Kathy Liebert Eliminated in 12th Place in Dramatic Fashion by Lisa Costello

Dec 7, 2023

Kathy Liebert and Kathy Stahl
Photo:  Kathy Liebert (left) didn’t celebrate her set of queens on the turn, but she and Kathy Stahl (right) couldn’t help but react to the river card.

Kathy Liebert is all in from the small blind for 765,000 with Spade QHeart Q, and she needs it to hold to stay alive against the Spade ADiamond K of Lisa Costello in the cutoff.

The flop comes Club JDiamond 7Club 2, and Liebert’s queens are still ahead.

The turn card is the Club Q, giving Liebert a set of queens, but Costello picks up a gutshot straight draw. Liebert needs to avoid a ten on the river to double up.

The river card is — the Spade 10.

Lisa Costello
Photo:  It seemed like the only one who was silent when the dramatic river card hit was the beneficiary, Lisa Costello.

Everyone at the table reacts loudly — with the notable exception of Costello — as Costello rivers an ace-high straight to win the pot, eliminating fan favorite Kathy Liebert in 12th place.

Lisa Costello  –  2,400,000  (80 bb)
Kathy Liebert  –  Eliminated in 12th Place  ($5,218)

Liebert made this final table last year, finishing in fifth place, and was so close to making back-to-back final tables in this event. Liebert is one of the most successful players in WPT history, with more than $2 million in career earnings and six WPT final tables.

Kathy Liebert Eliminated by Lisa Costello
Photo:  Kathy Liebert (center) walks off after coming so close to back-to-back final tables in this event, while Lisa Costello (foreground, left) stacks her chips.

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