About Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad
Name Annette Obrestad
Born Sep. 18, 1988
Birth Place Sandnes , NO

Annette Obrestad is a nice, quiet, unassuming girl - until you meet her at the poker table.

Known as Annette_15 online, Obrestad has played thousands upon thousands of hands online. While doing so she developed a highly effective poker game that is reminiscent of that of other famously aggressive Scandinavians. In 2007 Obrestad shook the poker world by winning the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. By doing so, Obrestad broke several records, including youngest player ever to win a bracelet and largest single-event payout to a female.

Obrestad grew up in the small Norwegian town of Sandness. She was only 15 years old when a friend shipped her some money on an online poker site. The idea of a 15-year-old playing poker online created controversy and is exactly why many governments have attempted to ban online poker. It's worth noting that Obrestad never actually deposited any of her own money.

After winning a few freerolls and slowly moving up the online poker ranks Obrestad got good. Really good. She was so good, in fact, that she didn't even need to see hole cards. During one legendary online tournament Obrestad put tape over her computer monitor so she couldn't see her own hand. By using superior bluffing techniques and reading her opponents perfectly she outlasted 180 opponents and went on to win the tournament.

By 2006 Obrestad had elevated her online game so high that she was dominating the online world. She won countless $100 buy-in tournaments on both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, garnering around $10,000 to $20,000 for every victory. Annette_15 had built her bankroll to such a size that she could afford to compete at the highest levels.

Having conquered the online world, it seemed only natural that Obrestad would turn her attention to live play, given that some of the most lucrative poker tournaments are of course the live ones.

Despite some minor cashes in some EPT events and a good showing at the Aruba Classic, Obrestad didn't really capture the attention of the mainstream poker media at first.

Because of her age Obrestad couldn't go to Las Vegas and compete in the World Series of Poker, but when it was announced the WSOP was coming to Europe, she was probably one of the first players in line.

Although Obrestad made an appearance in the Pot-Limit Omaha event it was during the Main Event that she began to find her game. Obrestad ironically eliminated two of the top female players in Annie Duke and Jennifer Harman on Day 3 of the tournament. She was just getting started, however, and by the end of the day Annette_15 was one of the top five chip leaders. The next day she had some ups and downs but she made it to the final table in the middle of the pack.

Through calculated play and a couple risky moves Obrestad made it to heads-up play against Londoner John Tabatabai. After several hours of play that went back and forth, Obrestad took a commanding lead. The final hand of the day, one that Obrestad will likely remember forever, saw her dealt pocket sevens against Tabatabai's #6d-#5c. The flop went #7c-#6c-#5h and Obrestad thought for a minute and then pushed all-in. Tabatabai made the call but was shocked to find his two pair bested by Obrestad's set of sevens. The board finished #2c-#Qh and Annette_15's place in poker history was secured. At only 18 years old (her birthday was the day after the Main Event) Obrestad had won one of the most prestigious poker tournaments ever held in Europe.

Obrestad won £1 million ($2.01 million) for her victory, which was the best ever for a female player in a single event (she narrowly beat out Annie Duke, who scored $2 million for winning the Tournament of Champions). Ironically organizers had marketed the event with the tagline, "Who will be the King of Europe?" Needless to say, they had to change their tune when it was in fact a Queen, not a King, who won the prestigious poker tournament.

A number of poker professionals who were at the WSOPE, including Kirk Morrison and Daniel Negreanu, touted her performance as one of the most impressive they had ever seen.

Shortly after the WSOPE Obrestad was signed by Betfair Poker, and she continued to frequent online tournaments. She also began to make the rounds in European live tournaments and other bigger-buy-in events that allow players under 21 to compete.

Of course the one tournament series Obrestad has her eye on is the WSOP in Las Vegas. Unfortunately because of her age it will be a while yet before she is allowed to compete but when she does get there, she will already have won more money in poker than most players make in a lifetime.

Trivia


  • Youngest player ever to win a WSOP bracelet
  • Renowned online player
  • Once won a 180-player online sit-and-go without looking at her hole cards
  • Won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event
  • Owns the record for highest single-event payout to a female player ($2.01 million)