Liebert - Biography
Born in Tennessee, but raised
on Long Island in New York, Kathy attended Marist
College in Poughkeepsie, NY, graduating with a degree in
business and finance. After graduation, she worked as a
Business Analyst for Dun & Bradstreet. Dissatisfied with
the job, Kathy took the advice of her mother who
encouraged her to do something she loved and the money
would follow. During her time at Dun & Bradstreet she
had played the stock market, doing well enough to quit
her job to follow her heart and dreams.
Undecided about what precisely to do, Kathy decided to
head to the West Coast, making a short stop in Las Vegas
where she played casino poker for the first time. She’d
learned the game when her parents invited friends into
their home for occasional nickel-dime competitions.
Eventually, she ended up in Colorado, attracted by the
prospect of skiing in the Rockies. Central City and
Blackhawk, communities in the mountains, had just
legalized gambling, so she went up to play $5-limit
poker. She learned the rudiments of the game playing
weekly, and was soon invited to become a “paid” player
by the casinos to keep the action going on the poker
tables. She further improved her game reading books by
encouraged Kathy to try her hand at tournament poker.
She headed for Las Vegas. Kathy surprised
|herself, finishing second in her first
tournament, Omaha Hi-lo. A week later she entered her first Texas
Holdem tournament—and took home another second. After one week of
tournament poker she had won $34,000.
It was the beginning of her tournament career. Kathy has had many
repeat performances and successes in television poker tournaments.
Some memorable events include the GSN series Poker Royale, the very
popular Poker SuperStars and the many appearances on the Travel
Channels World Poker Tour.
Kathy’s greatest accomplishment to date, is reaching the pinnacle of
her career thus far. Ranked top woman poker tournament player at the
end of 2007 with cash earnings over $4,100,000. She also has a gold
bracelet won in the 2004 WSOP $1500 shootout with a $110,180 cash
prize. Known as the first woman to win a million dollar prize pool
on the PartyPoker Millions inaugural cruise, this event would become
a WPT event the very next year making Kathy to also just miss
becoming the first woman to win a WPT main event title. Having made
numerous final tables and titles over her career, Kathy keeps some
very lofty goals ahead of her, one being to win a main event in the
World Series of Poker and to become the first woman to win the
coveted title in a World Poker Tour main event.
To track Kathy’s progress click on www.thehendonmob.com