18 Year Old Annette Obrestad Wins WSOP Europe Main Event

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Youngest WSOP Bracelet Winner Ever!

History was made yesterday at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. Norwegian teenager Annette Obrestad defeated a player field of 362 players to become the youngest winner of a World Series of Poker bracelet and the first female to win a WSOP Main Event. This accomplishment was only possible for Obrestad in the World Series of Poker Europe, as players must be 21 to compete in the WSOP events in Las Vegas.

Annette Obrestad has already made a name for herself in online poker, despite being only eight-teen. In the online world she is known as Annette_15.

With her showing at the WSOPE Main Event she has now earned respect for her live tournament play as well. The final table was a grueling battle that lasted 211 hands, six more than the 2007 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. Annette prevailed after a long heads up battle with runner-up John Tabatabai that lasted almost as long as the entire rest of the final table.

On the final hand, Annette bet out on a flop of 765, Tabatabai raised, Annette pushed all-in, and Tabatabai called all-in, putting his tournament life in danger. Tabatabai flipped 56 for two pair, but Annette held 77 for top set, and Tabatabai’s only hope was for a runner-runner straight to form on the board, forming a split pot. That help did not come, and the tournament was over.

Annette set several new records for a female poker player’s accomplishments, surpassing Annie Duke’s old records. Annie Duke held the record for most WSOP winnings by a female poker player and the record for the largest
tournament prize won by a female poker player. Annie had won slightly more than a million dollars at the WSOP and won a $2 million prize at the 2004 invitation-only WSOP Tournament of Champions. Annette broke these records with her win of £1,000,000, which is $2,013,102. Annette easily surpassed Annie’s money record at the WSOP, and beat her record of largest tournament prize by a smidgen over $13,000.

Here are the nine final table contestants and their prizes:

9th place: James Keys, Bury St. Edmunds, £61,540

8th place: Theo Jorgensen, Denmark, £85,070

7th place: Magnus Persson, Sweden, £114,030

6th place: Dominic Kay, UK, £152,040

5th place: Johannes Korsar, Sweden£191,860

4th place: Oyvind Riisem, Norway, £257,020

3rd place: Matthew McCullough, USA, £381,910

2nd place: John Tabatabai, UK, £570, 150

1st place: Annette Obrestad, Norway, £1,000,000

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