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BRM-EXCLUSIVE:: Interview With Sofia Lövgren

Tags: 888poker, BRM EXCLUSIVE, Sofia Lövgren.
Posted on 10 August 2015 by "T".

Sofia Lövgren is a 24-year-old poker professional from Gothenburg, Sweden and an Ambassador for 888poker. Although she mainly plays cash games, she has also achieved an impressive live tournament record, including six WSOP cashes and deep runs in the Irish Open, EPT San Remo ME, WPT Cyprus ME and EPT London High Roller. According to Hendon Mob, she has earned $167,976 playing live tournaments.

We have heard that you started out, before turning 18, playing freerolls online to build a 5-digit bankroll before losing it all. Please tell us about your poker journey - from novice to becoming a full-time poker professional. 

I started to play after my brother showed me online poker when I was 16. It looked fun and when I understood it was possible to win money in free roll tournaments, I loved it and played nearly every day after school.

My parents forbid me to play with real money so I had to start with free rolls. I won several 30-cent prizes in free-roll tournaments. When I had $2.00, I started to play the lowest micro-level cash games and built a bankroll from that. After a year and a half, I had a little bankroll of $4,000 and played NL$50 constantly winning. Then one black day in 2008 this site closed down after a cheating scandal, and I lost everything but $50 that I had on another site. I remember clearly how frustrated I was.

I had just turned 18 and heard about PKR so I transferred my last $50 there and started all over again, this time with two buy-ins on NL$25. I played full ring, the game was very soft and I continued winning also after climbing up the stakes.

After that I played using strict bankroll management, put in a lot of hours and after another year, I had $60,000 in my bankroll. This was encouraging and I decided to try playing poker full time after finishing high school. A year later grinding mid-stake cash games, PKR noticed my winnings, contacted me and I was given the opportunity to be a Team Pro in 2010. I was with PKR for four years and 2014 I signed as an Ambassador for 888poker, the second biggest poker site in the world.

What do you think your life would have been like if you couldn't play poker for a living? Do you still have dreams of doing something else other than poker?

I would have probably studied business and economics at university. I've always been interested in this. I'm doing a six step Business and Management training beside poker now and I will get my diploma at the end of this year. Maybe i'll start my own business one day.

You mentioned in a recent interview that you did well in cash games at the 2015 World Series of Poker and that you have already booked your next flight to Vegas. Are there any particular hands you recall from these cash game sessions?

Here are two bluffs I made in a $5/$10 NLHE Live Cash Game

1.The blinds were $5/$10 with a $20 straddle. I opened $70 with KQ in mid position. A chinese in mid position called and sb called. Flop 25s7s, I continuation bet $110 and the chinese called. At this point I put him on a middle pair or a draw. Turn T was a good card for me so I decided to continue betting $275 and he called again. River came a 6 and I now bet big, $700 to represent an over pair or a set. He went into the tank. When he started to put up his chips and I saw that he was close to call, I asked him "Do you have 88?" He stared at me and seemed very disturbed, then checked his cards and folded 88 face up... sweet.

2.The blinds were $5/$10 with a $20 straddle. A guy from Turkey limped $20 in mid position, an older guy raised to $100. I called with J9ss on the button and the Turkish guy came along. Flop Tc94 Turkish guy checked, older man bet $175, I called and the Turkish guy called too. Turn came Jc and the older guy bet $250 (a rather small bet). I decided to 3bet to $875 with my 2-pair. The Israeli guy suddenly called... and the old guy folded. At this point I believed that he was calling me with a better hand, maybe a straight. River Kc and he checked. I felt that this river card was a great card for me to bluff on. I put him on a made hand on turn and was rather sure that he hated this river. At his point I didn't think he had the Q for a straight so I decided to turn my hand into a bluff on the river and represent the nuts. I bet $2,000 and he went into a deep tank. I asked him, "Do you have 78?" He finally mucked. I showed my J9ss and he went into mega tilt and told me I'm so lucky.

What advice would you give poker enthusiasts who consider going to the World Series for the first time? Perhaps some bankroll advice.

Playing your first WSOP event you must be prepared for the big variance and that you shouldn't expect a big profit in your first WSOP. Bare in mind that the first time you go to Vegas there is a lot to see and do there beside poker! Helicopter trips to Grand Canyon and Cirque du soleil shows are nice to see. The first time in Vegas you should make sure to have a great time, no matter the poker results!

You do a lot of travelling and seem to enjoy it a lot. There must be some downsides of ‘living out a suitcase', right? Also, what's your favourite destination?

