Liv Boeree Profile

  • Boeree is ranked the #5 most successful female poker player in the game's history.

  • From poker to astrophysics, Boeree has worked her way to the top in several fields where women are underrepresented.

  • Boeree draws from 14 years of live tournaments to deliver unparalleled advice on decision-making and risk-taking.
  • One of the top female poker players in the game’s history, Liv Boeree is the only woman to have ever won both the World Series of Poker and a European Poker Tour event. As of 2017, her earnings in live tournaments were more than $3.5 million.

    Boeree graduated with top honors with a degree in astrophysics. In an attempt to pay off her student loans, she went on a television reality show that taught beginners how to play poker, thus launching her career in the game.

    Boeree is the cofounder of Raising for Effective Giving, a nonprofit that offers guidance on how to choose charities that will make an effective impact. Raising for Effective Giving has helped raise over $6 million for the organizations it has promoted.

    Boeree’s knack for translating the latest science into layman’s terms has made her a popular speaker and television contributor. She has appeared on multiple programs on BBC, NBC, the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.

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      One of the most recognizable faces in professional poker, Liv Boeree empowers audiences to combine lessons from science, mathematics, game theory, algorithms and more to make better, more rational decisions in an uncertain world. A self-confessed “science nerd” with a degree in astrophysics, Liv utilized her math and science background to become the #1 ranked female player from 2014-2016. She holds both European and World Championship poker titles and has won more than $4 million on the international circuit. Liv shared her fascination with applying scientific thinking to everyday life in a breakthrough mainstage TED Talk that has received more than two million views. Wielding such maxims as “your gut is your friend and so is a cost-benefit analysis” and “the future is unknown, but you can damn well try and estimate it,” she received a rousing standing ovation. Liv also speaks on subjects ranging from effective altruism/philanthropy to artificial intelligence and games, being a woman in a man’s world, and space exploration and futurism. True to her championship fame, she also teaches the ultimate poker master class.

      Liv’s unique story is captivating: After graduating university with a first-class degree in astrophysics (4.0 GPA), she started competing on TV game shows as a way to pay off her student loans. This included a reality show that taught beginners how to play poker. Her natural talent for the game quickly led her to become both a poker champion and a champion of philanthropy amongst players. Liv went on to become a science communicator, appearing on a number of programs on the BBC, as well as NBC, the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel. She has written articles for Vox and The Independent and blogs on an eclectic range of science-related topics. Now retired from professional poker, Liv is a co-founder of Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a nonprofit organization that has raised more than seven million dollars for nonprofits and charities that have a maximum impact on improving the world. REG advances the mission of the effective altruism movement, which uses evidence and reason to identify and mitigate the world’s most pressing problems. Liv speaks to both individuals and organizations on improving the effectiveness of their philanthropy. An in-demand speaker, she has spoken at both Oxford and Cambridge, the Cheltenham Science Festival, WebSummit Dublin and Effective Altruism Global, among others.

      Combining a television presenter’s charisma, the knowledge of a science geek and invaluable insights on decision-making gained at high-stakes poker tournaments, Liv captivates audiences with her extensive scientific knowledge and unforgettable stories. Audiences leave with invigorated mindsets, fresh approaches and new strategies for success in their work and everyday life.

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    Liv Boeree is an in-demand speaker on several topics linked to different aspects of her career. Boeree demystifies how the world’s top poker players gather and analyze data to make winning decisions. She is also an accomplished speaker on philanthropy, AI, and overcoming adversity while crafting a career in male-dominated fields.

    Poker Thinking Applied to Business & Life

    Like poker, life is also a game of decision-making under uncertainty. Liv Boeree examines the thinking techniques and tricks used by top poker players both on and off the table, including cognitive bias reduction, emotional control, performance enhancement and the role of intuition in decision-making. She also covers game theory and statistical analysis techniques such as Bayesian reasoning, "expected value" thinking and forecasting, all extremely useful tools for both our business and personal lives.

    Artificial Intelligence & Games

    Artificial Intelligence is poised to be the most impactful technological breakthrough of the 21st century, and games are a great way of measuring its progress. In just a few decades, algorithms have advanced from rudimentary tic-tac-toe solvers of the 1950s to defeating world champions in notoriously complex games such as chess and Go. Recently, the world's best poker players were defeated by an AI—a feat long thought impossible. Liv explores what sets these algorithms apart from the human mind, and what their implications are for our future.

    Effective Philanthropy

    The philanthropic space is undergoing a scientific revolution. Previously, charity and the act of "doing good" was a fuzzy, unmeasurable concept that most people felt couldn't — or maybe even shouldn't — be evaluated or compared. But nowadays, improved data and evidence allows us to better measure the impact of our philanthropic actions. Given our limited resources, and the vast number of different ways we could spend them, shouldn't we ensure they achieve the maximum good? Liv Boeree discusses how, and why, we should prioritize between cause areas, and how we can use science to maximize the positive impact we want to achieve on the world.

    A Woman in a Man's World

    As a female professional poker player, heavy metal enthusiast and a former physics student, Liv Boeree is very accustomed to being the only girl in the room. Liv discusses the pros and cons of being a female in a heavily male-dominated industry. This talk is especially suited to female-only audiences (although it works well for mixed audiences, too).

    Counter-Intuitive Phenomena

    How far does the Earth stretch if you cut it into one metre cubes and lay them out in one long line? When is a positive medical test result still more likely to be false than it is to be true? And which likelihoods are closer together: 50% and 1%, or 1% and 0%? Prepare to have your mind blown as Liv explores fascinating counterintuitive concepts that defy our deepest instincts.

    Liv Boeree’s Ultimate Poker Master Class

    Created for audiences looking to improve their poker game, Liv Boeree covers all the core strategies. She also explores the more psychological side of the game such as live tells, emotional control and bankroll management. This master class from one of the most famous women in professional poker can be tailored to all ability levels.

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