Liz Lieu

She is a killer at the felt, adorable, smart, and generous and she is a breath of fresh air to everyone around her when everyone is usually surrounded

She is a killer at the felt, adorable, smart, and generous and she is a breath of fresh air to everyone around her when everyone is usually surrounded by men that smell like sweat. She was born in Ho Chi Minh City to a Chinese father and a Vietnamese mother. She moved with her parents and her older sister to the United States when she herself was just a baby. They settled in Colorado and her parents worked long hours to provide their children with a stable and happy childhood.

Her life was conducted in Vietnamese, and they maintained a strong sense of heritage and developed a lasting identity within their culture. They also encouraged both children to communicate exclusively in their native tongue. “My parents reminded me often never to forget my roots,” Liz said. “I would get yelled at if I only spoke English at home – and especially to my parents – so instead of speaking only one language, I mixed them together. I spoke half Vietnamese, half English to them.”

She was introduced to Chinese poker at the age of 13 by a group of her friends. She was a competitive person, and she felt instantly connected and it became a forever part of her life. In the 90’s, five years after winning her first jackpot, she and her friend set up their own home games of Pai Gow and Hold ‘em. However, her business plan failed short when her father suffered from a heart attack. She asked her parents to quit their jobs and she would support the family on her poker winnings. They said okay, and she has been working the felt ever since. She has an immense amount of natural poker talent, and is able to keep her grim poker face on, she came out swinging when she hit the pro scene. She started with LA and Vegas cash games and built her sizeable bankroll.

She moved to Sin City, and settled in as a regular by making money from the $80/$160 Limit Hold ‘em cash games which are her specialty.She has won WSOP tournaments, and has come back for more from other APPT, EPT, and WPT tournaments with numerous large payouts. Despite her impressive poker career, she began working with non profit and donating 20% of her earnings to many different charities. In the summer of 2007, her father passed away, she was crushed by this news. “My father played a really important part in my life,” she stated. “He and my mother are the biggest reasons I’m where I am in my life now.Losing him really felt like losing a big part of myself.”

After he passed, she took some time off to visit Vietnam where he spent the rest of his life out at and she threw herself into charity work at this time. “I’ve gone back to do charity before but this time I probably did 10 times more than I ever have and it was meaningful to me because it was all for my dad,” she said. “In our culture the people you rely on when you pass are your children,” Liz explained. “The more good deeds a child does, the better the afterlife of a parent. A departed soul is helped along in their journey through the worlds of the afterlife when still-living relatives perform meritorious deeds in their honor,” she elaborated later.

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