With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly ten years since Sweden’s Sofia Lövgren first started her poker career by rising through the ranks of the online poker cash games. After impressive runs in events during the European Poker Tour in 2012 and 2013, Lövgren signed on to become a brand ambassador for 888poker in 2014. Since that time, Lövgren has quickly become a force in the live tournament scene, traveling the circuit with 888poker, interacting with fans, and putting up impressive scores at stops all over the world. Last year, Lövgren could be seen running deep in 888poker events in Bucharest, Barcelona, Portugal, London, and the Battle of Malta.
Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began?
I use to travel around every month for live poker, in combination with exploring different places. Traveling, exploring, and learning about cities and cultures is my favorite thing to do when I am not playing poker. I am also a big foodie and love to try different food in different cities. I really miss this.
What’s the best TV show or movie you’ve discovered during lockdown?
I liked Fauda and Money Heist. I have been watching a lot of documentaries on YouTube too.
What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown?
I am not able to be with my boyfriend. He is on lockdown in India since February and not able to leave the country. Besides this, I miss hanging out with good friends. I don’t have any other frustrations because Sweden is not on lockdown and it is still possible to live a normal life here. I am spending a lot of time with my parents and siblings in Gothenburg. Having a great time with them chilling at home, cooking good food, watching movies, and playing online poker.
What’s the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss?
Live poker swings… ;P (:
What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine?
Family time. I am spending a lot of time with my family in Gothenburg and cooking good food and baking. Also going out sailing in the archipelago and I have more time to read books. Since there’s no live poker lately, I just love being at home playing poker in my pajamas.
How are you using this time to work on your poker game?
I am playing a lot of online poker these days. There is more action than ever online and more cash game tables and bigger tournament fields. I am watching YouTube videos, including poker videos, which helps to sharpen the game.
What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown?
I love dancing and right now I am learning Bollywood dance. It is a really fun happy dance and it is sooo much fun!
What’s the first place you’re going to travel to once we’re able to?
I want to go on a vacation for one week to Greece, Mykonos and Santorini. Then I want to travel to Los Angeles to play live poker. I am also looking forward to flying back to Asia to vacation in Thailand or Vietnam. I’m looking forward to playing live tournaments soon again.