Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama poker’

Are you included in Sofia Lövgren’s Dream Home Game?

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

sofia-lovgren-888-pokerUnless your name is Barack Obama, Daniel Negreanu or Guy Laliberté, the answer is unfortunately no. These three lucky SOB’s were among nine whom Sofia Lövgren recently included in her dream home game lineup.

Through her 888 blog, the Swedish beauty not only explained why she invited nine specific individuals to her €5/€10 NLHE game, but also how she would exploit each one. For example, she thinks that Negreanu is “always incredibly entertaining,” but believes she could use her image and Negreanu’s tendency to play lots of pots to beat him. Likewise, she’d love to have a chat with Barack Obama, “the most powerful man in the world,” while taking advantage of this calling station by value-betting him all day.

Some nepotism comes into play here because Lövgren would also have her brother, Fredrik, and her boyfriend, solid poker pro Luca Moschitta, sit down to this elite table.

Unfortunately, according to the 888poker pro, Alex Dreyfus (GPI founder) and Thierry Derks (won lady’s event at EPT Deauville) are too busy to make her fictional home game. Check out the reasons why on Lövgren’s blog.

xuan-liu-pokerXuan Liu says Bye Bye to 888poker

In other news involving 888 and a hot poker babe, Xuan Liu announced via Twitter that she “will no longer be an 888poker ambassador.” Liu signed her deal with the poker site around the same time as Lövgren last year, but will be departing much sooner.

Liu first made her mark on the poker world at the 2011 EPT San Remo Main Event, finishing third and collecting $524,705. She quickly struck again at the 2012 PCA Main Event, taking fourth and earning $600,000. By early 2014, she’d signed a deal to represent 888 at live tournaments around the world.

No reason has been given for why Liu’s deal ended, but it can only be guessed that her contract expired and both sides decided not to renew. Furthermore, the growing trend in online poker is to move away from the sponsored player model and spend more money/marketing efforts on attracting recreational players.

Barack Obama: A Tight Poker Player

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Enter the term “poker” in the Google News feed and you’re likely to turn up plenty of results involving politics. And in most cases, the term is badly misused. But the Economist recently gave applying poker to politics a shot and didn’t do such a bad job. Here’s a look at what they wrote regarding Barack Obama:

HE CALLS himself a “pretty good” poker player. Barack Obama’s poker-buddies, including Illinois politicians who played with him weekly when he was a state senator, tend to agree. Quizzed by profile-writers, they have described a cautious, canny card player.

Mr Obama would bluff only if he had halfway-decent cards, they recalled. When opponents bet high, Mr Obama would not engage unless he held a strong hand of his own.

As president, he is said to favour a more demure card game, spades. That may be just as well. At a bumpy moment in history, Mr Obama is strikingly, even confoundingly, reluctant to bluff.

All during his election campaign, the poker media world enjoyed focusing on Obama’s love of poker. And many hoped that Obama would become a champion for online poker, furthering federal legislation along the way. Well, this never happened because Obama has a lot on his plate. But it’s interesting to see that the media is still harping on Obama’s poker skills almost seven years later.

This time, the Economist is trying to relate poker to Obama’s handling of the Ukraine situation. The President doesn’t want to use military action to intervene with the conflict between Ukraine and Russia/Russian separatists. But if things continue escalating, could Obama eventually play his hand more aggressively in the future? We’ll see…but for the time being, it looks like he is content to sit back and be more passive.