Kathy Liebert’s mother gave her the advice to follow her heart and do what she liked and the money would follow. For Kathy this proved to be right as she left a career as an analyst to move into the more uncertain field of poker. Since then she has become one of the most prominent female poker players and she continues to inspire poker players from all over the world by her secure and impressive gaming style.
Despite her German name, Kathy Liebert was born and raised in America. She grew up in New York and got a degree in business and finance. Working as a business analyst she didn’t feel satisfied and this is when she decided to take the advice of her mother and go by her heart. She didn’t have gambling in her heart but her travels would soon lead her to the casino poker tables where it would be obvious that she had a future in this area.
Travelling the casinos
Kathy’s first stop on her chase for her true life passion was in Las Vegas. It was the first time that she played casino poker but she knew the game from her home where she had enjoyed it with her parents and their friends. It was in Colorado that she really learnt the game by participating in weekly poker games while she enjoyed skiing in the Rockies. The casino soon recognized that she was a good player and they paid her to keep the action going by the tables. A friend of Kathy suggested that she try to play poker in tournament form and this lead her back to Vegas. This was a fateful travel that would bring her $34,000 after only one week of tournament poker gaming!
First Woman to win $1,000,000
All though Kathy Liebert has many interesting poker wins she is mostly known as the first woman to win the million dollar prize pool in the PartyPoker Millions cruise. Women are still not as dominant as men in professional poker and Kathy serves as great inspiration to younger females looking to get into serious poker play. With her friendly and quite ordinary looks she gives a lot of encouragement to many players that dream of a future in the poker elite.
Kathy Liebert can boost of many poker winnings in important events. In the 2009 Shooting Stars Tournament she placed 2nd after Steve Brecher. Their game made the poker history books by being the longest final table ever played in the WPT. In total she has made it to 5 World Poker Tour tables. She has also done well in the World Series of Poker. In 2004 she won a gold bracelet in the $1,500 Limit Texas Holdem Shootout event. In the 2008 World Series of Poker she made the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Holdem World Championship. She came in 3rd which gave her the nice amount of $306,064. In total she has made well over 5 million dollars from her tournament play and she is still an important player in the major events.