Children in the 21st century are capable of much more than what you and I can even think of! One such story is of a prodigy, Annette Obrestad. She is now a Youtuber, who started playing online poker at a very young age and in 2007 she won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event when she was 18 years old.
By winning the first prize of $2.01 million at the event she made heads turn as she became the first female player to get a single-event payout. Sometime in 2005-2006, Obrestad registered under the online screen-name ‘Annette_15’ and as of 2020, her total live tournament winnings exceeded $3.9 million.
Prior to the 2007 WSOPE, Obrestad had only cashed in four other live poker tournaments. Obrestad currently holds second place among Norwegian poker players in the all-time money list in live tournaments. She came close to winning her second major live title in November 2007, finishing in second place earning €297,800 ($431,184) at the 2007 European Poker Tour Dublin event. Here’s a snippet from the time when our little champion made it big at the WSOP ME:
Between September 2006 and February 2007, she won over $500,000 on Pokerstars, $200,000 on UltimateBet, and $136,000 on Full Tilt Poker. In 2008, she won first place and $20,000 in the Stars Sunday Hundred Grand, a tournament with a buy-in of only $11 but with a field of 20,000 players and she also won the first place and $35,000 in the Betfair Sunday $125k GTD Event.
In December 2008 she won first place in the Ultimate Bet $100k GTD tournament. As much as she is known amongst poker players for her career, she then went onto become a Youtuber, specifically a make-up blogger. Here’s a video by Obrestad talking about how her journey has been till now :
The poker player claims that she never had to deposit money on any online poker site, instead she made her initial online bankroll itself by winning freeroll poker tournaments. While playing in 2007, during an online sit-and-go tournament, she claims to have played almost the entire tournament without looking at her cards. She has said she peeked at her cards once during the tournament, when she was faced with an all-in bet. She did this to show “just how important it is to play position and to pay attention to the players at the table.”