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As more and more
women come onto the scene in the male-dominated poker industry, a few stand out as more than just a pretty face on the felt. Liv Boeree has
not only made a name for herself as a presenter and model in poker magazines, but has worked hard to put up impressive results on the tournament
board. Looking at her poker resume, Liv has certainly proved that she can contend with the best players in the world, male or female.
Olivia “Liv” Boeree was born in southeast England in1984, where she reportedly learned to play poker at the age of four. As a child,
she participated in several sports including competitive horseback riding. Clearly bright from an early age, Liv studied astrophysics
before graduating from Manchester University and eventually moving to London. In 2005, Liv was chosen to appear on the reality
television show “Ultimate Poker Showdown,” which was her first real taste of the industry where she would eventually find a home.
While taping the show, she was mentored by poker professionals Phil Hellmuth, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott and Annie Duke, who encouraged
her to pursue poker as a full time career.
Liv spent the next few years studying poker and working on her game. After a few minor tournament cashes in 2007 and early 2008, Liv
had her big break when she took first place in the Ladbrokes Poker European Ladies Championship, good for $42,000 and international
attention. That summer, after reportedly being coached further by Annie Duke, Liv headed to Las Vegas to compete in the World Series
of Poker, where she cashed twice. The next year, she returned to Las Vegas for the Five Star World Poker Classic where
she made two final tables before winning her seat to the $25,000 Championship in which she placed 37th, taking home nearly $41,000 for
that event and over $63,000 for the series.
Liv continued to impress with her tournament successes over the next year, making final tables in Macau, Atlantic City, and Biloxi. In
2009, she cashed twice at the World Series of Poker and later that year, Liv joined team Ultimate Bet as
one of their sponsored pros who represents the site in international tournaments. In April of 2010, Liv became only the third woman to
win a European Poker Tour title when she defeated 1,240 opponents and was crowned champion of the EPT San Remo $5,000 buy-in main
event. First place was worth nearly $1.7 million and easily her largest payday to date. After defeating accomplished Swedish player
Jakob Carlsson heads-up, Liv was quite emotional, saying “I don’t want to cry because that’s not professional, but I can’t believe
that I’ve won this. This is incredible. Everyone today played so good. Jakob was the one person I didn’t want to get heads-up against;
he’s such a good player. But I ran well and I played good.” The tournament win brought Liv international fame as she became the center
of a media frenzy.
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In addition to her impressive poker success, Liv has also worked as a model and television presenter. Before she became a poker pro,
she hosted WSOP coverage for Gutshot TV and travelled around Europe as a host for the EPT. After winning the event in San Remo, Liv
said “Winning a major event is exactly what I’ve been working towards. I went round to all the EPT’s as a host but all I was thinking
was, ‘I want to play.’”
Liv also has a passion for music. She has played the guitar since she was 16 and is a big fan of rock and metal. She has appeared on
MTV as hostess of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2008 and co-presented in Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods DVD in 2008. She has
appeared in several magazines including Bluff, Cardplayer, Sport Magazine UK, Loaded, GuitarWorld and Gambling Online.
As if Liv’s resume isn’t intimidating
enough, she is known for her “Liv stare” poker face, which serves to keep her opponents out of their comfort zones. Like many other poker
professionals, Liv believes that keeping her mind and body in shape has been key to finding success in the game. She avoids partying,
gets plenty of sleep and exercises regularly when she is traveling the tournament circuit. Liv also attributes her success to discussing
poker with other players as a way of learning and expanding her game. Liv told one online news site that her goals are pretty simple and
straightforward, saying “I guess I just want to do my best, win as much money as possible, win as many bracelets as possible and play as well as I can.”
You can usually find Liv Boeree traveling the tournament
circuit, playing on PokerStars.com (the online card room that sponsors her), skiing, hanging out with her bearded dragon pet lizard, or playing her guitar.