Siz­zling card beau­ties are big deal at fes­ti­val

Daily Star Sunday - - BUSHELL ON THE BOX - ■ by LAU­RIE STONE

A SET of sexy, suc­cess­ful and sassy poker babes are head­ing to the UK next week.

Kara Scott, Sofia Lov­gren and Natalie Hof will bat­tle play­ers from around the world in the 888Live Fes­ti­val Lon­don.

More women are tak­ing up the game of skill and bluff which for years has been dom­i­nated by men.

Kara, 42, from Canada, who is also an an­chor for the World Series of Poker on TV chan­nel ESPN, said: “See­ing the amaz­ing women in poker win tour­na­ments and crush fields makes it clear that women can do that and there’s a place for us.”

Kara be­lieves women and men share the same skills that go to make a good player, adding: “Things like stamina, the abil­ity to con­cen­trate for long pe­ri­ods of time, good math skills, peo­ple-read­ing abil­ity, pat­tern recog­ni­tion, dis­ci­pline – lots of dif­fer­ent things. But they are not gen­der-based skills.”

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est 888poker sta­tis­tics, 10% of play­ers com­pet­ing in on­line tour­na­ments are women and they are pick­ing up 7% of tour­na­ment win­nings.

Swedish babe Sofia Lov­gren, 27, would love to see a woman tak­ing the Main Event ti­tle in Lon­don.

She said: “Poker doesn’t de­mand any phys­i­cal skills, so both men and women can com­pete equally.”

Ger­man Natalie Hof, 31, first got into poker at the age of 18. She said: “I in­stantly fell in love with the game.

SASSY: Sofia at the ta­ble and, be­low, Kara. Be­low right, Natalie “Not only be­cause of the money. It’s be­cause of the psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial part of it.”

The 888Live Fes­ti­val Lon­don is on un­til Oc­to­ber 16 at the

888poker card room, part of Aspers Casino, West­field, east Lon­don. For tour­na­ment in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing the

£400,000 Main Event, visit

888poker. com for de­tails.

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