By Nathan Carroll, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
PokerStars announced recently that poker player and notable personality Olivia "Liv" Boeree has joined up with the site as a Team PokerStars Pro. In a blog post announcing the deal, a PokerStars spokesperson calls Liv "one of the hottest properties in the world poker circuit," and explains that PokerStars is delighted to welcome her on board.
It's easy to see why they're so excited; at the fresh age of 26, Liv has already amassed a résumé to make poker fans and poker sites alike swoon.
Although she now lives in London, Liv grew up in Kent, England. Before discovering poker, she earned a degree in astrophysics at the University of Manchester. Post-grad life brought a short stint as analyst for an online marketing firm that quickly became boring to her.
Liv's big break came in 2005 when she landed a spot on a reality TV show that teased the possibility of a big cash prize. Though originally a secret to Liv and the other participants, it turned out that the show revolved around poker, and the contestants would be coached by top pros and then pitted against each other. Spurred on by the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, and Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott, Liv fell in love with the game and quickly acquired the skills to hold her own against the competition.
Liv's next big step into the poker world was as a presenter and journalist for Gutshot TV at the World Series of Poker in 2006. Her good looks and charm made her a natural on-camera personality, and the deal with Gutshot was quickly followed by online video work with Challenge TV and WorldSeriesofPoker.com. Liv also expanded into print, and has written periodically for "Bluff Europe," "World Poker Tour," and "Online Gambler" magazines.
Liv quickly proved that she was equally adept on the felt as behind the camera, amassing several top finishes in 2007 including a final table at the Welsh Amateur Poker Championships and a win at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. She built on that success in 2008 and 2009, scoring cashes across the world in the WPT and WSOP. And in April 2010, Liv won EPT Sanremo, taking home 1.25 million Euros and the honor of being only the third woman ever to win an EPT title. Currently, Liv's total live tournament winnings stand at nearly two million dollars.
Liv's first online poker sponsorship deal was with UltimateBet, a cause of consternation for the online idealists who refused to respect anyone or anything connected with UB in the wake of the 'Superuser' scandal. In early August 2010, Liv finally announced that she would be leaving UB, triggering a wave of speculation about where she would ultimately land. Everyone knew she was too talented, photogenic, and likable not to secure a coveted contract.
Liv's addition to the PokerStars team puts her in good company; the sprawling, diverse crew of PokerStars pros includes pros such as fan favorite Daniel Negreanu, defending WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada, and the "Robin Hood of Poker," Barry Greenstein. Liv is thrilled to be a part of the team, as she explained in an interview for the PokerStars blog: "It's something I've been aspiring towards ever since I learned about the world of poker, and I am over the moon to be achieving such a huge goal!"
Liv's debut as a PokerStars pro will come at EPT London, which kicks off on September 29th at the Hilton Metropole and features 22 separate tournaments.
And just in case the combination of astrophysicist, TV presenter, and professional poker player isn't doing it for you, there's another bullet point Liv is hoping to add to her résumé: shredder. That's right, Liv is a dedicated aficionado of metal guitar, and can be seen strutting her stuff here: The perfect girl? Quite possibly.
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