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Kathy Liebert is
one of the pioneers for women who play poker. She began playing low-limit poker in Colorado in 1991. She was a
prop for awhile and began playing tournament poker in 1994.
Born in Tennessee, she grew up in Long Island, New York and now resides in Downey, California and Las Vegas. She earned a B.
S. degree in business and finance from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
I remember when I first started playing tournament poker, I would run across her every once in awhile. She was a player that I respected
and feared. I have since conquered the fear aspect, but I still respect her play. She is a great tournament player and not just "for
a woman". She is a huge contender in a game that has been previously dominated by men and her results prove it.
Kathy won the inaugural Party Poker Million (before the World Poker Tour began televising the event) where the first place
prize was $1,000,000. She made a money deal with the second place and third places finishers, Berj Kacherian and
Phil Hellmuth, so she only took home about half
the announced prize, but the accomplishment remains the same. She is the first woman to ever win a poker tournament with a
first prize of a million dollars. In my opinion, she is the best female tournament poker player. I'm not going out on a limb
saying that, since Kathy is by far the most successful female tournament player of all time in terms of prize money won. She
is the first woman to ever reach $3 million dollar in tournament winnings and that number continues to grow.
Liebert understands the volatility of tournament poker.
Ever since she received her degree, she has followed and invested in the stock market. If she sees a good opportunity arise, she will invest.
At one time, she had considered working in the stock market as a profession.
Kathy's numerous tournament achievements are headed by her win at the Party Poker Million in 2002. She also won her first
World Series of Poker bracelet in the 2004 Limit Hold'em Shootout. She made World Poker Tour final tables at the Bicycle Casino's
Legends of Poker and at the
Ultimate Bet Poker Classic in 2002,
Ladies Night Invitational in 2003,
Borgata Poker Open in 2005 and the World Poker Finals in 2006.
She has also appeared on many poker television programs including Poker Superstars International and Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes.