Monday, July 12, 2010
At the age of 15, the Norwegian Annette Obrestad entered a free online tournament, which she won. Now having real cash, she won lots more online tournaments - hundreds of thousands, if not millions before turning 18. At 18, she won the European WSOP Main Event. Just turned 21 and finally was allowed to play in Vegas. Although she didn't do well in this year's WSOP, she has enough money to keep her in herring for the rest of her life. And she didn't invest a dime in her poker career.
Scrumptious little Italian Dario Minieri won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 at the age of 23. He also got a Porsche with his 3 million player points on PokerStars - he must have not left the house in years.
Joe Cada won last year's Main Event at age 21 - around $8 million. Although he had backers - had to give them half - still it's a lot more than his father, a laid-off Detroit car worker, ever made.