Aug 21, 2012
WSOP Star Elisabeth Hille signs with Betfair Poker
By RTR Dennis
Just one month ago, Elisabeth Hille was living a typical life as a waitress in Norway. However, Hille’s life is anything but typical now after an excellent run through the 2012 WSOP Main Event that saw her finish 11th place and earn $590,442. Hille has also recently signed a deal with Betfair Poker, and so looks set to be one of poker's next big stars.
What a Great Boyfriend
Following a 22nd place finish in the WSOP Event #59 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament ($20,499), Elisabeth's boyfriend Harald Olsen gave half of his winnings to Hille. Olsen, who also plays at Betfair, wanted to see how his girlfriend would do in the $10k buy-in Main Event, and so decided to give her the money. When looking at Hille’s $590k cash, Olsen’s decision was definitely a good one since he received 50% of the winnings for staking her!
Elisabeth Hille finds herself in good company with her recent signing to Betfair, and she’ll be joining the following Team Betfair pros:
- Peter Eastgate – Eastgate is the most notable Betfair pro since he won the 2008 Main Event along with $9,152,416. The Dane has also won a 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure side event ($343k) and finished runner-up in the 2009 EPT London Main Event ($844k). Overall, Eastgate has managed to earn $11,127,554 in live poker tournaments.
- Hans Vogl – Vogl first landed on the poker radar when he finished fifth in the 2007 Aussie Millions ($318,112). Since that time, the German has made a very good living as an online poker pro.
- John Tabatabai – Wales native John Tabatabai is best known for finishing second in the 2007 WSOPE Main Event ($1,148,130) to Annette Obrestad. In all he’s earned $1,489,400 in live tourney winnings.
Although there are plenty of online poker players in Norway, the general Norwegian population doesn’t have a strong understanding of the game. Hille explained this, saying: “Poker is a very misunderstood game in Norway. I’d love it if more Norwegian girls got into poker because most of it is all online right now. I fell in love with the game straight away.” Now, with her recent WSOP win and Betfair Poker sponsorship, Elisabeth Hille will be able to play a key role in inspiring more Norwegian women to play poker.
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