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A Look Back At Poker’s Iron Maiden and Metalhead Liv Boeree

Updated: Nov 25, 2022

In recent news, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Liv Boeree has been found dabbling in analytics. Also known as the Iron Maiden of poker, she was featured in SAS Explore 2022 as a key speaker on using technology to inspire, educate and transform the future. For those who are only familiar with her careers in poker and music, this may come as a surprise. However, fans who have been following Boeree’s journey for years know that there is more than simply card games and music in her life.

Intrigued? Let’s take a closer look at Boeree’s story below.

A background of astrophysics

Liv Boeree, born in 1984, is known for many accomplishments that started from a young age. She studied at Ashford School with straight-As and pursued her deep love for space and astronomy in college.

Boeree would earn a First Class Honors degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. This is where she'd become even more passionate about science — specifically topics like space exploration, physics discoveries, AI dangers, extreme weather, and encouraging women in STEM subjects — which would continue to inspire her later ventures in life.

Playing metal and punk

Boeree first listened to the classic Metallica track, “The Unforgiven” during her teen years. Boeree found herself transfixed by the power and emotion of the song and decided that simply listening to her guitar heroes wasn’t enough. She would chase after the goosebumps by playing along to other hit songs and uploading these clips on YouTube. See her rocking to “Kissing The Shadows” by Children of Bodom in the video highlighted above.