Liz Lieu started playing poker when she was just thirteen years
old, competing in Chinese Poker games with her friends, and going
on to organise her own home games at the age of eighteen.
After her father suffered a heart attack, Liz told both her
parents to quit their jobs, and she determined to provide for them
by making a living playing poker. Lieu took a substantial bankroll
to Las Vegas to become a pro, but soon after moving up in limits
she hit some problems in her personal life that nearly left her
broke. With the help and encouragement of fellow poker pro and best
friend John Phan, Liz Lieu rebuilt her bankroll and was soon back
on form. It was John Phan who encouraged Liz to enter the 2005
World Series of Poker, where she ended up finishing fifth in the
$1500 no limit hold'em event, taking nearly $170,000 in prize
Lieu went on to compete in more tournaments and play poker all
over the world, but she has also worked with numerous local and
global non-profit organizations such as "Women In Need" and "The
National Multiple Sclerosis Society". She has also donated 20% of
her earnings to charity since 2005.
As of 2010, Liz Lieu had earned over $825,000 from live tournament
Interesting Fact: Liz Lieu appeared in the 2009 Hong Kong
comedy film 'Poker King' as herself.