Poker prodigy signs with Betfair


RIP Brian
Feb 22, 2001

Young WSOP star has an exciting future

One of the young gun players who sprang into sharp focus at this year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas was Norwegian poker prodigy Annette Obrestad, an almost nineteen year old Internet player who has been making online poker waves under the handle "Annette 15."

At the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe currently running in London she has continued to impress, and this week the Betfair group which organises the European spectacular announced that it had signed Obrestad up as a poker ambassador.

Betfair was quick off the mark in securing this impressive young talent - Annette is currently one of the top ranked online poker players in the world, with both youth and looks on her side.

Commenting on her new role for Betfair, Obrestad said: I am very happy that we reached an agreement, and I am happy it was Betfair. Their management and poker client are both something I really like. I am looking forward to being a good ambassador for them, and can focus on getting good results.

Betfairs Frode Helland said the company was delighted to have signed up such a promising young player: "In our opinion, she is one of the worlds best online tournament players, and we are sure that she will have great success playing live, as well over the Internet.


RIP Brian
Feb 22, 2001
Obrestad wins WSOP Europe


Talented 18 year old wins a million in London

Norwegian player Annette Obrestad became the youngest bracelet winner in World Series of Poker history early Monday this week by conquering the Main Event at the first annual WSOP Europe presented by

The 18-year-old online poker prodigy from Norway outlasted the strongest field in European poker history at the tough, five-day GBP 10 000 buy-in no-limit holdem event in Londons Leicester Square.

I never expected to win, said the composed Oberstad, who turns 19 in just one day. Im speechless. I really dont know what to say.

In the end, the Europeans dominated here, said WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. This is the start of a new tradition for the World Series of Poker and the European and global poker communities.

Annette who is better known by her online alias "Annette_15" and is an accomplished Internet player has also agreed a sponsorship deal with (see previous InfoPowa report) which means she will be a constant presence on the live tournament circuit.

This might be a cause of some dismay to many of the top pros that she knocked out in this tournament, said Betfairs Head of Poker Ben Fried. She is a fearsome poker player and commands great respect at the table. It is fantastic to have her as a member of Team Betfair.

Her victory over 22-year-old John Tabatabai of London came during a ternse heads-up when her three sevens beat his two pair.

Obrestad won the GBP 1 million, or $2 013 102, first-place prize and the most coveted prize in gaming, a World Series of Poker bracelet. Tabatabai earned GBP 570 150, or $1 147 770, for second place.

With her performance, Oberstads payday broke two records held by poker pro Annie Duke. The first was Dukes one-day-old record as the first woman to exceed $1 million in official WSOP winnings, thanks to her 21st place finish in the WSOP Europe Main Event. Dukes GBP 30 770, or $61 943, payday saw her edge just over the $1 million earnings mark. Duke also held the single-event record win for a woman with her $2 million winner-take-all victory in the 2004 Tournament of Champions staged by Harrahs Entertainment.

The worlds top-ranked professionals journeyed to London this month for a chance to make poker history by winning the first three WSOP bracelets ever awarded outside the United States. But the ambitions of Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and scores of other poker aces were stifled, as Europes cadre of young poker players most of whose playing experience was gained online performed exceptionally well. Average age at the final table was 25.

Matthew McCullough, the last remaining American in the Main Event, finished third after going all in with top pair on the flop. The hopes of the 33-year-old New Jersey resident for a WSOP bracelet were dashed when John Tabatabai, who called with middle pair, matched his ace kicker for two pair that eliminated the full-time anaesthetist. McCullough collected GBP 381 910 for third place.

Norwegian Oyvind Riisen (22) won GBP 257 020 for finishing fourth, and Johannes Korsar (20) of Uppsala, Sweden took home a paycheck worth GBP 191 860 for fifth place.

Dominic Kay (30) from London, finished sixth to earn GBP 152 040, while 24-year-old Magnus Persson of Gothenburg, Sweden, received GBP 114 030 for seventh place. Copenhagens Theo Jorgensen, at age 35 the oldest player at the final table, won GBP 85 070 for his eighth-place finish.

Final-table play got under way at 2:30 p.m. GMT at The Casino at The Empire in Leicester Square. A few moments later, 21-year-old Londoner James Keys, who began the day with the lowest chip stack, was eliminated. He collected GBP 61 540 for his efforts.

The 10th through 36th place finishers received from GBP 41 630 to GBP 27 150, depending on their final position. The total prize pool for the Main Event was GBP 3 676 990.

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