The Top 4 Norwegian Poker Stars

The Nordic nations have a rich history of producing some of the worlds biggest poker stars. Swedens Martin Jacobsen, Finlands Patrik Antonius, Denmarks Peter Eastgate and Gus Hansen and countless others have all left their considerable mark on the game, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in career earnings over their careers.

However, when we think of the Nordic players, we often forget that Norway has a rich and diverse history of producing incredibly talented poker players – players who’ve operated at the very top of the game. But who are the top four Norwegian live poker players as of April 2019? Join us as we run down the list.

Felix Vincent Stephensen - $5,847,108

Sitting at the very top of the all-time Norway top earners list, Felix “FallAtYourFeet” Stephensen has made an incredible $5,847,108 in career earnings to date.

What’s most remarkable is the fact that his biggest payday game in only his third competitive event, the 2017 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas. There, he finished as runner up to Sweden’s Martin Jacobson to take home a cool $5,147,911 in prize money.

Big wins have proven elusive since, although he most recently won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2019 event in January.

Annette Obrestad - $3,942,233

Sitting pretty in second on the all-time Norway top earners list is Annette ‘Annette_15’ Obrestad, who shot to fame as she cleaned up in the 2007 World Series of Poker event in London, finishing first for a prize total of $2,013,733 and becoming the youngest person to ever win a WSOP bracelet in the process at just 18 years old.

Paydays have been a regular occurrence since for this richly talented woman, who has competed in 72 live events to date. With a huge proliferation of Norwegian-language poker and online casino websites springing up to serve a growing audience of online poker players, we expect to see many more women join Annette in the years to come. Having been spoiled for choice, users often use dedicated poker and casino review sites for more information on choosing the best online provider.

Thor Hansen - $2,949,644

A true legend of the game, Thor Hansen proved that he has legitimate staying power. Born in 1947, Hansen had been competing in live poker tournaments since 1987, racking up 189 live cashes before he passed away on December 5, 2018.

His loss was a tremendous one to the sport, where he was known for his personal kindness and generosity to the community.

Johnny Lodden - $2,835,282

The man behind the online alias ‘bad_ip’, which won millions in untracked cash games online, Johnny Lodden was once the most successful online winner in the world. Since moving to live poker, he has nevertheless impressed on the big stage.

Sitting fourth in the all-time Norwegian poker earnings with $2,835,282 in the bank, Lodden has been competing since 2004 when he appeared at the 2004 St Maarten Open, coming in first and collecting a cheque for $26,430 to begin his live poker journey.

Of course, these are just the top four of a list which includes a remarkable 4,534 players – not bad for a country of just 5.258 million. With 15 players with career earnings over $1m, Norway is the 19th most successful poker nation on earth, besting countries many times its size. Not bad, ey?

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