Annette Obrestad Signs With Poker RoyaltyFriday, April 20th, 2012 by Ryan
The name Annette Obrestad has quickly become a household name in the poker world, and this includes both online and on the live poker tournament circuit as well. It seems that the name has just gotten a bit more talked about as well, since the World Series of Poker Europe Champion has officially signed a deal with Poker Royalty. What is Poker Royalty you ask? Well, it is essentially the strongest and most powerful poker representation agency that is out there in the world. The idea behind signing with poker agents is to help players get that extra exposure that they are looking for to get over the top. The addition of Obrestad is a big one for the company, as she is not only one of the most well-known female poker players in the world, but is one of the most all-around well-known players out there.
There haven’t been any specifics in terms of dollar amounts posted between Obrestad and the company, but this means that the company will handle her career regardless of where she is playing at worldwide. This means that she will get set up with different sponsorship deals, licensing deals, and any types of speaking engagements, seminars, and such. Obrestad has been sponsored by sites like Betfair and Full Tilt Poker in the past, but as of this moment she is not sponsored by anyone, meaning that Poker Royalty should be going to work fairly soon to get the deals worked on for her.
The Director of Europe operations of the company, Jim Erwood, stated his excitement about the addition of Obrestad to the team, saying that she is “one of the biggest names in poker and certainly one of the top few females in the world playing the game today.” Obrestad’s achievements definitely can’t be overlooked, as she started her career when she was only fifteen years old, and it began as she would play freerolls to build up her bankroll. After that when she built it up, she proved that her poker play was incredibly strong, as she actually played an entire poker tournament without even looking at her hole cards one time. As soon as Obrestad hit the age of 18 she began playing live poker in different major events.
When playing live events she brought in three small cashes at the European Poker Tour and the Irish Poker Open’s preliminary events, and then went to London to play in the World Series of Poker. This was when her name really exploded into the poker world, as she beat out a field of 362 total players to take down the first place pay day of £1 million, and was also the youngest person to every win a World Series of Poker bracelet, as she was just a few days short of being 19 years old. In total, Obrestad has hauled in a total of over $3.7 million in live tournament earnings, and also has that prestigious gold bracelet as well.
For those who are curious about the other names who are represented by Poker Royalty, you’ll find that they work with popular names like Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and Eugene Katchalov to name a few.