Annette Obrestad is a FullTilt poker sponsored European professional, hailing from Sandnes in Norway. Known for her big tournament finishes and the ability to play any two card starting hands, Annette has quickly grown to become one of the most feared and respected online and live tournament players.
Beginning her poker career at the tender age of 15, Annette is a true rag to riches story. Playing at Poker Stars and other sites under the now famous screen name “Annette_15”, Obrestad started out in freerolls online, claiming to have never made an online poker deposit. Using the money won from freerolls, Obrestad made the progression into buy-in tournaments and before long had amassed a bankroll that would allow her to buy into $100+ online tournaments.
While Obrestad was becoming something of an online phenomenon, her live poker career was being held back due to reasons beyond her control. Until her birthday in 2009, she was unable to compete in events in Las Vegas, due to the higher age restrictions in the Nevada casinos. In 2007, when the World Series of Poker decided to go to Europe for the first time, Annette pounced on the opportunity. At the age of 18, she took out the inaugural WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe) Main Event, along with the one million pound first place prize. At the time, this was recorded as the highest single event payout to a female player in the history of poker and also made Obrestad the youngest winner of a WSOPE bracelet. Obrestad proved this win wasn’t a fluke a month later when she finished second in the European Poker Tour Dublin Event, claiming over $400K in prize-money and further supporting claims that she may be the greatest female professional in the world.
Annette has since had numerous online and live tournament successes. Obrestad has won many of the well known online high payout tournaments, including; the Stars Sunday Hundred Grand (PokerStars), The Betfair Sunday $125K Gtd, the Ultimate Bet $100K Gtd and Absolute Poker $100K Gtd.
In 2009 Annette took her first look at the Aussie Millions Main Event (Melbourne, Australia), finishing in 21st place. Returning for the 2010 series, Obrestad improved on 2009 with a final table 7th placed finish in the Main Event, winning the $1000 Pot Limit Omaha title along the way.
Annette Obrestad is currently ranked on top of the money earners list for Norwegian players in live poker earnings. It remains to be seen whether Obrestad will be the greatest female player of all time but one thing is for sure, she has a long and exciting career ahead of her that the poker world will be following.