|PartyPoker.com, yesterday announced that Kathy Liebert was crowned the PartyPoker.com Million Champion and awarded the first prize of $1,000,000.|
By capturing the PartyPoker.com Million title in the site’s first annual tournament, Kathy Leibert became the first woman ever to win a major poker event.
An amateur playing in his first ever poker tournament Berj Kacherian, shocked the poker world by out-duelling 8 world champions, to finish second.
Kathy and Berj were the final two players in the weeklong tournament and faced off for over 2 hours in the final round.
Both Kathy and Berj competed against some of the world’s best poker players in a live limit Hold ‘em poker tournament aboard a Mexican Riviera cruise to win the championship and million dollar first prize - the second largest ever in poker history.
A true amateur, this was Berj's first tournament of any kind, Berj won a series of high stakes hands against 3rd place winner Phil Hellmuth, 1989 World Series of Poker champion and seven time World Series of Poker finalist to claim second place and approximately $93,000.
Kathy Liebert, a resident of Downey, California and Las Vegas, Nevada began playing poker as a child, and has been playing tournament poker since 1994. Currently ranked as the fifth largest money winner on the World Series Of Poker money list for women, Kathy Liebert is now the first woman to ever win a major poker tournament in a field previously dominated by men.
She has a B. S. degree in business and finance from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
She said of the tournament, 'It was a very tough battle, and I feel very lucky that I came back and won it. Party Poker did a great job, great tournament, great cruise, and I'm looking forward to coming back next year.'
Second-place winner Berj Kacherian was thrilled at his achievement, saying, “I never imagined I would get this far. Coming in second place is a very big treat for me, being able to play against the world-known players of poker. I've just read about these guys, I've heard about these guys, and to be able to play poker with them, at the same table, it was a big treat. I was like a kid in a candy store!'
The recreational players earned their seat at the final table after qualifying at an online tournament at the PartyPoker.com Web site. The final nine players consisted of two Internet qualifiers and six professionals, including 2 World Champions, 2000 World Champion Chris Ferguson and 1989 World Champion Phil Hellmuth.
Third place went to Phil Hellmuth, 1989 World Champion of Poker.
Fourth place to Bruce Yamron, noted professional poker player.
Fifth place to Scott Buller, another Internet qualifier.
The PartyPoker.com Million Tournament pitted approximately 100 recreational players against the select group of the world’s finest poker players.
The competition also included such prestigious poker notables as Carlos Mortensen, reigning world champion of poker, Scottie Nguyen, 1998 world champion and T.J. Cloutier, poker’s leading all-time money winner.
The dates of next year’s tournament, the PartyPoker.com Million II will be announced next month.