Travelling is my favourite thing to do beside poker. I love to visit and explore new cities. I definitely will say Las Vegas is one of my favourite places because you can always find great CG action and there are so much fun to do beside poker, like pool parties, great night clubs and lot's of excellent restaurants. I also love hot climate and the sun.
Barcelona is another amazing place with the beach next to the casino, night clubs and restaurants at the beach. I can't wait for EPT Barcelona in 3 weeks!

Final question. What advice would you give someone who wants to become a full-time poker player like yourself?

Don't quit your regular job, until poker give you a higher income. You need to play hundreds of thousends of hands to understand your win rate.


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13 comments for "BRM-EXCLUSIVE:: Interview With Sofia Lövgren"

 pochui10/08/2015 09:12:47 GMT
i testify that i would like to do a heads up session with her- i would be willing to back her and/or couch her. great to see nice looking babe at the tables, under the tables and in between the tables (though not against seeing her on the tables in provocative and intimidating poses). hey Sofia i also play freerolls, we have so much in common (other than bankroll), you should give me a call, i could teach you how to shave balls...
 klash2310/08/2015 13:46:32 GMT
She is not a player I have seen much of,I think I saw her in an EPT a while ago.She sounds like a good cash player,though it would be interesting to see how often she asks what cards a player has on the river after a long tank!
 vic7510/08/2015 22:33:21 GMT
Next BRM Exclusive Promotion 10000 mob points a coaching session with Sofia Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
 bowie198411/08/2015 11:34:25 GMT
Yeah, she looks like a good cash player but she looks like a rather annoying bitch too while she plays withU. I cannot believe those men fell for these contbet bluffs I mean since how long did they play poker to be this vulnerable 4 someone finding out their exact range. It's ridiculous.
Do you have KK?
Do you have Coke?
Do you have JetSki?
Worst schtick in a history of poker... Can't blame them getting mad after hearing it 4 the 500th times.
 klash2312/08/2015 14:15:35 GMT
At least she has won something in her short poker career,total tourney cash of over $160,000 and a couple of decent results in the EPT series.Usually the pretty girls have won next to nothing and yet still get sponsored
 doubletop77713/08/2015 09:08:21 GMT
This lady sounds like a very good poker player. I really liked the story of how she turned a two dollar win playing freerolls into 4 thousand in under a year but then lost it all again
 Heskor13/08/2015 16:33:18 GMT
Cheers nice well done for this interview a long one and yeah well thanks if we do get a coaching session even if it is worth a lot it would be good we can have more use of the mob points and all, anyway good luck at the tables make most of those interviews again it is fun to read about it and it makes me happy that RBM getting more and more popular with passing days, cheers have fun and good luck guys, peace out from Heskor!
 bowie198415/08/2015 00:12:40 GMT
Posted by doubletop777:
This lady sounds like a very good poker player. I really liked the story of how she turned a two dollar win playing freerolls into 4 thousand in under a year but then lost it all again

She sounds like a good player and she acts like a bad gambler. Of course the risk is out there 4 somebody 2 take it, but still...
Wish I could blow 4k on my hobby without regrets.
 demodawggy15/08/2015 02:35:01 GMT

Big Smile< Oh Yeah pochui,.... I'd like to 'back and coach' her TOO...!!! Thumbs Up

Big Smile< ...BUT,....we BOTH can't back and coach her simultaneously...! Sad

... Sleepy .... Big Smile

...I have an idea,...one of us could 'Front' and coach,...and ONLY with her written expressed consent...! Smile Thumbs Up
 bowie198416/08/2015 00:24:13 GMT
Oh, what is really up with this 'non-stop sexism' on this forum. Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Cannot even think how Mober or klash23 putting up with us guys seeing that all of you (us) just thinking the same every time a woman player getting introduced here...
 StS516/08/2015 21:12:08 GMT
Is anybody else playing the exclusive top 200 leaderboard final of Bankrollmob on Ppokerstarss right now? I only need three other guys to go out before I have my minimum cash. I hope you are having as much luck as I have!
 bowie198418/08/2015 00:40:17 GMT
Posted by StS5:
Is anybody else playing the exclusive top 200 leaderboard final of Bankrollmob on Ppokerstarss right now? I only need three other guys to go out before I have my minimum cash. I hope you are having as much luck as I have!

Hey man, congrats and all - but did Sofia played there, or why is this relevant here?
 Tony_MON7ANA24/08/2015 08:13:58 GMT
Q. What do you think your life would have been like if you couldn't play poker for a living? Do you still have dreams of doing something else other than poker?

“I would have probably studied business and economics at university. I've always been interested in this. I'm doing a six step Business and Management training beside poker now and I will get my diploma at the end of this year. Maybe i'll start my own business one day.”


Superb answer, Sofia!
You are so good at anything you do. I am pretty sure you will become a successful entrepreneur some day.

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