My Poker Career
Liv is considered one of the world’s best female poker players, and is the most successful British female poker player with over $2,100,000 in live tournament cashes to date. She discovered poker after applying for a TV show (Ultimate Poker Showdown, Channel 5) in August 2005. The premise of the show was finding five complete poker novices and training them how to play. During the filming of the show, Liv decided the best way to learn the basics of tournament poker was to enter a few tournaments at local London poker room known then as “The Gutshot Club”. Astonishingly, she won one of the very first tournaments she played there – the infamous £5 rebuy Beginner’s night. From that moment she knew she’d discovered the game she loved and soon became a regular face at the club, even managing to win the same £5 rebuy tournament a few months later!
Her friends at the Gutshot then encouraged Liv to audition to be the club’s TV reporter for the World Series of Poker in 2006, and from there she got her first taste of the international poker scene and met some of the game’s biggest stars. From that point onwards she knew that she wanted to start playing more seriously and immersed herself in the poker industry.
Liv’s breakthrough into playing high-stakes tournaments came at the end of 2007 when she entered a $300 online satellite with a winner-take-all package to play the $15,000 buy-in Five Diamond Classic in Las Vegas. A week later she was playing amongst the world’s best, which she describes as a baptism of fire in her own words – “I didn’t stand a chance in that tournament!”. Nonetheless, on that trip she met a number of great friends who became her poker mentors and encouraged her to start playing the international circuit.
Her first title was in April 2008 when she won the European Ladies Championships for $30,000. Once again, Liv had earned her $1500 entry into the tournament after winning a satellite that was giving away a seat – a trend that defined her poker life until recently. Over the next few years she had modest success, including seven WSOP cashes and nine final tables and various events around the world.
Liv’s true breakthrough was in April 2010 when she won the PokerStars European Poker Tour in San Remo, Italy. Again, she won her seat via a €500 satellite which allowed her to enter the €5000 buy-in event, and after six days of play she had defeated 1,239 other entrants to become the winner of the largest ever tournament held on European soil for an incredible €1,250,000.
Her skills have also translated exceptionally well to the online felt, where she plays exclusively on Pokerstars.com under the username Liv Boeree. In 2011 alone she has won eight tournaments, including the Sunday Warm-up and the WCOOP Second Chance for almost $200,000.