"After four amazing years as a Team PKR Pro, I'm today leaving the team." This is how 23-year-old Swedish poker player Sofia "welllbet” Lövgren announced from her Facebook profile the decision to end her contract with the poker room and get ready for new adventures.
At the age of 20, Lövgren became the first woman to ever join Team PKR. During the past years, she has been a regular at PKR’s online cash tables and a well-known face on the live circuit.
So far, her poker career includes 30th place in the 2012 European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event, 83rd place in the 2013 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event in Madrid, and a 16th place in the EPT London High Roller event held in October 2013. She also has three in-the-money finishes from the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Hooked by online poker since the age of 16, Lövgren climbed the ladder to success with patience and determination, quickly gaining an important spot in the European poker community. In 2013, she was nominated for the 2013 PokerListings Poker Awards as one of today’s most promising "young guns" together with other top players as Finland’s Lauri Pesonen and her boyfriend, former PokerStars.it online team pro and Italy’s online wunderkind, Luca Moschitta.
Talking about the beginnings of her career in online poker, Lövgren once shared with PokerNews' Chad Halloway some interesting details about the steps that made possible for her to put aside a $60,000 bankroll after a playing lot of freerolls and going through a poker scandal.
"I won several 30-cent prizes in freeroll tournaments. When I had $2, I started to play the lowest micro-level cash games and built a bankroll from that.
"After a year and a half, I had $4,000 in my bankroll 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 devastated I was.
"When I turned 18, I 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 more than 20 to 100 big blinds after climbing up the stakes. I used strict bankroll management, put in a lot of hours, and after another year, I had $60,000 in my bankroll."
Contacted by PokerNews for a comment on her choice to leave PKR, Lövgren decided to diplomatically confirm her initial statement and refuse to give out more information about he future challenges. "Soon I'm starting my next big adventure, and within two weeks it will be official," is all she said about it.
"PKR has been like my second family and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with so many genuine and nice people and to represent this unique poker site and community. Whatever I do in the future and whenever I play poker, I will always remember that PKR is where I found the love of poker."
Although she preferred not to anticipate any detail about her future endeavors in the poker world, she confirmed that she is still going to be seen around the circuit as both Lövgren and her boyfriend Moschitta are planning a busy live poker schedule that includes a long visit to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker this summer.
"Both Luca and me, we are going play a lot of live events this year. This summer, we are also planning to stay in Vegas for one month and play the WSOP."