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Topping the poker Women’s All Time Money List with tournament career earnings of $4,565,144 million dollars (as of August, 2008) Kathy Liebert is also in the 40th ranking position in the world of poker.  Liebert is undoubtedly a talented poker pro.

It’s been a road well-traveled for this former finance major and financial analyst at Dun and Bradstreet.  After a year, Kathy tired quickly of her career choice and with her magic touch when it came to investing in the stock market, she decided to quit her position.  Accepting wisdom from her mom to follow her heart in what to do in life she headed to California with a brief stay in Las Vegas. In Vegas she was introduced to the thrill of playing poker in casinos. Next on the agenda was a move to Colorado for the ski attraction which also led to a small job propping for small cardrooms.

A close friend of Kathy’s planted the seed that she should play poker for a living so back to Vegas she went.  After playing and fairing well in tournaments, the thought of a poker career turned into a plan of action.  After entering the inaugrual cruise of the 2002 Party Millions, she became the first woman poker player ever to win $1 million dollars in a tournament.  This highly revered poker pro has accomplished a lot; she has cashed 27 times at the World Series of Poker and 12 times in the World Poker Tour.  In 2004 Kathy secured a WSOP bracelet and $110,180 in cash winnings.

One of her methods of tournament entries is through single table satellites.  This allows her to keep costs low and offers a way of continuation in practicing her poker skills. Kathy feels her success comes through her competitiveness as well as numerous hours spent honing the fundamentals of the game. This smart cookie utilizes her business background to bankroll her poker winnings into stock market investments.

Her success with poker at times goes unnoticed or is put aside as the poker scene seems somewhat obsessed with a woman poker player’s looks instead of their undeniable talent.   Perception of beauty seems to be overshadowing.  Kathy is truly in poker for the love of the game and not for the glitz and glamour. This without question makes Kathy Liebert an influential persona for current and future women poker players abound.