Liv Boeree is a British science communicator, television presenter and professional poker player. She was introduced to the poker when she was selected as one of five contestants for the reality TV show Ultimatepoker.com Showdown in 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. She really hit the charts when she won the European Poker Tour main event in Sanremo, at the time (2010) the largest ever poker tournament held on European soil.
In 2017 she won the World Series of Poker $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em Championship” with Russian poker player and boyfriend Igor Kurganov. She is a World Series of Poker and European Poker Tour champion, and is the only female player in history to win both a WSOP bracelet and an EPT event. She is a three-time winner of the Global Poker Index European Female Player of the year.
She spends most of her time now on the speaking circuit and is a philanthropist. She co-founded Raising for Effective Giving, an organization that promotes a rational approach to philanthropy often referred to as effective altruism, and provides advice on choosing charities based on certain criteria. The organization also publishes an annual guide to effective giving, highlighting which charities may be worthy of receiving funds, and for which ethical reasons. As of July 2020, Raising for Effective Giving has raised over $14,000,000 for its supported charities.
Liv has over $3.8 Million in Tournament winnings.