Across the world, poker has gained a lot of popularity thanks to the advent of online poker. This has also led to the rise of a new breed of poker players who have, at a very young age, managed to make millions and inspire other players to try professional poker as a career. Probably one of the most iconic young poker players is the Norwegian Annette Obrestad.
Annette Obrestad is a professional poker player from Sandnes, Rogaland in Norway. She was born on the 18th of September in 1988 and at 21 years of age, she has achieved more than many people have in a lifetime. Her biggest claim to fame happened when she was only 18 years old and she officially became the youngest person to win a WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe) Bracelet.
Annette began playing online poker in February 2005 at the age of 15. Since then she has won a total of $2,746,997. When she started out playing, she played without making a deposit, with the username Annette_15, which is how most people in the online poker world know her. The first money that she made was in a freeroll tournament, which opened up her account balance. Since then however, she more than made up for this, making enough money to be able to play in a number of tournaments with buy-ins being over $100. In fact, in the one year that led up to her WSOPE win, she made around $1,000,000 simply by winning poker tournaments at Full Tilt, PokerStars and Ultimate Bet Poker.
Her live poker tournament career started very well, with her getting placed 37 in the Ultimate Bet Aruba Classic, which was shortly after her she turned 18. In the July of 2007, Annette also participated in a No Limit Hold'em Tournament with over 180 participants and won the event without looking at her cards even once. After that, she continued playing a number of land-based tournaments across Europe, which culminated in the year 2007, when she one the WSOPE Championship, which was held for the first time. This event took place in Leicester Square in London and Annette managed to outplay 361 players to emerge with the WSOPE Bracelet for the £10,000 No Limit Main Event.
This victory gave her prize money of £1,000,000, which is over 2 million US Dollars. This made her the record holder for the largest payout received by a female player in a single event. By the age of 19, Annette also managed to become the all-time highest earning poker player from Norway. The list of records that she breaks keeps growing and she even has the respect of a number of professional players, including Annie Duke, who previously held the record for the largest payout received by a female player in a single poker event.
Many professional players see Annette taking poker to new heights, especially given that she has achieved so much by the age of 18. The poker world will be waiting with bated breath as she makes her debut in the World Series of Poker to be held in Las Vegas in the year 2010.