Topics Discussed in Lex Fridman Podcast #314 – Lex Fridman & Liv Boeree: Poker and game theory, Dating optimally, Learning, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Greatest poker player ever, Bluffing, Losing, Mutually assured destruction, Simulation hypothesis, Moloch, Beauty, Quantifying life, Existential risks, AI, Energy healing, Astrophysics, Aliens, Advice for young people, Music, Meaning of life.

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Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree is a British science communicator, television presenter and former professional poker player. She is a World Series of Poker and European Poker Tour champion, and is the only female player in history to win both a WSOP bracelet and an EPT event. Boeree is a 3× winner of the Global Poker Index European Female Player of the year. As of September 2021, having retired in late 2019, Boeree still ranks among the top ten women in poker history in terms of all-time money winnings. Boeree has written a number of articles and opinion pieces on various scientific and rationality topics. Her publications include a article discussing the philosophical implications of Future of Humanity Institute's 2018 Paper "Dissolving the Fermi Paradox", a Vice Media article on a discovered crystalline pattern in prime numbers and an opinion piece in The Independent on the importance of rational thinking classes in mainstream education. Her June 2020 byline in Nature, reviewing the latest book by Maria Konnikova, lists her as a "science communicator and former professional poker player."

Books Mentioned in this Podcast with Liv Boeree and Lex Fridman:

Book Title: #Positivity – You Are Always in the Right Place at the Right Time

Author: Phil Hellmuth Jr.

Book Title: Novacene – The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence

Author: James Lovelock

Book Title: Gaja

Author: James Lovelock

Liv Boeree on Lex Fridman Podcast: Delving into Poker, Game Theory, and the Intricacies of Decision-Making

In a riveting episode of the Lex Fridman Podcast, Liv Boeree, a celebrated poker player and astrophysicist, shares her insights into the world of poker, game theory, and the fascinating interplay between luck and skill in decision-making processes.

The Role of Luck in Poker and Life

Boeree explores the pivotal role of luck, emphasizing its diminishing influence over larger sample sizes. While luck may play a significant role in short-term scenarios, the quality of decisions and strategies becomes paramount in the long run. This perspective not only applies to poker but can be extrapolated to life, underscoring the importance of consistent and informed decision-making.

Game Theory: Deciphering Complex Strategies

Diving into the realm of game theory, Boeree touches upon the complexities of crafting strategies, especially in games like poker. The conversation delves into the nuances of understanding opponents' betting strategies and how optimal decision-making can shift the odds in a player's favor over time.

Meditation and Decision-Making under Pressure

Reflecting on the high-pressure environment of poker, Boeree highlights the significance of meditation and mental calmness. By mastering the art of meditating in the moment, players can think clearly and make optimal decisions, even when faced with high stakes.


This episode of the Lex Fridman Podcast offers listeners a deep dive into the world of poker, game theory, and the psychology of decision-making. Liv Boeree's unique blend of expertise in both poker and astrophysics provides a refreshing perspective on the challenges and rewards of mastering complex games and life decisions.