October 18, 2021
SANTO DOMINGO, DR, March 20, 2002 – PartyPoker.com, the world’s fastest growing online poker room, today announced that Kathy Liebert was crowned the PartyPoker.com Million Champion and awarded the first prize of $1,000,000 in the first annual PartyPoker.com Million Tournament. By capturing the PartyPoker.com Million title, Kathy Leibert became the first woman ever to win a major poker event. In addition to Kathy’s achievements, amateur Berj Kacherian, shocked the poker world by out-dueling the field, including 8 world champions, to finish second in his first ever poker tournament.
Kathy and Internet qualifier from Los Angeles, Berj Kacherian, were the final two players in the weeklong tournament and faced off for over 2 hours in the final round. Both Kathy and Berj competed against some of the world’s best poker players, as well as a field of recreational poker players that qualified at PartyPoker.com, in a live limit Hold ‘em poker tournament aboard a Mexican Riviera cruise to win the championship and million dollar first prize — the second largest ever in poker history. A true amateur, this was Berj’s first tournament of any kind, as he truly honed his skills online at PartyPoker.com. In some of the most dramatic poker play in a tournament ever, Berj won a series of high stakes hands against 3rd place winner Phil Hellmuth, 1989 World Series of Poker champion and seven time World Series of Poker finalist to claim second place and approximately $93,000.
Kathy Liebert, a resident of Downey, California and Las Vegas, Nevada began playing poker as a child, and has been playing tournament poker since 1994. Currently ranked as the fifth largest money winner on the World Series Of Poker money list for women, Kathy Liebert is now the first woman to ever win a major poker tournament in a field …