1. When did you start playing poker and why?
I started playing poker 9 years ago after my brother showed me the game online. I was definitely born with some stubbornness and have always been in a competitive environment. I grew up in with two brothers and an older sister, and sports played a central role in our lives. I loved participating in different kinds of sports throughout my youth. I played soccer with friends when I was seven and was a member of a female team for ten years. I also played golf and was a member on a local table tennis team as well as on a middle distance running team, and have also been skiing since I was very young. Participating in a wide variety of sports taught me to mentally prepare every time. When I was 16, I won my first free-roll and totally fell in love with the game – the excitement was nothing I’d experienced before!
I built a bankroll starting from the lowest levels climbing up in stakes after I increased my bankroll. I had a good income from online poker during high school, so when I graduated I decided to play poker full time. In 2009, English poker site, PKR, noticed my consistent cash game results and offered me a sponsorship to be their first female poker pro. It was also the same year I decided to start playing live tournaments and travel around the world. After four amazing years with PKR I took a new step in my poker career and signed as an Ambassador for 888poker in 2014. 888poker is the fastest growing and second largest poker site in the world.
These days I continue playing a lot of online cash games, but also combine it with traveling around the world playing on the largest poker tours, such as the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour, and the European Poker Tour.
2. Where is your favorite place to play?
Las Vegas! The variety of games in Vegas during the Summer is like no other place. You can always find tons of games to play and there are so many fun activities to do besides playing poker! There are great pool parties, cool night clubs, tons of fun entertainment like Cirque du Soleil shows and amazing restaurants where you can celebrate a tournament or have a drink with friends! Vegas and WSOP is the most fun time of the year.
3. If you could play heads up with anyone past or present who would it be and why?
Richard Nixon, the old sneaky US President! Apparently, he was a terrible bluffer in real life. I would have called him down!
4. What do you do when you are not playing poker?
I like all different kinds of mental and physical challenges. I like skiing, sailing, playing golf, gym, and yoga. I also love to cook, and of course eat it!
5. How often do you play poker?
When I’m at home in Gothenburg I try to make it a full time job and I play in the evenings, usually cash games or tournaments on 888poker. Lately, I have been playing more poker on weekends because that’s when the action is at its best!
6. What is your most prized possession?
My success in poker has been the consistency in cash games and to be able to make a living from it for the last 7 years.
7. What is the craziest thing anyone has ever said to you at the poker table?
I once played a cash game at Bellagio and a guy came and sat down at my table and said he would only play here because he wanted to play with me. He said he wanted to win my money so he could use the winnings to take me to dinner (with my money). On the very first hand, I picked up AA on the button. The newcomer at the table limped in early position and I raised it up with my rockets. He called and we saw an 88T flop. He called 3 streets and I stacked him the very first hand… He reloaded and ran quite bad at my table. He left the table and said that next time he will just immediately ask me out to dinner instead – that it would be much cheaper.
8. What is your most memorable moment playing poker?
A deep run in my first ever live tournament, the Irish Open just after I turned 20. With tons of online poker experience I was offered a spot at Team PKR and I jumped on it. Entering my first ever live tournament I didn’t know what to expect. I couldn’t even shuffle my chips and it was exciting to cash in my first live poker tournament back in 2010.
9. What are your future career goals?
I’m very grateful for the opportunities poker has given me. I want to continue making a living from poker and travel around the world. I’m very happy that I’ve been able to do this. I’d like to start my own business one day.
10. What’s the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Win a WSOP Bracelet, Visit New Zealand, Visit Brazil
11. What would be your advice to women who are just getting involved in poker?
Start from the lowest levels and learn the game well before starting to risk serious money. Watch some poker coaching videos and read books. One of the best ways to become good at something is to learn from better people as well. Hang out with poker players and talk about poker to learn the game. I believe one of the best ways to become good at something is to gain experience. I believe this goes for most things in life.
12. What is your favorite meal and where can we find it?
Homemade Swedish meatballs with sauce… In Swedish kitchens and of course in my apartment.
13. What is your favorite past time?
(We should have been more clear) My favorite time is present. I live in the now.
14. Most embarrassing moment?
I had lunch at the airport in Berlin once and the time flew by and I had to run to the gate. I rushed out from the restaurant, absent minded as I am, and forgot to pay. The staff screamed after me, “Lady, Hey! Come back and pay….” Everyone was staring at me and I looked like I was trying to Hit n Run! Oh God I wanted a trap door!
15. What can a man do to make you smile at the table?
Show me a bluff.
Bonus Question: What’s the sexiest thing about a man?
6-bet bluffing light and showing 7 2 off suite. Or just…. being good looking. Good looks to me is a matter of