annette Obrestad. The Norwegian phenom has already competed in the three previous editions of the WSOP-Europe in London (with great success), but this will be the first time she will face the massive fields and the day-to-day never-ending grind inside the Amazon Room.


It's Annette_15's first WSOP in the United States. And this blogger is excited to see how she fares.

Then there are guys like Ashton Griffin and Tom Marchese who play in the biggest cash games online and already have significant live victories under their belts (the NAPT Venetian $25K Bounty Shootout and $5K Main Event respectively) and are playing the WSOP the first time. There’s also Dan “djk123″ Kelly, Randal “RandALLin” Flowers and Luke “FullFlush” Schwartz, who will likely make news for his loud mouth.

Because of their reputations, they won’t take anyone by surprise. But that’s only fueling my interest in their results. I’ll be glued to Web sites throughout the series to see how these young players do.