Poker Player Profile – Poker Player Kathy Liebert
Kathy Liebert has made a name for herself as a top professional poker player with many firsts to boast under her name.
Kathy Liebert's Early Life
Kathleen Liebert is a female, American, professional poker player. She was born in October 1967 in Nashville, Tennessee, but grew up on Long Island in New York. She attended college and earned a Bachelor's degree in business and finance which she worked in for a while until she decided she was not happy in the corporate world. She then began to play poker.
Liebert in Professional Poker
Kathy Liebert began her professional poker career in Colorado. She had moved to Colorado for the skiing in the Rocky Mountains and enjoyed playing $5 limit poker at two gambling resorts nearby. Her success at the tables caught the eyes of the casino and they invited her to become a prop player. This gave her extra practice in her games, as well as the time to read as many poker books as she could get her hands on. She began to enter poker tournaments with her first being an Omaha hi-lo event in Las Vegas where she came out in second place. Her next tournament, a week later placed her second as well. Since then she has found huge success becoming the first women poker player to ever win a tournament with a first prize of $1 million. That was the Party Poker Million event in 2002. Since then she has seen many more successes in her poker career.
Poker Prize Wins for Kathy Liebert
Liebert has been present at five World Poker Tour (WPT) final tables. She placed third in the Borgata Poker Open in 2005 and was runner-up in the 2009 Shooting Stars tournament. Her second place to Steve Brecher followed the longest final table in the history of the WPT.
In 2004, Liebert was one of three women to win an open event at the World Series of Poker where she took home a gold bracelet in a $1,500 limit Texas Hold'em shootout event. She walked away with $110,180 in prize money. Liebert was on the final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em World Championship Event of the World Series of Poker. She finished third in the event winning prize money of $306,064.
Liebert entered and won the Game Show Network's Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes, from which she took home a prize of $100,000.
Current Stats for Kathy Liebert
Kathy Liebert is ranked among the top 40 overall in the world of poker and she has won prize money totaling more than $5 million. She has won more prize money in open field poker tournaments than any other female poker player in the history of the game. She was the first women in poker to win a tournament with a buy-in of $5,000 or more and she is the first women in poker to win $1 million in tournament prize money. Liebert is the personal coach who tutors actor James Wood in his poker game. She currently splits her time between Las Vegas and Southern California and when she is not traveling the world participating in major poker tournaments, she can be found playing at Intertops Poker.