Annette “Annette_15″ Obrestad Now 21, To Play in World Series of PokerTweet Share
A young woman, probably wearing sun glasses as she plays, will join the many accomplished professionals vying for money, bracelets, and a spot at the World Series of Poker Final Table in November. Norwegian Annette Obrestad has just turned twenty-one in September of last year, so she is now legally allowed to enter the Rio Casino, place bets, and even play in the World Series of Poker. With all the talent coming to the tables at WSOP 2010, one might be inclined to feel a little concerned for such a young women coming to swim with the sharks, so to speak, in the World Series of Poker.
No one needs to worry for her, however, because behind those sunglasses will be the 2007 winner of the first World Series of Poker Europe Main Event! Usually the winner of such an event gets to go to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker, but that doesn’t work if you are just 18! Since it is not legal to gamble in a Las Vegas casino until you are 21 years of age, the all time female leader in single tournament winnings with $2,000,001, has had to wait for more than two years to play in poker’s main event with her peers.
Annette started playing online poker at age 15; because of Nevada gaming laws, she has not been able to play in Vegas until this year. In the meantime, however, the Norwegian pro has been making a name for herself playing online and in European tournaments. She is the all-time money winner among Norwegian players.
So, when you see a young woman with big sun glasses playing with the likes of Phil Ivey, Joe Cada and Doyle Brunson; don’t feel overly concerned. Annette “Annette_15” just had to wait for her 21st birthday to join in poker’s biggest game, the WSOP, at the Rio in Las Vegas.