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Kathy 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 top pros.

A friend 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

 

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