Norwegian Teenager Annette Obrestad Wins WSOP-Europe Main Event

by Lou on September 17, 2007

Norwegian teen-aged sensation and online poker legend Annette Obrestad—better known as Annette_15, her online alias—became the youngest bracelet winner in World Series of Poker history when she won the Main Event at the first annual WSOP Europe.

Obrestad outlasted a very strong field at the five-day £10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event in London’s Leicester Square.

“I never expected to win,” said Obrestad, who turns 19 in just one day. “I’m speechless. I really don’t know what to say.” Her victory over 22-year-old John Tabatabai of London came when her three sevens beat his two pair.

Obrestad won the £1 million, or $2,013,102, first-place prize and a World Series of Poker bracelet. Tabatabai earned £570,150, or $1,147,770, for second place. 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 ended when John Tabatabai, who called with middle pair, matched his ace kicker for two pair that put the full-time anaesthetist to sleep. McCullough collected £381,910 for third place.

The total prize pool for the Main Event was £3,676,990.

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