Norwegian poker pro Annette Obrestad is the youngest person to ever win a WSOP bracelet—a feat she accomplished at the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event the day before her 19th birthday.
The 29-year-old—also known as Annette_15 online and The Huntress—currently ranks second on Norway’s All-Time Money List and 285th on the All-Time Money List with just over $3.9 million in total live earnings.
Today, she resides in Las Vegas and was recently named as ambassador to the Venetian poker room in Las Vegas.
Below, check out Annette_15’s top 7 live moments including her epic WSOPE win at number one.
Annette Obrestad’s early poker career
This poker phenomenon began her successful poker career online at the age of 15. As Annette_15, Obrestad made her initial online bankroll by winning freeroll tournaments, thus never having to deposit a single cent.
She was so incredibly good that between September 2006 and February 2007, Obrestad won more than $136,000 on Full Tilt, $200,000 on UltimateBet, and $500,000 on PokerStars.
In July 2007, Obrestad entered a $4 buy-in online sit-and-go tournament where she played nearly the entire tournament without looking at her cards and beat the 180-person field.
In an interview, she admitted looking at her hand only when faced with an all-in bet. She did this to demonstrate the importance of playing one’s position, understanding betting sizing, and being able to read people. Watch Obrestad discuss her incredible success—and how most people recognize her from that accomplishment instead of the WSOPE.
In 2007, Annette_15 was ranked number one by PocketFives. Her highly aggressive and fearless style has translated quite well from online rooms to live play.
Success at the WSOP
While still only 18 years of age—too young to play live poker in the U.S.—Annette Obrestad won the inaugural WSOPE Main Event in London, England, and took home the £1 million prize ($2.01 million at that time), thus setting the record for a single payout to a female poker player.
Prior to this achievement, Obrestad had only cashed in four other live tournaments. Impressively, her prize just edged out Annie Duke’s $2 million first prize at the 2004 Tournament of Champions.
In 2013, Obrestad placed 89th in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, winning $71,053.
Annette Obrestad in Action: 7 of Her Top Moments
Obrestad is, obviously, not a timid player. After all, who else would have the guts to play virtually an entire tournament blind?
Here are seven hands that demonstrate her incredible ability to play position, read her opponents, make some spectacular lay-downs, and demonstrate some truly impressive aggression.
7. The Huntress shows her moxie
Here, Annette Obrestad shows her gumption by calling—and winning a nice pot—with only ace high.
6. Obrestad bluffs Sam Trickett
Here’s a nice little aggressive bluff by Obrestad versus high stakes English pro Sam Trickett.
5. Obrestad’s hero fold versus Justin Smith
In this hand, Obrestad makes a great read on her opponent and impressively—and correctly—lays down her queen-high flush. But ouch!
4. Another stellar hero fold
Here, at the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Annette Obrestad makes another tremendous lay down against Sean Steffens.
3. Obrestad puts the Poker Brat in his place
The very first hand of the match between Obrestad and Phil Hellmuth at the 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship starts with Obrestad outdrawing Hellmuth and giving him a taste of his own smack-talking medicine.
2. Annette bests Hellmuth again
Who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to bust Phil Hellmuth out of a tournament? In the last hand of the Obrestad-Hellmuth 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship match, Obrestad has the pleasure of listening to a patented Poker Brat diatribe as he makes an ego call and loses.
1. Obrestad wins the 2007 WSOPE Main Event
Come on, you knew this would be her top moment. Here are the final two hands of the tournament versus John Tabatabai and Obrestad’s epic and unprecedented win.
Until next time.
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Natalie Faulk is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer and blogger and the author of several books. She is an avid low-stakes (for now) poker player and huge Vegas Golden Knights fan.