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Liv Boeree: "Looking back on 2013, it was my worst poker year by far"

Tags: Liv Boeree, pokerstars, team pokerstars pro, UK poker pro.
Posted on 20 February 2014 by "T".

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree has already won $130k in three major tournaments this year, and in total she has an incredible $2.4 million in live tournament earnings since 2007!

Being sponsored by the world's largest poker site and winning lots of money playing poker while getting to travel all over the globe sure sounds like a dream to many poker fans. Well, it sure is an incredible way of spending the short time we have on planet earth, however, according to Liv Boeree's latest blog, 'Great Expectations', it's not always a bed of roses to be a poker pro...

Looking back on 2013, it was my worst poker year by far. Although I didn't play too many live tournaments, I didn't have a cash for six months. It was a real shock and a wake-up call, so I decided to meet with someone to get a bit of advice. After we chatted, he told me I have these unbelievably high expectations for myself and feel in my head like I have all this pressure coming from so many directions even when I actually don't. It was quite the astute observation. Sometimes I feel like I have to perform at a certain level or keep up appearances because I'm a Team Pro. And last year because I was playing mostly tournament poker, variance reared its head.

I know no one puts more pressure on me than myself. One thing I've learned lately is to just stay optimistic; keep working hard and set goals, but at the same time, don't apply excessive pressure and excessive expectation because it will definitely drag you down. Staying more mindful is the key. All I can do is play each hand to the best of my ability each time. If the cards don't cooperate, they don't cooperate. There's no point in sweating it.

I've also been making a point to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier. While I was at the PCA, I discovered a yoga ashram near the Atlantis. It was a super low-key retreat and I started going every morning with some of the German players (you know, the ones that win every high roller event!) I was getting to bed at midnight and getting up at 7 am each day do go for two hours of yoga and meditation followed by a nice vegan breakfast. I feel like it definitely paid off at the tables. Fabian Quoss ended up winning the Super High Roller and I made a deep run in the Main Event. Then, after the PCA I came in second at the UKIPT Edinburgh and just finished the Aussie Millions Main Event in 28th place. It's been quite a month and a wonderful start to 2014.


Remember how I told you I was taking an acting class? Before I took off for the PCA, I finished the class series and took part in an onstage showcase at the end of it. I did a scene from the movie Closer where I played the Natalie Portman role and my scene partner took the Jude Law part. It was the scene at the climax of the movie when they've already broken up, got back together, have had all sorts of affairs and terrible things, and he's grilling her on whether she hooked up with another guy while they were apart. It's a very sharp, dialogue-heavy argument and it ends with her spitting at him and him slapping her in response! It's a very powerful piece and it was great fun. The thing that shocked me, though, was that I didn't have any nerves at all! I expected to have some jitters but I felt pretty confident and comfortable through the whole scene. And afterwards?
What a rush!

source: pokerstars blog


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11 comments for "Liv Boeree: "Looking back on 2013, it was my worst poker year by far""

 Heskor20/02/2014 16:45:36 GMT
Liv Boeree for actress, she already popular in the poker world, she needs just one break and her acting character will start. Anyway always fun to watch her play and looks that she had some mental issues and managed to solve it by going to find a coach.

Best thing she ever did. Hehe, see how mental game is important here.
 sargu6420/02/2014 18:47:52 GMT
nice ,woman)
 Theapple21/02/2014 11:42:56 GMT
Liv (:

she might be having a good year so far, but id love to see if she could crack brm ps freerolls ! :o

not even yoga could help her there !!!
 doubletop77721/02/2014 11:57:35 GMT
I hope Liv Boeree comes back fighting because to see her on the final tables always adds a bit of glamour not to mention class to the table. Keep playing Liv and the results will definitely turn
 bowie198421/02/2014 17:19:46 GMT
"Remember how I told you I was taking an acting class? Before I took off for the PCA, I finished the class series and took part in an onstage showcase at the end of it. I did a scene from the movie Closer where I played the Natalie Portman role and my scene partner took the Jude Law part. It was the scene at the climax of the movie when they've already broken up, got back together, have had all sorts of affairs and terrible things, and he's grilling her on whether she hooked up with another guy while they were apart. It's a very sharp, dialogue-heavy argument and it ends with her spitting at him and him slapping her in response! It's a very powerful piece and it was great fun. The thing that shocked me, though, was that I didn't have any nerves at all! I expected to have some jitters but I felt pretty confident and comfortable through the whole scene. And afterwards?
What a rush!"


And thats why nobody gives a flying f*ck about your poker carrier anymore.
Model/cardplayer/actress - is there anything in the world that this woman cant do?
(making newsworthy posts)
 Theapple21/02/2014 20:41:25 GMT
Posted by bowie1984

And thats why nobody gives a flying f*ck about your poker carrier anymore.
Model/cardplayer/actress - is there anything in the world that this woman cant do?
(making newsworthy posts)


i still dont believe she could crack brm freerolls. not even ftp ones! Shock
 noonlion21/02/2014 21:51:23 GMT
She's a smart cookie and I think smart people often over analyse and overthink situations when it isn't necessary - not always a bad thing but at poker, which is a mind game, that mentality or way of thinking can be very damaging.

At least she realised there was something wrong and corrected it instead of bulldogging onward and losing more money and tournaments. Plenty of people in her position would have got arrogant and thought oh yeah its simply variance.

2014 is going well anyway.

 Theapple22/02/2014 15:49:03 GMT
luv liv <3

because shes such a great poker player, obviously.
 Macubaas22/02/2014 17:55:34 GMT
I guess after the number of important events that she played she must admit that from time to time in poker you also have bad periods so i guess this is one for her...

I'm pretty sure that with a bit more concentration she will start to be ITM again.
 demodawggy22/02/2014 18:06:49 GMT
Posted by Theapple:
Liv (:

she might be having a good year so far, but id love to see if she could crack brm ps freerolls ! :o


Now THAT statement is HILARIOUS dude...!!! Big Smile< lol...

If there is ONE thing I can say about the BrM freerolls on PokerStars,...they could be the great equalizer between pros and part-timers.... It's a level playing field where even the best and worst have an even chance of winning $5....lol... Smile Thumbs Up
 Fakiry22/02/2014 19:03:16 GMT
I don't remember of hearing about so good results from a female poker pro in so few time, either i am a bit distracted with these things or the media aren't giving the same attention they used to give to these subjects (which seems to be used to be less than now). I'm glad for Liv!

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