Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad made world poker history when she won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe in 2007. Born 18 September 1988, she is the youngest person ever to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and the first woman to win a WSOP Main Event title. In an essentially male-dominated arena, she has more than succeeded in making a name for herself.

A day before her 19th birthday, Annette Obrestad took home the WSOPE title and a £1 million first prize. She is now also recognised as one of the world’s best online multi-table tournament players.

Obrestad, known as “Annette_15” online, began her poker career at age 15, when she started playing poker online. Apparently she never had to deposit any money on a poker site, claiming she managed to make her initial online bankroll when she won freeroll poker tournaments. Proof of this lies in her wins to date on various sites such as PokerStars (over $500,000), UltimateBet ($200,000) and Full Tilt Poker ($136,000). 

Two months after her WSOPE win, Annette Obrestad nearly took home a second major live title when she came second in the European Poker Tour event held in Dublin, Ireland. She earned €297,800 in the event, which was ultimately won by Reuben Peters.

Obrestad’s total live tournament winnings as of 2008 are well over $2,500,000. She comes second to Thor Hansen among poker players from Norway in the all-time money list.

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) in the United States can only welcome Annette Obrestad in 2010, when she will meet the age limit of 21. Nevada, home of the WSOP, has legislation prohibiting anyone under that age from taking part in gaming.