Unless 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.
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.