Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree was made a patron of Humanists UK for her contribution to the greater public understanding of science.

Science broadcaster and poker champion

Liv Boeree was born in Kent in 1984.  She studied Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Manchester.

Boeree combined her science background and passion for games to become one of the most recognisable faces in professional poker. She was the #1 ranked female player from 2014-2016, and holds both European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker championship titles after winning more than $4 million on the international circuit.

Since retiring from professional poker in 2018, Boeree is now focussed on education. Her knack for translating complex concepts into layman’s terms has made her a popular television presenter, and she has featured on major networks ranging from the Discovery Channel to National Geographic to the BBC.

She also has significant live hosting experience with live-streamed productions such as Redbull’s Mindgamers World Championships and Triton Poker’s Millions. She recently launched her own Youtube Channel, where she explores questions such as ‘Why are conspiracy theories so appealing?’ and ‘What if the Earth was made of blueberries?’. Boeree is also a professional speaker with her TED Talk and TEDx talks having received more than three million views.

Boeree has also written a number of articles and opinion pieces on various scientific and rationality topics. Her publications include a article discussing the philosophical implications of Future of Humanity Institute's 2018 Paper Dissolving the Fermi Paradox, a Vice Media article on a discovered crystalline pattern in prime numbers, and an opinion piece in the Independent on the importance of rational thinking classes in mainstream education.

Boeree is also a keen philanthropist, and in 2014 co-founded Raising for Effective Giving (REG), a research and advisory non-profit that uses the philosophies and strategies of Effective Altruism to identify and raise money for the most globally impactful charities.