The Contenders: Xuan Liu Optimistic and Tweeting For Ivey

BLUFF Contender Xuan Liu has two cashes for upwards of $8,000 at the 2013 WSOP.

BLUFF Contender Xuan Liu has two cashes for upwards of $8,000 at the 2013 WSOP.

Xuan Liu has contributed a little more than $8,000 to the nearly $250,000 won by BLUFF’s Contenders at the 2013 WSOP and while she is about even for the summer so far, she is optimistic she will leave Las Vegas in the black.

“I’ve had a few deep runs, but during my first Series I didn’t get my first cash until the third week, so that was super devastating mentally,” Liu said. “So this time I’m almost even and there is a good chance it can go uphill from here. Plus I feel like I’m playing super well and focused.”

Liu has played nine events so far and first cashed for 369th in the Millionaire Maker for $4,024 and then went on to cash in 44th for $4,270 in the $1,500 HORSE.

With her largest WSOP cash to date coming from the 2012 WSOP $1,500 HORSE where she finished sixth for $29,985, Liu was initially worried her mixed game play was a little rusty this year as she had been focusing on No Limit Hold’em for some time. Her recent cash in another HORSE tournament brought back some self-assurance.

“I did make a few mistakes but overall the best thing you can do in these kinds of events is just to play pretty tight,” Liu said. “The strategy I focused on was to not get myself in to many marginal spots. Once I started getting going there on Day 2 I gained some confidence back and it all came back to me.”

Liu is also staying physically and mentally fit away from the felt. She attends yoga classes and recently hired Annette Obrestad’s personal trainer to stay healthy during the summer. And while she is focusing on her game and physical health, Liu has also picked another noteworthy extracurricular activity.

Liu found herself seated with Phil Ivey and Dan O’Brien on Day 1 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max when the conversation turned to Twitter.

“Phil Ivey has been trying to use Twitter more and started asking me and Dan O’Brien for advice,” Liu said. “He basically gave us full reign over his Twitter so we’ve been pumping out some Tweets on his official account. We are showing him the ropes and telling him what he should Tweet about. He mentioned us in a couple of Tweets and I’ve gotten about 20 new followers. We are having a lot of fun.”

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