Annette Obrestad Signs with Agent

April 22, 2012

One of the most influential poker representation agents, Poker Royalty, has signed one of the most successful female names in poker, Annette Obrestad. Typically, poker professionals take up residency with an online poker brand without the help of a third-party management company, but Obrestad has decided to take a different route.

In this freshly penned deal, Poker Royalty will take over worldwide management of Obrestad’s career, though dollar amounts have not been mentioned. Poker Royalty will market the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe champion to potential online poker sponsorship deals. In the past, she has been sponsored by Full Tilt and Betfair, but is currently un-sponsored. The agency will also represent Obrestad in licensing deals as well as market her for speaking opportunities.

Obrestad announced the official deal in London and stated, “I am thrilled to announce I am officially signed to Poker Royalty. I have known about the company for a few years and know their positive reputation in the business is well deserved. I am relying on them to help me advance my poker career to the next level.”

An excited Jim Erwood, director of Poker Royalty European operations, says, “Annette is without question one of the biggest names in poker and certainly one of the top few females in the world playing the game today. Poker Royalty is extremely proud and delighted to announce Annette’s signing and is looking forward to helping her cement her reputation in the game.”

Now 23, Obrestad began playing poker at 15 and has had quite a career over the past eight years. She started out online playing freerolls and built up a bankroll. She played an entire tournament without ever looking at her hole cards. The highly aggressive player finally broke out on the live tournament circuit when she turned 18.

She had a few small cashes in the EPT and the Irish Poker Open prelims and then made her way to London where she became the youngest player to win a WSOP bracelet, winning a £1 million first place. And the rest is history. Obrestad has more than $3.7 million in career winnings, putting her in the fourth all-time money winner spot for female poker players behind Kathy Liebert, Vanessa Selbst, and Annie Duke, of course.

In light of the last year in online poker, Poker Royalty is looking more and more in the European poker community for clients. They currently represent former world champion Carlos Mortenson, Eugene Katchalov, and Gus Hansen, among others, but Obrestad is the first high-profile female European player to sign with the company which has been successful since their emergence into the poker community in 2003.


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