Liv Boeree

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Liv Boeree
Liv Boeree 2015.jpg
Liv Boeree in 2015
Nickname(s) Iron Maiden
Residence Kent, England
Born (1984-07-18) 18 July 1984 (age 34)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 20
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
314th, 2017
European Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 12
Information accurate as of 2 June 2017.

Olivia "Liv" Boeree (born 18 July 1984) is a poker player, television presenter and speaker. She is a World Series of Poker[1] and 2010 European Poker Tour champion, and is the only female player in history to hold both titles. Born in Kent, Boeree studied at Ashford School before going on to earn a First Class Honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. Boeree is a 3x winner of the Global Poker Index European Female Player of the year[2][3] and currently sits at #5 on the female all-time live poker winnings list.

Poker career[edit]

Boeree was introduced to the poker industry when she was selected as one of five contestants for the reality TV show Showdown, which aired on Five in autumn 2005. During the show she was coached by top poker players Phil Hellmuth, Annie Duke, and Dave Ulliott.

In May 2008, she won the 2008 Ladbrokes European Ladies Championships for $30,000.[4]

On 21 April 2010, Boeree won the European Poker Tour main event in Sanremo, at the time the largest ever poker tournament held on European soil. Boeree won €1,250,000 and thereby became the third woman ever to win an EPT title.[5][6]

At the 2017 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Boeree won event #2 (the "$10,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em Championship") for $273,964[7] with Russian poker player Igor Kurganov.

Other notable results include a runner-up finish in the 2014 UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event and a 3rd-place finish in the EPT Barcelona High Roller event for €391,000 in August 2015.

Awards: Boeree won Female Player of the Year in 2014,[8][9] 2015[10] and 2016 at the European Poker Awards, as determined by Global Poker Index points she accumulated during those years. She was also awarded "Europe's Leading Lady" in 2010 at the European Poker Awards.

Boeree has been a member of Team PokerStars Pro since September 2010.[11] As of August 2017, her total live tournament winnings exceed $3,500,000.[4]

In February 2016, she was announced as the Team Manager of the Global Poker League team "The London Royals".[12]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2017 $10,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold'em Championship $273,964

Charity Work[edit]

In 2014, Boeree co-founded Raising for Effective Giving, an organization that educates poker players about Effective altruism,[13] and fundraises for specifically selected highly effective charities.[14][15]

As of January 2017, Raising for Effective Giving has raised over $6,000,000 for its supported charities.[16]

Boeree has raised concerns about possible risks from the development of artificial intelligence and supports research that is directed at safe AI development.[17][18]


Her TV hosting credits include Discovery Channel's "The Mind Control Freaks" in 2015-2016[19][20] and Red Bull TV's "MindGamers" in 2017.[21]

From 2011-2013, she co-hosted UK and Ireland Poker Tour, a weekly show that aired on Channel 4 in the UK.

Her poker TV appearances include NBC's Heads Up Poker in 2011 and 2013, Channel 4's Shark Cage in 2014 and the European Poker Tour from 2010-2016.

Other appearances include BBC Breakfast alongside Boris Becker in September 2010, and in May 2010, she was interviewed on ITV's GMTV by Lorraine Kelly about her European Poker Tour win.

In 2011, Boeree was a member of the Celebrity Graduate Manchester University team that took part in BBC2's seasonal general knowledge tournament, Christmas University Challenge.[22]

In 2006, she appeared on the Channel 4 show Codex.

On 21 July 2007, Boeree appeared on the ITV show Golden Balls, winning £6,500.50.


Boeree gave her first TEDx Talk at TEDxManchester in February 2018 on the benefits of thinking in probabilities.[23] One month later she spoke at the TED 2018 Conference in Vancouver during their inaugural "TED Unplugged" session.[24] Her topic was "Three Life Lessons from the Poker Table".

Boeree appeared as a guest speaker at Oxford University Union in May 2016,[25] Jesus College, Cambridge in February 2017, the Cheltenham Science Festival in June 2016,[26] Websummit Dublin in Nov 2015[27] and Effective Altruism Global, Google HQ in San Francisco Aug 2015[28]


  2. ^ "European Poker Awards winners feature GPL players". 4 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Martin Jacobson, Liv Boeree Among European Poker Award Winners". 27 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "Liv Boeree – Results". Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "BBC News - Poker woman from Sittingbourne plays for £2.2m prize". 
  6. ^ "From pony club to poker star: Glamorous British 'Iron Maiden' wins £1m in card tournament". 
  7. ^ "Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov Win 2017 World Series of Poker $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em Championship - Poker News". Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "2014 European Poker Awards Winners - European Poker Awards". European Poker Awards. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "European Poker Awards: Liv Boeree Female Player of the Year - PokerWomenNews". 26 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "European Poker Awards 2015 Award Winners - European Poker Awards". European Poker Awards. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Liv Boeree - Poker Pro and Maxim Model Olivia Boeree". 
  12. ^ "London Royals - Global Poker League". 
  13. ^ "News: Liv Boeree on Effective Altruism". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "Raising for Effective Giving: About". Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Willis, Max (7 July 2014). "Boeree, Gruissem, Kurganov Team Up For Charity". Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Accomplishments - Raising for Effective Giving". 
  17. ^ "News: Liv Boeree on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  18. ^ Zhang, Linch (22 November 2016). "The Poker Pro Who Wants to Save the World". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Mind Control Freaks". Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "Liv Boeree Featured on Discovery Channel's "The Mind Control Freaks"". Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  21. ^ "Home — Red Bull Mind Gamers". Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  22. ^ BBC2, 19 December 2011
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  25. ^ "Liv Boeree - the Oxford Union". Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  26. ^ "2016 The Times Cheltenham Science Festival brochure". Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  27. ^ "Inspiring Liv Boeree from PokerStars talking as Team Pro. 1 talk". Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  28. ^ "Liv Boeree Starring at Effective Altruism Global 2015". 20 July 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 

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