Posts Tagged ‘Sofia Lövgren’

Liliya “Liay5” Novikova signs with PokerStars

Monday, March 16th, 2015

liliya-novikova-pokerstarsPokerStars just got a lot prettier after signing Liliya Novikova to Team PokerStars Online! Novikova, a 22-year-old Russian, specializes in 6-Max hyper-turbo SNGs and plays a very high volume, having achieved Supernova status.

Interestingly enough, Novikova was also a professional video gamer who focused on Defense of the Ancients. And while the Moscow native has moved on to greener and richer pastures, she still enjoys playing video games on occasion.

But it looks like Novikova, who plays under the screen name “Liay5,” will mostly be focusing on her true passion of online poker over the coming months. “I would’ve played poker anonymously for the rest of my life, and I could’ve been happy doing it,” she wrote on her blog. “That didn’t stop me from dreaming, however. I dreamt of what it would be like to get the call that I was going to become a member of Team Online.”

Novikova adds that she got her poker start playing heads-up games and turbo SNGs. However, she found that the speed and post-flop play of hyper turbos is what really excites her. And now, the Russian beauty wants to use her talents to move up to Super Nova Elite status. “I have already achieved Supernova status, but I want more. I’m trying to make Supernova Elite,” she said. “It takes a lot of time and a lot of concentration on my game, so I have worked out a schedule and do my best to follow it.”

Aside from putting in a high volume in online poker, Novikova also plans to play some live tournaments as well in the near future. That said, she seems quite similar to Sofia Lövgren, also another online player who’s transitioned into more live events. That said, the poker world should get an opportunity to see more and more from Novikova in the future.

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.