August 6, 2007 - Making a Home in London, and Favored to Win Women's World Open Event!
I'm starting to get settled here in London. I'm looking for an flat to rent, and I knew the cost of living over here is more than the U.S., but wow! To rent a flat in areas where I prefer to live, it will cost about 800-1000 pounds per week, which is equal to about $1600-$2000. Per week? Eek! So, I'm still looking for one that I will really like.
My agent, Stephen, welcomed me to London last week by taking me to the Cartier Windsor Polo Event, which was a great time. I've never seen a polo match before!
I played in the Ladbrokes event that I talked about in my last blog with other players like Tony G and Kirill Gerasimov, coming in fourth place, but it wasn't good enough to move on to the semi-finals. A player from Ladbrokes won that heat, but even though I didn't advance, it was a great tournament. The best part was that I got a chance to see my good friend, Patrik Antonius, who also played in the event. It had been a while since I had seen him, and it was good to catch up on everything in our lives. After the Ladbrokes event, both me and Patrik had alot of meetings and interviews we had to attend to and I also did a photo shoot with Inside Edge Magazine.
The PartyPoker Women's World Open begins here in London tomorrow, but I'm scheduled to play in Heat 3 on Wednesday, 8/8. The list of people in my heat are all pros - Michelle Bricknell, Pippa Flanders, Hina Modha, Jackie Vaswani, and me. Here is the most recent press release that PartyPoker had sent out which also includes PartyBets.com betting odds....
COUNTDOWN TO WOMEN'S WORLD OPEN
LIZ LIEU FAVOURITE TO WIN BUT HARTREE, TILLY, FLANDERS, ROKACH AND 'BAD GIRL' NOT FAR BEHIND
London - August 6, 2007 - The countdown is on to the inaugural PartyPoker Women's World Open in London, which gets underway on Tuesday 7th August and runs until Friday 10th August. The 36 runner field features the strongest line-up ever assembled for a women's poker tournament in Europe and bookmakers www.PartyBets.com make Liz Lieu the 6/1 favourite to win.
A PartyBets.com spokesman said: "Liz is one of the most fearsome players in the world and her performances at PartyPoker Premier League poker mean we had to make her favourite. The UK's Katherine Hartree is not far behind. Over the last couple of years Katherine has been one of the most consistent female poker players in Europe and she has the knowledge and experience in this format."
Others in the field include Jennifer Tilly (9/1) and Shannon Elizabeth (33/1). Academy Award nominated actress Tilly has won WPT and WSOP titles, while Elizabeth, best known for her role as a beauty in the film American Pie, recently made third in the NBC Heads-Up Championship in the US.
The tournament is PartyPoker's first ever all-female event and will be produced by Matchroom Sport. A similar format to the annual PartyPoker World Open will be followed, as 36 players from across the globe battle it out for a share a $108,000 prize-fund. The buy-in for the tournament is set at $3,000, with the eventual winner taking home a cool $50,000. Amongst the European challengers apart from Katherine Hartree will be Xuyen "Bad Girl" Pham, former PartyPoker World Open winner Pippa Flanders, European Ladies champion Jackie Meecham, Jackie Vaswani and Deborah Rogers. Others to recently confirm their participation include Lucy Rokach, Beverly Pace, Jen Mason, Maria Demetriou and Kara Scott.
The show will be televised in the UK later in the year on Five. Commentary will be provided by Jesse May and Shannon Elizabeth.
For a list of odds see: http://www.partybets.com/cgi-bin/bf.cgi?Lid=67754&Sid=66719&Etid=180&l=en
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