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LIZ LIEU THE POKER DIVA
When Liz Lieu enters a room she takes center stage, her great looks, beautiful clothing and her captivating smile command attention, but don’t be fooled as beneath this glamorous exterior lie the killer instincts of one very smart poker player.
Liz Lieu was born in Ho Chi Minh City in 1974 to a Chinese father and a Vietnamese mother, Liz emigrated to the United States with her parents and older sister Tanya when she was still a baby. The young Vietnamese family settled in Colorado where her parents worked long hours to provide their daughters with a stable and happy childhood.
At 13, Liz was introduced to Chinese poker by a group of friends and Liz started her career in poker at 18 when she and a friend started a poker/pai gow home game in their local town in Colorado.
Liz’s main focus when she first started to play poker professionally for a living was and still is, to provide her parents with a life of ease and comfort after her father experienced a heart attack.
Liz Lieu is also extremely generous and has since her first win in 2005 donated 20% of all her
winnings to charity. Liz is a firm believer in the laws of Karma and “that what goes around comes around”. Liz also likes to get hands on with her charity work and donates to charities across America and supports various organisations in Vietnam, she travels to Vietnam on a regular basis. Liz speaks Chinese, Vietnamese and English.
In 2005 she cashed in on her first live tournament, the WSOP $1,500 NLHE event, earning $168k for her fifth-place finish. Liz’s first tournament win came at the 2006 at the L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino, where she won the $1000 limit hold’em event. Her second tournament win came when she won the same event in 2007. In 2006, Liz Lieu was honored by the WSOP and ESPN as a “Final Table Grand Marshall” along with Johnny Chan. In September 2007 Liz signed an exclusive partnership with Chilipoker to act as an Ambassador for the poker room.
In 2009, Liz appeared in the Hong Kong movie Poker King as herself.
In October 2011, Liz said that she would no longer be representing Chilipoker and seemed uncertain as to where her life was leading her, although she was excited about moving on into unchartered territory.
In September 2012, an announcement was made that Liz signed an ambassador for the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) where she joined Michael Mizrachi and Sam Trickett on the ISPT team. The first ISPT event kicked off on May 31, 2013.
Liz’s total live poker earnings as of 2013 were $794,676.00.
A dynamic lady, confident, sweet, generous, loved by many and all this is wrapped up into one magnificent femme fatale. Liz’s combo of stunning looks and ruthless poker moves have earned her the title of “Poker Diva”