Liliya ‘Liay5’ Novikova

Liliya ‘Liay5’ Novikova

Russia’s Liliya Novikova has a solid background in competitive gaming, having previously worked as a professional videogamer specialising in the PC game Defence of the Ancients (DotA). With a childhood spent polishing her maths skills (her grandmother was a maths teacher), as well as learning games such as 5-Card Draw from the age of five, Liliya’s rise to the ranks of poker’s elite seems like a natural progression.


Following her passion for science, Liliya won a place at a Russian technical university where she went on to study engineering and design. But after a friend from her gaming team invited her to a poker tournament, she began to dream about poker, and the love affair that started in her childhood with family card games was rekindled. She started with turbo Sit & Go’s, then spent some time with a poker coach and has since gone on to become a feared - and fearless - Hyper-Turbo 6-Max player.

When not playing poker, Liliya enjoys baking and sports like snowboarding, basketball and athletics, and still loves to play videogames such as Diablo and DayZ. She hopes to use her status as a member of the team to meet new people who love poker, and to raise her game up to even greater heights. Liliya can often be found playing Hyper-Turbo 6-Max Sit & Go’s, as well as playing an increasing amount of live tournaments around Europe, and uses the screen name ‘Liay5’.

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