Liv Boeree wins EPT San Remo and pockets a huge pay check

Liv Boeree Team UB’s Liv Boeree took down the European Poker Tour’s San Remo stop, a tournament that is quite simply one of the most massive events on the poker calendar. She outlasted 1,239 other players to capture her first major title and takes home…wait for it…€ 1,250,000. Liv’s win continues an astonishing run not only for members of Team UB, but women as well. Annie Duke captured the NBC National Heads-Up Championship, Vanessa Selbst just won the NAPT Mohegan Sun event, and now Liv reigns supreme on the Continent.

Liv’s run to the title began with an innocuous Tweet last Thursday: “won my seat to EPT San Remo last night :) ”. From there she made it through Day 1 with 42,000 then built up a stack of 400K at the end of Day 3. After treading water on Day 4 she broke through on the fifth day to make the final 24 with a stack of nearly 1.4 million. And there was no stopping her from making the final table, arriving with over 4 million chips and fate on her side.

Other players at the table quickly fell by the wayside but Liv held firm and picked up enough chips to keep her well within striking distance. It looked like Jakob Carlsson was going to run away with the tournament but Liv doubled through him holding A-K to Carlsson’s A-3 and the game was on. Liv was unlucky to blunder into the flopped full house of Toni Pettersson and doubled him up, but she quickly righted the ship and sent Pettersson to the rail when she flopped a set and he flopped top pair. The money went in and Liv found herself heads-up with Carlsson for the EPT San Remo title.

Carlsson started out ahead but that was to be short-lived–Liv took the chip lead and then seized control of the match when she three-bet in a major confrontation and forced Carlsson to fold. She held a 3-1 chip lead and then…play broke for dinner. But the hour break didn’t kill Liv’s momentum–just a few hands after play resumed she made a raise and Carlsson moved all-in. According to PokerNews she said, “How much more, please?” and announced the call. She held pocket fives; Carlsson Ace-6. The classic race situation but there was no outrunning Liv Boeree on this day, not this week. Carlsson hand failed to improve, Liv’s baby pair held up, and she was the 2010 EPT San Remo Champion.

Watching the streaming broadcast it was obvious Liv was overjoyed, almost overcome with emotion. This is, obviously, a HUGE win for her. To beat that many players, that many GOOD players, to come from behind the way she did and win such a prestigious tournament…huge. And the money will come in handy, I’m sure. Check the poker forums and Twitter and you’ll find that the whole poker world is thrilled with Liv’s victory.

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