Rumours abound that Elisabeth Hille has parlayed her 11th place finish in the WSOP Main Event into a sponsorship deal with Betfair Poker.
No official announcement has been released as of yet by the world’s largest online betting exchange based in England with its poker site on the Ongame Network, but Hille was indeed seen donning Betfair logos during her deep run in poker’s most prestigious tournament.
Hille’s story sounds a bit like what poker dreams are made of. She is a 26-year-old waitress from Norway who was a recreational poker player and received backing in the $10,000 buy-in Main Event by Harald Olsen, her boyfriend, who himself won $20,700 for finishing 22nd in event #59.
Hille made good on the stake arrangement with her significant other by winning $590,442 and falling just short of the final table in 11th place when her A-Q lost to the pocket 7’s of Andras Koroknai, who will take his seat at the final table in October as the only final tablist not from the U.S. The Hungarian sits in second place with 29,375,000 in chips. Koroknai also eliminated the last woman standing, Gaelle Baumann, who pushed 5.2 million chips into the pot while holding A-9 and was called by Koroknai from the small blind with A-J. Baumann was sent back to France in 10th place when the board arrived Q-Q-3-8-K.
Hille and Baumann were hoping to become the first women to land at the final table in a Main Event in 17 years, a feat accomplished only by poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright. Despite missing out on that accomplishment, Hille has achieved instant fame and joins John Tabatabai, Hans Martin Vogl, and 2008 Main Event champion Peter Eastgate as Betfair Poker’s roster of pros. Hille will apparently serve as poker ambassador for Norway.
“Poker is a very misunderstood game in Norway,” Hille said. “I’d love it if more Norwegian girls got into poker because most of it is all online right now.” Hille began playing poker only four years ago, but the game’s allure captured her from the start. “I fell in love with the game straight away,” she added.