The European Poker Awards were held in Paris this week where the “Tournament Performance of the Year” Award was presented to 19 year old Annette Obrestad.
Poker Europa Chief Nic Szeremeta, presented the award to Annette and said, “Her achievement at the World Series of Poker Europe, was phenomenal.”
Annette bested some of the toughest poker players in the world to win more than $2 million in the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) main event this year. Just two months later, she barely missed another 1st place finish at the European Poker Tour in Dublin. In that event she had to settle for second place and an impressive $429,181 win.
Annette was also nominated in two other categories, “Leading Lady” and “Rookie of the Year”. The “Leading Lady” award was won by WSOPE bracelet owner Katja Thater.
Other nominees for the Tournament Performance of the Year award were; Carlos Mortensen who won almost $4 million at the WPT in Vegas, and Bruno Fitoussi who took home $1.2 million for second place in the WSOP HORSE event.
Annette, who rocketed to poker stardom after her WSOPE win, started her poker career by playing online, where she plays as “annette15.” Commenting on her new award she said, “I am so happy to win this award. I prefer this one than rookie of the year because I was up against such great players. I am still learning so much. There are still a lot of areas of my live game that can improve. My instincts, my ability to know what certain tells mean. But I am getting better all the time.”
Betfair now sponsors Annette, in a five year deal inked after her amazing WSOPE performance. Needless to say, Betfair is very proud of their prodigy becoming the youngest player ever to win this prestigious award.
Bruce Stubbs who is Betfair’s newly appointed Director of Poker said: “Congratulations to Annette. She is a pleasure to work with and a special player. She is also possibly one of the most competitive people I have met. In fact I suspect she wanted to win all the awards.”
In honor of Annette’s achievements, Betfair Poker has dedicated special $212 freezeout tournaments to her, which are held every Tuesday and Friday.