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Annette Obrestad Joins Team Full Tilt

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Most people in the poker industry have heard of Annette_15. Her screen name made her famous in the online poker world, where she came up into the ranks of solid players in her late teens. But it was her victory at the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe Main Event that put her on the entire poker map. And now, Annette Obrestad is a member of the most elite team of poker players in the world - Team Full Tilt.

The last person to join the team was Tom “durrrr” Dwan in November of 2009, and prior to that was Patrik Antonius. They joined a list that included Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harman, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Phil Gordon, John Juanda, Mike Matusow, Gus Hansen, and Allen Cunningham, and Team Full Tilt was one of the most well-known groupings of poker pros in the world. Obrestad’s addition to the team was a long time coming, as rumors swirled for many months about where the young phenom would end up, but with the May 1st confirmation that it was Full Tilt, no one was surprised that someone so talented would join such an elite team.

Obrestad was born and raised in Norway, always with an eye on her education but also a penchant for competition. She studied the game of bowling but ended up seeing an ad for an online poker website on television and decided to give it a try. From a balance of zero and in the free money games playing as “Annette_15,” she began to play freeroll tournaments in an attempt to build a bankroll, won her first one for $49, and began to consistently move up in levels from there. By her late teenage years, she was known for playing multi-table tournaments and most known for playing - and winning - a 180-player tournament with her hole cards covered during the entire game, simply playing the players in an aggressive game that led her to victory irrelevant of the cards she was dealt. She went on to win such elite tournaments at the $1K Monday event and the Sunday Mulligan on Full Tilt Poker.

At the age of 18, Obrestad decided to take a portion of her bankroll to the live tables. And her fourth event was the 2007 £10K buy-in WSOP Europe Main Event, where she plowed through a solid field of 360-plus players to £1 million and put herself into a category of the top players in the world. Only a month later, she placed second in the EPT Dublin Main Event for nearly €300K, and her career has taken off from there. Included in her recent winnings are a preliminary event win at the 2010 Aussie Millions and a seventh place finish in that series’ Main Event. In total, she has won more than $3 million in live tournaments alone.

Recently turning 21, she has been ready to take on some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, and as the 2010 World Series of Poker approaches, and she plans to compete in many of the tournaments to be held in Las Vegas, specifically the no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha events. And she’ll be proudly displaying the Full Tilt Poker patch through it all.

To play against Obrestad online, get your Full Tilt Poker account now, and use the bonus code “POKERWORKS” to earn a 100% deposit through site play on any deposit of up to $600. Learn, chat, and play with the pros at Full Tilt!

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