Annette Obrestad, the soon to be 19 year old Norwegian, is not your typical girl. While other 19-year-old girls are doing…well, what most 19 year olds will do, Miss Obrestad is taking the poker world by storm.
Annette_15, as she is famously known by in the online circuit, has taken home the $1 million pound first prize at the WSOP in London’s Leicester Square. To win the top prize, Obrestad beat 22 year old John Tabatabai’s two pairs with her three sevens.
As the newest and youngest winner in World Series of Poker history, Obrestad is quoted saying, “I never expected to win. I’m speechless.” And she should be. After all, this was her first World Series and just last month she earned a winning of $500,000 in an online tournament. And I imagine that more doors will open to Obrestad in a few years when she can compete in the U.S., which has the legal minimum age set to 21.
And to top off everything else happening for this amazing young talent, the largest Internet gambling site in the U.K., Betfair.com, has offered Obrestad a five-year endorsement contract. Obrestad has accepted the deal, and although specific terms are not being disclosed to the public for privacy concerns, this does guarantee her a spot on the tournament circuit.
With the gambling industry being worth an incredible $12 billion annually, there is a lot more out there for Obrestad to grab. I can assure you this is not the last with will be hearing from Annette Obrestad, a.k.a. Annette_15.