Many succeed in their respective field of work or interest, some manage to become experts, while only a few manage to get recognised and have their names written down in history. In the poker universe, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Poker Hall of Fame is the ultimate title that a player can win due to his/her exceptional skills and contributions.
Every year, the WSOP inducts one or two members into the Poker Hall of Fame. This year, we will have a new member inducted into the prestigious club. The WSOP has announced a list of 10 nominees for this year, one of whom will be inducted. But what have these people done to be nominated? To answer this question, we will bring to the achievements, victories and other things about these 10 nominees in a series of articles. In this article, we will speak about Kathy Liebert.
Born on 1st October 1967 in Nashville, Tennessee, Kathy Liebert was raised in New York. She graduated from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York with a degree in business and finance. After her graduation, Liebert worked as a Business Analyst for a Fortune 500 company, Dun & Bradstreet. Despite having a stable and high-paying job, Liebert always felt dissatisfied. She took her mother’s advice of doing something she loved, Liebert eventually quit her job.
Even though she quit her job, she was still unsure what she would like to do in her future. Undecided she headed to the West Coast. Liebert took a stop at Las Vegas before heading further, and that’s where this pro played poker in a casino for the first time in her life. Growing up, her parents occasionally invited their friends for in-house friendly poker competitions and that’s where she has learned the game, but during her stop in Vegas is where she was playing an actual game.
She was intrigued about the game, and eventually ended up in Colorado playing $5-Limit poker. Her curiosity and passion let her to learn the fundamentals of poker. She started playing weekly which further improved her game by reading books by top pros. Looking at her game, a friend motivated her to try playing poker tournaments. She headed to Las Vegas again to play poker tournaments and thus began exploring different variants in the casinos.
Liebert finished second in her very first live tournament game, which was an Omaha Hi-Lo event. After a week, she tried her hand at Texas Hold’em tournament and finished second there too. Within a week of playing poker tournaments, she had managed to win $34,000.
Her poker career began, and she started travelling and playing at other tournaments that year, and even won many. Her consistent gameplay helped her build her bankroll and also buy houses in expensive cities Las Vegas and California.
She won the first-ever Party Poker Million event in 2002 and walked away with $1 million as the top prize, which is also her best cash till date. She has one WSOP bracelet to her name which she won at the 2004 WSOP in the $1,500 Limit Texas Hold’em Shootout event. She was one of the only three women to win a WSOP bracelet that year.
Liebert also appeared and won the Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes series in 2005. In 2008, she finished third at the WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em World Championship for a pay cheque of $306,064. She has 84 in the money (ITM) finishes at the WSOP so far. At the ongoing WSOP 2022, she has already cashed at five events. Recently she finished fifth at the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Senior’s event and pocketed $186,541.
She also played at the World Poker Tour (WPT) and has made it to six final tables at the series, along with 26 ITM finishes. Her third-place finish at the 2005 WPT Borgata Poker Open made her the highest-finishing woman at WPT, until J.J. Lui finished second at the 2007 edition of WPT. Liebert further went on to tally the record by finishing second at the 2009 WPT, when she played the longest final table in WPT history against Steve Brecher. She also cashed at the European Poker Tour (EPT) once.
The 54-year-old has $6,667,188 in total live tournament earnings and ranks 186th in the All-Time Money list according to Hendon Mob. Additionally, she ranks first in Tennessee All-Time Money List. She is also a poker coach to actor James Woods. Liebert and her accomplishments have made her a role model for several women poker players, who wish to make it big in the global poker circuit.
She is already a member of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame and is currently the one woman to be nominated in the WSOP 2022 Poker Hall of Fame. Only time will tell if she makes it to the coveted Hall of Fame.
This year, the WSOP has announced a list of 10 people from the global poker community to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. The 32 living members, who have been inducted will cast their vote on a ballot of 10 points. The winner will be declared and inducted on 10th July 2022, alongside the WSOP 2022 Main Event. To know who wins this year stay tuned and keep an eye on the latest updates from Gutshot Magazine.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by manifesting herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in drawing and DIY crafts.
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