Pokercast Episode 90 - British Invasion with Annette Obrestad, Joe Sebok & Jeffrey Pollack
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - The Two Plus Two Pokercast crew has invaded London to bring you an epic show from the floor of The Casino at The Empire during the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. The feature guest for this special episode is online tournament phenom and youngest ever WSOP bracelet winner Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad. Annette joins Mike and Adam just before day two action got underway to talk about her massive win in 2007 and the infamous 180 player tournament where she claims to have played almost the entire tournament without looking at her cards. Joe Sebok also sits down with the guys and answers some tough questions to help shed some light on his controversial sposorship deal. World Series of Poker Commisoner Jeffrey Pollack is also featured on the program this week to discuss this years European event, several other WSOP and Harrah's issues and Phil Hellmuths' annoying tournament arrivals. Mike and Adam also discuss forum static and of course gives away the password for the October 4th Poker Stars VIP Club Invitational for Pokercast listeners. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
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Annette Obrestad is a professional poker player from Sandnes, Norway. Born September 18, 1988, she is the youngest person to ever win a WSOP bracelet, winning the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event one day shy of her 19th birthday.
Obrestad is known by her online screen name, “Annette_15”, a username chosen as a nod to her young age (15) when she began playing online. Annette boasts some legendary online accomplishments, claiming to have never made a deposit. Instead, she built her online bankroll purely from winning freeroll tournaments. Another tale of Obrestad’s fame comes from her winning a 180 player online tournament without seeing her hole cards.
According to Hendon Mob, Annette’s live earnings exceed $3.1 million, a number likely to soar now that she has reached aged 21 and is able to play in North American live events.
Previously with Betfair Poker, in 2010 Annette became a Full Tilt sponsored pro. Learn more about Annette Obrestad
Jeffrey Pollack formerly held the position World Series of Poker Commissioner and Vice President of Sports and Entertainment marketing for Harrah’s. Pollack holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University, two master’s degrees in political management and sports management, and has completed the Advanced Management Program from Harvard University.
Pollack joined Harrah’s in 2005, hiring him as Vice President of Marketing and promoted him to WSOP Commissioner in 2006. In November of 2009, Pollack announced his resignation as WSOP Commissioner and has since gone on to become CEO for Professional Bull Riding.
During his tenure as WSOP commissioner, Pollack introduced the format for the 2005 Tournament of Champions and will is remembered for his aggressive marketing campaigns, sponsorship deals, and corporate partnerships with major media, food, and beverage companies.
Jeffrey’s half brother is Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the National Hockey League. Pollack lives in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Learn more about Jeffrey Pollack
Joe Sebok, born March 25th, 1977 is a professional poker player and commentator from San Francisco, CA. He co-founded PokerRoad – a poker media outlet with his stepfather (and fellow poker pro) Barry Greenstein.
Joe began his professional poker career in 2005. According to Hendon Mob, he has earned over $1.8 million in live tournament earnings – including 2 WPT final table “bubbles” (7th place), earning him the nickname “Seventh-Bok.”
Joe co-hosted the Fox Broadcasting program Poker2Nite, is sponsored by UltimateBet.com and co-hosts the Poker Road Radio podcast. Learn more about Joe Sebok