Annette_15 wins European poker award

Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad became the youngest player to win the "Tournament Performance of the Year" award at the European Poker Awards in Paris Friday.

Annette Obrestad, a Betfair Poker-sponsored pro, was the first person to win the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. The win also made her the youngest bracelet winner to date at the age of 19. She followed that up with a second-place finish in a European Poker Tour event as well this year.

Her achievement at the WSOPE was recognized as "phenomenal" by Poker Europa Chief Nic Szeremeta who presented the award.

The other nominees in the category were:

  • Bruno Fitoussi (France)
  • Alex Kravchenko (Russia)
  • Carlos Mortensen (Spain)
  • Ram Vaswani (England)

Mortensen and Fitoussi were two of the other favorites to win the award. Mortensen won $3.97 million at a World Poker Tour event his year, while Fitoussi placed second in the 2007 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event for $1.2 million.

"I am so happy to win this award. I prefer this one than rookie of the year because I was up against such great players," Obrestad said.

Obrestad was also nominated for "Leading Lady" and "Rookie of the Year" at the European Poker Awards.

Leading Lady, however, went to Katja Thater, who won a WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas this year as well as making the final table of the Ladies Event and cashing in a third event.

At such a young age, Obrestad has plenty of time to win a few more awards in the future. Despite her success she's still humble about her poker fame and sees room for her own improvement.

"I am still learning so much. There are still a lot of areas of my live game that can improve: my instincts, my ability to know what certain tells mean," she said. "But, I am getting better all the time."

Betfair Director of Poker Bruce Stubbs also extended congratulations to Obrestad for her award.

"She is a pleasure to work with and a special player," he said. "She is also possibly one of the most competitive people I have met. In fact, I suspect she wanted to win all the awards."

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