Prior to the 2012 WSOP Main Event, Elisabeth Hille was an unknown waitress in Norway. However, over the two weeks of the event, Hille quickly rose to worldwide fame as she became one of two women remaining with 11 players left. Unfortunately for Hille she fell short of the final table, but her performance still earned her $590,000 and even a sponsorship deal with online poker site Betfair.
Only one woman in history has made the Main Event final table and only two others have finished in 10th place, making Hille’s run truly one for the record books. Prior to the final table in October, Hille was asked about her epic run.
“It was an amazing experience! The days were long and intense but as it was always exciting to watch others play or being involved myself, time went quickly and suddenly I was bagging up chips for the night! Every level brought new challenges and things to consider — table image, stack size, bet size and so on. My brain never got much rest. But this is much of what I love about this game so always very happy to be part of it.”
After her deep run at the World Series of Poker, Hille has turned her attention to the online poker world. Since it is legal for her to play over in Norway, Hille can quickly improve her game in an attempt to be better prepared for next year. When asked in October about future events she wanted to play, she stated that:
“I’ve had a lot of success offline this year, but right now I’m focused on improving my online cash game. With all the good games running on Betfair, I’m getting all the practice I need. My next tournament stop with Team Betfair will be the Prague Poker Festival, where I plan to play the WPT, GSOP and probably some smaller tournaments running in between.”
Since her Main Event run in July, Hille has made the money in two high proile events, including a final table in a bounty event at a BetFair live event shortly before the Main Event final table. She also finished in the money at the WPT Prague event in December.
With a new year upon us, we will now get a chance to see whether Hille’s success at the 2012 WSOP will translate into continued success. If she can show the determination and skill that she showed to make one of the best run by a woman in WSOP Main Event history, she will certainly set the poker world on fire in 2013.