Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad was born in Sandnes Norway on the 18 September 1988. She is a Norwegian professional Poker player fondly known as “the Huntress.” She was an online poker legend well before she performed her no-look challenge where Obrestad took the game to new heights when she played an entire poker tournament without looking at her cards.

Obrestad began playing at internet poker rooms at the age of 15 and won her bankrolls through FreeRolls as they were her only option then as her mother would not allow her to use her credit card to make deposits.

Obrestad’s Professional Gambling Career

Annette Obrestad became the youngest player to earn a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in 2007 one day shy of her 19th birthday. She landed up walking away with winnings of £1 million in the WSOP Europe Main Event. She continued on this winning streak and finished in second place at the 2007 PokerStars European Poker Tour Dublin Main Event.

Over the years her success has gained her many sponsorships from Full Tilt Poker, Betfair and Lock Poker. The backing with Lock Poker was a disaster as they shut down and never reimbursed the players.

Obrestad is the second-highest female earner in an all-time ranking of winnings made by women in poker tournaments. However, these days, she spends a lot less time at the poker tables or tolling online and focuses on her YouTube channel.

Where is she today?

Obrestad is now married and living in the gambling hub of the world Las Vegas and solely focused on her YouTube Channel. She offered some excellent advice “I cut my losses and moved on “, and this is a mantra many gamblers should pay attention to, especially when on a losing streak.

She maintains her title of the youngest person ever to win a WSOP bracelet.

Amarillo Slim

Amarillo Slim Amarillo Slim

Introduction

Thomas Austin Preston Jr born on the 31ST December 1928 and known as Amarillo Slim was a professional American Gambler. Amarillo Slim was a colourful man and known for his Poker skills, huge Stetson hat and witty remarks during gameplay.

Amarillo Slims Gambling Career.

Amarillo Slim rose to fame in 1970 with the advent of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas and featured his favourite game Texas Hold’em. Over the years he won millions and even played Poker with former US Presidents Lyndon B Johnson and Richard Nixon and the notorious Columbian drug Lord Pablo Escobar.

He even won $300 000 in dominoes when he beat the famous country singer Willie Nelson. This colourful and non-conventional gambler also claimed a victory in a table tennis match using frying pans and Coke bottles as paddles. Larry Flynt, an adult magazine publisher, met his match and lost $2 000 000 in a Poker Game against Amarillo Slim who has always claimed the trick to winning is knowing the odds.

In 1992 Amarillo Slim was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame and continued to compete in tournaments throughout the world. He also appeared in a movie called All in: The Poker Movie released in 2012, the year this five-time Poker World Series winner passed away at the age of 83.

Wrapping it Up

Amarillo Slim was a legend and is recognized as the best gambler that ever lived. His gambling career extended beyond Poker and, he won bets not only in pool halls but rivers, jail cells and golf courses. He insisted he was not a compulsive gambler but a professional. In a book, he published he wrote the following “You see neighbour I never go looking for a sucker. I look for a champion and make a sucker out of him.”

King Charles II

King Charles II King Charles II

King Charles II was considered a gambling man, not only in card games but in the moves he made to restore the English Monarchy. Born on the 29 May 1630 and referred to as the “Merry King’. In 1679 Charles II dissolved Parliament as he was tired of conflict and ruled alone for his remaining years and his years of reign in English history are known as the Restoration period.

This beguiling Ruler had his childhood ripped away from him by the Civil War, and the execution of his father in 1649 shattered his world.

King Charles II Favourite Form of Gambling

King Charles II considered himself a somewhat professional Jockey. He was obsessed with sport and placing bets on horse racing. He even built a palace for his convenience at Newmarket, the racecourse he frequented. Today Newmarket is considered the headquarters of British Horseracing and hosts two of England’s five Classic Races, the 1000 and the 2000 Guineas.

Gambling was so popular amongst British Royalty that King Charles II and many other Monarchs had their own personal croupier named Sir Thomas Neale. He provided royalty with cards, dice and would oversee the bets and payouts between Kings and their subjects. He also found opponents for the King that were more than willing to lose, which kept The King happy and entertained continuously.

Gambling during this era:

The aristocracy believed gambling set a bad precedent and did not want the lower class to come into wealth. Particularly not via this channel and King Charles II shut down all gambling dens throughout London. Furthermore, he ensured the commoners had no access to any form of gambling. The Monarchy also thought such activities disrupted society and distracted them from working. Only members of the Royal Court were allowed to gamble.