£1m poker face - Monday 21st of January 2013

A BRITISH model who has a degree in astrophysics has won £1.1MILLION in a poker tournament.

Liv Boeree, 25, beat 1,240 contestants to scoop the PokerStars European Poker Tour top prize.

She only had a pair of fives in the final hand ó but held her nerve against Swede Jakob Carlssonís ace high and a six.

She told The Sun: ďI canít believe it, Iím still pinching myself that Iíve won a million pounds. I donít feel like a millionaire because Iím still wearing my grubby old clothes.

ďBut Iím sure when Iíve bought a little place in Las Vegas, a big house in the English countryside and a brand new car I will feel a bit more minted!Ē

Liv, dubbed the Iron Maiden for her love of heavy metal music, only began playing competitive poker four years ago.

She became the third woman to win the EPT. Liv said after the tournament in San Remo, Italy: ďIt took six days and by the end I was running on adrenaline.

ďWhen I eventually won, I just jumped up and started whooping.Ē

Her win sends her total winnings to £1.8million in just three years ó but she still lives with her parents in Milstead, Kent.

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