Annette Obrestad

Annette-Obrestad-1024x738Norwegian poker player Annette Obrestad, who turns 31 in 2019, first came to worldwide attention when, in 2007, on the eve of her nineteenth birthday, she won the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event at the Empire Casino, London. Her victory not only made her the youngest person, male or female, to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, but her payout, of $2.01 million, beat the record for the highest prize money paid to a female player for a single event, previously held by Annie Duke.

Otherwise known as ‘The Huntress’ or ‘Annette_15’ – the latter nickname dating from the days when she started playing online freeroll poker tournaments as a 15-year-old – Obrestad has live earnings in excess of $3.94 million. That figure ranks her second on the Norway All Time Money List, behind only Felix Stephenson, and 328th on the All Time Money List. Her WSOP bracelet aside, Obrestad has cashed for six-figure sums on six occasions, including $429,181 for a second-place finish in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in Dublin, also in 2007. Obrestad no longer plays poker, having lost her passion for the game, but has reinvented herself as a ‘beauty guru’ on YouTube.

Pamela Anderson

pamela-anderson-300x225One-time Playboy ‘Playmate of the Month’ Pamela Anderson continues to hit the headlines, for one reason or another, but will probably always be best remembered for her starring role as lifeguard Casey Jean ‘C.J.’ Parker in the television series ‘Baywatch’ in the Nineties. However, as far as gambling is concerned, Anderson started playing Texas hold’em at the height of the poker boom in the Noughties. She was, briefly, involved in online poker, launching PamelaPoker.com, in association with Doyle ‘Texas Dolly’ Brunson, in 2006, but the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, passed less than three months later, but paid to that venture.

In 2007, Anderson reputedly lost $250,000 playing poker with a ‘famous gambler’ on the Las Vegas Strip and paid off the debt with, as she put it, ‘sexual favours’. The gambler in question was believed to have been her long-time friend Rick Salomon, whom she latter married, and divorced, twice; on the second occasion, Anderson filed for divorce just two days after Salomon had won $2.8 million for finishing fourth in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) The Big Drop for One Drop in 2014. Her own poker ‘career’, though, has produced live cash of just $1,239, which she won for finishing fourth in the WSOP Ladies Event at Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2015.