Liv Boeree

Top Ranked Professional Poker Player. Astrophysicist. Viral TED Speaker.

livOriginally from Kent in England, Liv Boeree is one of the most successful female poker players of all time, with over $3.7m in live tournament earnings. She studied at the University of Manchester, achieving a first-class degree in Astrophysics. She is in high demand as a speaker in her native UK as well as abroad, in addition to being a sought after tv presenter. Her TED talk created a buzz and has currently amassed over 1.8m views.

Liv’s TED talk was very well received garnering over 2m views and growing. In this acclaimed presentation, she shares three strategies she’s learned from poker and how one can apply them to real life:

 

 

Liv first caught the poker bug when she was picked to take part in a reality poker TV show in the UK back in 2005. Soon after she became a regular host on various poker coverage shows, and it wasn’t long before she was making waves at the table herself. Liv’s first major live cash came when she won the European Ladies Championship in 2008 for $42,000, followed by a string of other impressive money finishes at events around the world. Highlights included an impressive run at the 2009 Five Star World Poker Classic in Las Vegas, where she final tabled two side tournaments and made a top 40 finish in the $25,000 WPT Championship Main Event.

Then came the moment that would change Liv’s life forever, and make the poker world give her the credit her game deserves. Liv travelled to Italy to play at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Season 6 Sanremo event in 2010 – a tournament that proved to be one of the biggest ever, with a packed field of 1,240 runners. After days of intense action, Liv found herself on the final table, and duly went on to crush the remaining players to take the title and a massive $1,698,300 payday, confirming Liv’s status as one of the finest players the UK has ever produced.

 

Liv speaks on topics/themes including:

  • Being a PokerStars professional, anything to do with poker including basic psychology, games and game theory applications, rational thinking techniques and decision making
  • Probability
  • Risk Taking
  • Ethics/Philosophy – With a focus on Effective Altruism (why some charities are much more important than others)
  • Science: Space exploration, physics discoveries, AI dangers, extreme weather, encouraging women in science/engineering, Woman in a man’s world
  • Environment – Climate change, green energy, sustainable living, food production & animal welfare.
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