Born in Kent, England, 1984 Olivia Boeree was a focused student and concerned about education only in her early life. She studied Astrophysics at Manchester University, from where she graduated. Her poker career started soon after hosting a television show on poker, which also gave her opportunity to know about the details of the game.
Live Boeree, as she is popularly known as took an interest in poker due to the popularity of the game. She went to appearing on a television program which was a reality poker show. Through this television show Boeree got the opportunity to get coaching from poker players like Annie Duke, Phil Hellmuth and David Ulliott. These poker players were pro poker players and finally Boeree gave an appearance in UK, 2005, Channel 5.
Following 2005 appearance was an appearance in 2006 in Codex, a television show. World Series of poker, Las Vegas, 2006 also saw an appearance of Boeree as a host and journalist and this was for Gutshot TV, poker related show. This appearance led to another development and Boeree was given the opportunity to host another show. This was during European Poker Tour, 2006 that she was to host Challenge TV’s online version. Her work was to report on the website of World Series of Poker Europe for that particular year.
Along with these appearances for different works, she was continued her work as a host and commentator in the poker industry. Boeree’s interest in poker led her to reading books on poker. She extracted information about the companies that she worked for and the interviews that she had conducted. By the time 2007 began she ready as a player to begin on the game. Due to her contribution in the poker industry by way of her work she got an invitation for playing.
No-Limit Holdem free roll event, London, February 2007: Boeree was invited here to play in a $10,000 no-limit. She secured eighth position for $400. Women’s World Open Invitational, Maidstone: Boeree played well here and made a good run.
APAT Welsh Amateur Championship series, Cardiff, 2008: Boeree’s big finish
But her first big finish didn’t come until 2008 when she played in the APAT Welsh Amateur Championship series in Cardiff.
£75 NLHE tournament:
- Made to the final table
- Finished seventh
- Took home £600
$2,000 NLHE European Ladies Championship:
- Won the tournament
- Her first title
- Won $42,000 take-home pay
The World Series of Poker, 2008 saw Boeree here as a player and led to
- cashes in two tournaments
- Poker Million VII, London- an invited appearance here
- Aruba Poker Classic, the same year, cash win
January 2009, the Aussie Millions, the Crown Casino, in Melbourne, Australia: Boeree finished 7th at the final $1,100 NLHE event and won $18,900
Her quest for poker action didn’t stop here and she was in search for more doing a lot of travelling. Her achievements were:
- The Poker News Cup Alpine in Austria: Got to final tables and 3rd place
- The Five Star World Poker Classic at the Bellagio, Las Vegas: got to 3rd and 7th position.
- $2,500 super satellite was won which led to the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour World Championship. Here she 37th place and won $2,500 and $40,855.
- WSOP, Las Vegas,2009: Cashed twice here
- Asian Poker Tour six-handed NLHE event, Macau, August 2009: Final table and 2nd place
- Asia Pacific Poker Tour seven-handed NLHE event: Final table, 5th place.
- The Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Las Vegas,2009: Final Table
- The United States Poker Championship, Atlantic City, 2009: Final table
- The European Poker Tour stop, San Remo, Italy, 2010: €5,000 buy-in NLHE Main Event saw 1,240 players participation; Boeree won the final table taking a title, trophy and €1,250,000. An EPT event was won by a woman the third time
- Poker Stars recognised her contribution and Boeree became Team PokerStars sponsored player on request.