Born July 18, 1984, Olivia “Liv” Boeree has become one of the most successful and well-recognized female poker players in the world with over $2 million in live tournament winnings.
Boeree was born and raised in Maidstone, Kent (England). In the context of the Kent countryside, Boeree discovered her first passion: horseback riding. She competed with a natural intensity, which poker players around the world would later come to fear, and experienced regular success. A natural at sports, Boeree also found an aptitude for academia and the sciences. Her perfect scores landed her a spot at the University of Manchester, where she graduated with a First Class degree in Physics in 2005.
Following graduation, Boeree moved to London and responded to an advertising call that would, looking back, be a turning point in her life. The UltimatePoker Showdown TV show put out an ad, in a search for five contestants to compete. Boeree responded to the ad, and was selected as one of the five out of thousands who applied. The premise of UltimatePoker Showdown was to bring in five beginners, and with the assistance of such poker celebrities as Phil Hellmuth and Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott, train them on TV to master the game.
Like millions of others around the world, Boeree was hooked! During the filming, she fell in love with the game, and set her sights on learning everything she could from her famous mentors and following in their footsteps.
As she continued to master the finer points of poker, Boeree made her name known as a host, journalist, and presenter for various TV programs. In 2006 and 2007, she presented for Gutshots TV at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), Challenge TV’s program coverage of the European Poker Tour (EPT), reported on the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), and appeared on the game shows Codex and Goldenballs.
In May 2008, just three years after her introduction to the game, she made a major breakthrough at the Ladbrokes European Ladies Championships for $30,000. She quickly followed this in the summer of 2008 by cashing in two WSOP events, 49th in Event 38 (Pot Limit Hold ‘Em) and 64th in Event 41 ($1,500 Mixed Limit Hold’ Em). She followed up these successes by cashing in the 2008 Aruba Classic, 2009 NLH AUD Bounty Event, two World Poker Tour Championship games, and the World Poker Tour Main Event. In just 12 months, her winnings totaled more than $100k.
Along her path to achieving lasting poker success, Boeree became a regular figure found in such poker magazines as Bluff, WPT magazine, and Cardplayer. She also modeled for Maxim, Look, Revolver, and Loaded magazine. Though already having an established image, nothing could have prepared Boeree for April 2010. Marking her biggest breakthrough yet, and forever chiseling her name forever in the annals of poker history, Boeree won the European Poker Tour in San Remo for a massive $1,250,000. She was not only the third woman ever to win the EPT title, but she bested the largest field of players to ever compete in an EPT.
No surprise to anyone, Boeree joined Team PokerStars and, again, made her name known when she won the Sunday Warm Up for $148,000 in February, 2011. Each year she plays, Boeree adds significant notches to her career’s already impressive résumé, and poker players all around the world continue to watch her with anticipation.
Boeree remains interested in the sciences, and, when not dominating poker tables, regularly indulges her passion in heavy metal music. She is currently the co-host for the UK and Ireland Poker Tour TV show.
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