Liv Boeree Wants to Parlay Poker into TV Stardom

Published on 12 October 2013 by Pokerlistings 276

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree is best known for her poker prowess but she told us at the 2013 WSOP Europe that what she really wants to do is science television. Boeree has recently settled down in a flat in London, started taking acting lessons and is looking forward to ski season. But that doesn't mean she's forsaken poker. Boeree is at the World Series in Paris fighting hard for the second part of her poker triple crown.

What's going on with me right now? I've been back in London actually for the last few months except for EPT, Barcelona. I haven't really been anywhere. What have I been doing? I played WCOOP. It went pretty well. I made the final table and something and made a deep run in the main so it was profitable. And then I just had EPT, London. I only played a couple of events. No good at any of those but I don't know. I'm actually feeling pretty sweet about my game right now. I've been doing a bunch of work, which I needed to do. Yeah, like just getting sort of, I don't know, lessons, but yeah some coaching with some really good players. So, yeah, I'm feeling pretty confident.

Three years ago, I was literally on the road the whole time. Now I've got an apartment in London. I love it. I've got a lot of friends there and it's harder to price me out away now. Similarly I've sort of been to most of the stops on poker now and I love them. I'm still going to go the EPTs and the old WPT here in and there, and course some bracelet events when I can. But I've got other things that I'm prioritizing as well, which I'm trying to get into TV particularly like science and just some really cool TV shows. There's some I guess sort of draw on my fame from poker about the weather, or physics, that sort thing. That's really what I want to get into.

Yeah, I've got a little bit of traction. I'm in the middle of filming something right now. I can't say what unfortunately. I wish I could. It's really exciting. So loving that. Also started taking acting classes, just something I've always wanted to do. Been to a few and loved it. Have no idea if I'm any good, but who cares? I'm enjoying it.

And what else? I can't wait for the snow to fall so I can go skiing. I'm craving the mountains. When I was in Vegas this summer, I was up a mountain most of the time and right now it's this in-between time where it's cold but it's not cold enough for skiing. So come on.

I definitely get asked the question a lot, "Well, what do you think about women in a male dominated world? You're a woman in what's considered a male dominated world." Yeah, I guess it's something I've become quite experienced in, and I hope that I can be a good role model and spokesperson to encourage girls to step into arenas that they might otherwise be discouraged from trying. I've sort of done similar type interviews about physics as well where people have been like, "Well, not may girls do that. Why is it? And talk about the reasons why more women should do it." So, yeah, if there is some crossover with different things, and if I can be any kind of positive role model, that would be cool.

Obviously the biggest benefit of having ladies events is that it encourages amateur players that would not otherwise ever sit down at the poker table. A lot of the women on this tournament are amateurs, but they're having a great time. They're here, and they're learning, and they're standing a chance to win some money and maybe a bracelet. It gives people a chance to get into the game when otherwise they may not. Ultimately that's great for the bigger picture of poker as well.

A lot of people want to be a purist about it, but you've got to see past that. People can be a little bit myopic about those things. Whatever's best for the community as a large is probably the best thing.

People's attitude towards women in poker is still sometimes quiet shocking. People - not all, just a small but unfortunately a vocal minority on the internet and so on - are just so derisive. Literally I don't know where they think they get off. The way they talk about a lot of women in poker. I've had a bit myself but the things I see written about other women. Some of them are my friends, some aren't, but whatever. It's disgusting the way people sometimes just think it's okay to talk about someone like that, that they wouldn't because they were a male. It's I guess just their inherent discomfort in themselves.

I don't know what causes it, but the good news is that it's changing attitudes. In fact, the majority already has changed. The majority of people are just happy to see people playing. And if you're a good player or a bad player, they don't care what your gender is. They're just interested in whether you're taking your chips or not. Things are definitely moving in the right direction with women, but there's still a distance to go.

The things specifically that I think need to be changed, but I know you can't stop that. That's the thing about the internet. People will say what they will. And that's the great thing about the internet. It's freedom of speech. It's just more, I think, people need to learn to take responsibly for what they say without thinking or thinking of the consequences and so on. Those are things people will learn in time, but it's always going to exist. It always has existed, but I guess my message to other girls out there that are having to go through that... I've had friends say, "Oh, my god, look at what they're writing about me." I'm like, "Well, you know you. You know it's not you. It's some looser that's never met you, probably desperately miserable in their own life. They want to say stuff and you can't control it."

That would be a lovely thing if everyone would just take care of their own self and their own stuff instead of attacking people that they may or may not even know. Like I said, I don't think it can ever be changed or stopped. Haters gonna hate.