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Liebert A Legend At Legends
The World Poker Tour's winningest woman played her record 100th WPT main event at the same place where it all started Saturday.
The 2002 WPT Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens was the place Kathy Liebert sat down at a WPT table for the first time.
And it was also the site of her first of six WPT final tables.
Now, eight years and $1,727,443 in career WPT winnings later, she joined Erik Seidel as the only player to hit the century mark in WPT's played at the 2010 Legemds main event outside of L.A. Saturday.
But for Liebert, this wasn't necessarily the kind of record she was looking to set.
"Being number one for the most tournaments played is not really the goal," she laughed. "Being number one for money or most final tables is really what we're after.
"But I've done well on the WPT, so why not play them when I can."
Plus, she's proven them profitable.
"I mean, at least I'm ahead," she said. "I'd hate to have 100 tournaments played and be behind. That'd be embarrassing."
Just after the 2010 incarnation of WPT Legends wraps at the Bike, Liebert will head back to her Las Vegas home to be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame alongside Jennifer Harman and Billie Brown.
But while she appreciates the accolades, again, Liebert said this wasn't the honor she's after.
"It's the Woman's Hall of Fame, and not be conceited or anything, but I kind of expected to get in to that one," she said. "The regular Hall of Fame would be more of an accomplishment, but I don't think I'm ready for that yet. I'm still young. Maybe one day."
That one day is clearly on its way.
Not only do Liebert's 15 WPT cashes make her 49th in all-time WPT earnings, her six final sixes tie her for sixth in career WPT final tables.
Plus, all told, her $5,717,426 in career earnings put her 41st on poker's all time earners list and the top female player in the game's history.
But once again, Liebert said being the top female player on the planet was never her plan.
"There haven't been that many women playing tournaments over the last 15 years," she said. "I'm sure 15 years from now we'll see a lot more successful women than we've seen in the last 15 years."
Looking forward, as she maneuvered her way through the Day 1b field at WPT Legends Saturday, with six final tables and no WPT titles, Liebert says she's got her eye on the ultimate prize.
"It would be nice to actually get a win," she said. "Maybe if I get one of these, somebody will actually want to sponsor me."
But if another final table appearance without victory is in the cards, she'll take it.
"To get that close and not win it is disappointing, but hey, I'll take it anytime if it's $500k plus."
And, she says it's great to be back at the Bike where it all began.
"Any tournament you do well in is a good tournament," she smiled. "I'd love to do well again."