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Igor Kurganov Busts Girlfriend Liv Boeree From World Series Of Poker Main Event

Bracelet-Winning Poker Couple Finds Themselves Seated At Same Starting Table


The first day of the 2019 World Series of Poker main event kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas with more than 1,300 entrants in the initial starting flight.

One player who will not be advancing to day 2 is EPT champion Liv Boeree, who found herself seated at the same starting table as her boyfriend, high-stakes pro Igor Kurganov. While some players may enjoy a day of poker with their significant other, Boeree was looking for a softer table draw (which got even tougher when Dan Smith and Brian Altman took their seats.)

Unfortunately for the poker power couple, which won bracelets together in the 2017 $10,000 tag team event, they just couldn’t avoid each other when it came to confrontations on the felt.

In level 3, Boeree moved all-in over the top of a raise from Altman. The action folded around to Kurganov in the big blind, and he looked down at pocket kings.

You might not relish the thought of knocking your girlfriend out of the $10,000 main event, but Kurganov seemingly got a kick out of it.

After putting in a four-bet to isolate and seeing Boeree’s AHeart Suit JHeart Suit, Kurganov reportedly said, “Let me do it. I’ll never get the chance ever again!”

Boeree flopped a flush draw but couldn’t get any more help as the dealer produced a board of QHeart Suit 8Heart Suit 8Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit 4Spade Suit. She was sent to the rail while her boyfriend stacked the last of her chips. Kurganov finished the day with a healthy count of 129,100.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a poker couple battle it out at the same table. In April of 2018, Tim Reilly knocked his wife Ness out of a WSOP Circuit main event at Planet Hollywood while both players were already in the money.

Last summer, Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen infamously took first and second place in a Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series event, although the two took some heat for how the awkward situation was handled during three-handed play.