Norwegian online prodigy Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad may only be making her debut at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas this year, but the almost 22-year-old has just scored the ultimate early birthday present from Full Tilt Poker, with the online poker giant announcing her addition to their ever-growing line-up of Full Tilt Pros last Saturday.
It’s hard not to see why – though Obrestad may be young, she’s already amassed credentials worthy of anyone at least twice her age and a “rags-to-riches” story that is the envy of any aspiring poker player.
To date, Obrestad has won over USD $3,000,000 in live tournament prize money, which includes a 21st place finish in the 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event (AUD $50,000), which was surpassed this year when she cashed in two Aussie Millions events – she made the final table of the Main Event, placing in seventh for AUD $175,000, plus another AUD $40,000 when she won the $1100 Pot Limit Omaha event.
She has also had some strong results in European Poker Tour events, including a runner-up finish in the 2007 EPT Dublin Main Event and in both the 2009 EPT London and Monte Carlo Main Events, where she finished 17th (GBP £17,000) and 13th (EUR €77,000) respectively.
Obrestad was also the first player to win the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2007, which gave her the record for the highest payout for any female poker player of all time. It also made her the youngest WSOP bracelet winner ever, at 18 years, 364 days and amazingly, the win was only the fifth time she had placed in a live poker tournament.
Obrestad is also a highly successful online poker player. Having at one stage been ranked the number one online poker player in the world, she claims that she has never had to have made an initial deposit on any online poker site. Obrestad started playing freerolls, winning small amounts of money which she grinded up to what is now believed to be worth millions of dollars, with many five and six-figure cashes and victories.
But arguably her best performance was victory in a $4 180-player sit-and-go tournament online. To demonstrate the importance of playing position at the table, Obrestad covered her hole cards on her monitor and played the entire tournament blind, only looking once when she was all-in. This is perhaps a true testament to Obrestad’s skill as a poker player, which adds to perhaps the smoothest transition from the virtual to live felt ever seen.
Combine all that with her fearlessness and aggression at the tables, it’s plain to see why so many of her peers regard her as one of the best tournament players in the world and all that makes Obrestad worthy of being signed as a Full Tilt Pro. There’ll be plenty of interest when she takes her seat in the 2010 WSOP Main Event – watch this space.
In the meantime, you can learn, chat and play with Annette Obrestad, along with all the other Full Tilt Pros, by logging onto Full Tilt Poker today.
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Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad will represent Full Tilt Poker at her upcoming WSOP debut
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