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Ten Players Who Make The Perfect Poker Couple
Poker’s top players spend significant time together. They travel together before spending countless hours at the tables. This sometimes leads to love blossoming and them becoming a poker couple.
Being a poker couple comes with its own problems. Poker players tend to be competitive beasts by their very nature, and want to win at all costs. Chris Moorman and his wife Katie Lindsay know this all too well. They found themselves heads up for a World Series of Poker Circuit ring online. The poker couple played in separate rooms with Moorman emerging victoriously.
The following ten players are also well-known on the poker circuit as being a solid poker couple.
Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell: The High Rolling Poker Couple
Prominent poker couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell are the high rollers of our list. The poker lovers have combined live poker tournament winnings tipping the scales at more than $25 million.
Foxen and Bicknell have dated for several years, with both winning their respective GPI Player of the Year in 2018 and again in 2019. Furthermore, Bicknell won the Female GPI Player of the Year three years in a row from 2017.
The poker couple got engaged in May 2021 with Foxen popping the question accompanied by a glorious diamond ring. Bicknell snap-called, and pair will tie the knot at a yet-to-be-determined date.
Phil Hui and Loni Hui nee Harwood: The Recently Married Poker Couple
Phil Hui and wife Loni Hui nee Harwood, are another married poker couple who met at the tables. Hui is best known for taking down the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at the 2019 WSOP. That result came with a cool $1,099,311 score; he has total winnings of $3,144,606.
Loni Hui burst onto the live poker scene in 2012 with a flurry of victories in low-stakes events. She became a regular on the WSOP Circuit and has five rings to her name. The first of Loni’s two WSOP bracelets came in 2013 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. She won a career-best $609,017 that day.
Bracelet number two came in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em National Championship in 2015, which came with $341,599 in prize money.
Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree: The Charitable Duo
Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree are a poker couple that has dated for several years. They have more than $22 million in live earnings, including a bracelet they won together. The year 2017 saw Kurganov and Boeree win the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tag Team Championship together. They shared $136,982 and each won a gold WSOP bracelet.
In addition to their obvious poker skills, Kurganov and Boeree have a charitable side to them. Both are active with the REG Charity, and pledge a percentage of their earnings to charitable causes every year.
Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly: Gracing Hollywood’s Red Carpet
Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly are a poker couple who do not play as much poker as others on this list, but they are solid grinders in their own right.
Laak, known as the Unabomber, has more than $4 million in winnings and one WSOP bracelet. He won the bracelet at the 2010 WSOP Europe festival in a £2,650 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Laak held the record for the longest continuous poker game for many years after playing for 115 hours straight. Zach Gensler broke the record on November 1, 2021, by playing 124 hours.
Tilly is an actress who love winding down by playing poker. She has earned more than $1 million from live events. Many of Tilly’s tournaments are televised specials, but she did win the 2005 Ladies Event at the WSOP.
Tilly has graced the red carpet several times. She is known for voicing Bonnie Swanson in Family Guy, and playing Tiffany Valentine in Child’s Play, in addition to starring with Jim Carey in Liar Liar.
Giovanni Rizzo and Kara Scott: Living The Dream
Giovanni Rizzo and Kara Scott are a poker couple who are living in a fairytale. The pair met at the WPT Venice Grand Prix and have been inseparable since. The became engaged in April 2013 and married later in 2013. They lived in Parma, Italy before moving to Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Giovanni mixes cash games and tournament poker, and is considered one of the best Italian players. Scott is mostly known as a superb host and broadcaster, although she was the 2009 Irish Open Main Event runner-up which netted her €312,600 ($413,612).