Russian Poker Star and Instagram Influencer Found Dead in Her Home

June 14, 2019 Updated: June 14, 2019

A Russian poker player and Instagram influencer was found dead in her Moscow apartment.

Liliya Novikova, who was a well-known member of the online poker playing community, was found by an elderly neighbor, according to Russian media reports, dead in her bathroom.

Russia’s Investigative Committee (SK) was cited by BBC as saying the 26-year-old’s death was due to electrocution.

“During the initial examination, traces of an electrical injury were found on the victim’s body,” a source told the Russian news agency TASS, as cited by CNN.

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Preliminary media reports suggest her death was an accident due to electrocution. (Liliya Novikova/Facebook)

Russia Today corroborated the report that Novikova suffered an electric shock while using a hairdryer but noted she may have fatally struck her head as she fell.

No official report on the woman’s death has been released yet, but an autopsy is expected to confirm the exact cause.

Multiple Russian media reports suggest authorities are treating her death as an accident.

Welfare Check

The Evening Standard reported that Novikova’s parents raised an alarm when they could not get in touch with her.

The Moskovsky Komsomolets, a Russian daily, was cited in the BBC report as noting that the elderly neighbor that found her body had a key to her apartment and was asked by the parents to perform a welfare check.

“Relatives became agitated when the girl stopped responding to phone calls and asked her neighbour to check on her,” a Russian official told TASS, as cited by Australia’s ABC news.

“She found the girl’s body.”

Novikova was an active contributor on, a live online gaming streaming platform. Russia Today reported she had a contract with PokerStars, an online poker cardroom that bills itself as “the world’s largest poker room” with “the biggest tournaments online.”

The Twitter account for PokerStars sent out condolences.

PokerStars Ambassador Lex Veldhuis, who is also active on the Twitch streaming platform, shared his condolences, saying, “she had such a good influence on poker/twitch community through her hard work and efforts.”

“I’ve always admired all the many different things she did. What a tragic loss, and so young,” he wrote.

Team Pokerstars Pro player, Liv Boeree commented on her death: “Utterly heartbreaking. She was such a sweet, beautiful and talented girl who worked so hard to promote the game. Rest in peace lady.”

Condolences were also expressed in comments on her posts on Instagram, where she boasted more than 17,000 followers.

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На что надо обратить внимание при переходе на новый стол/новую поляну. Недавно я решила бросить себе вызов и месяц покатать кэш зум. Мтт, конечно же, очень сильно отличаются от данного типа игры, поэтому мне пришлось аджаститься под поляну. Вот мои несколько советов на что стоит обратить внимание, чтобы не быть белой вороной на лимите. 1. Сайзинги. Если мы в мтт привыкли рейзить 2-2,5 бб, то в кэше, где я играю, если ты сток зарейзишь, то на тебя посмотрят как на говно, ну и заколит пол стола. Поэтому смотрим сколько обычный сайзинг рейза этого стола и подстраиваемся. 2. Лики. Сразу обратить внимание кто, что и как играет и это эксплоитить. Например, часто опп делает рейз и даже не ставит кбэт, а если поставить ставку, то легко сдается. Юзаем. 3. Время. Хоть это и относится больше к кэшу, но в разное время играют по-разному. Например, где я играю, больше все шахидничают с утра или в середине ночи. 4. Тип игроков. Если есть возможность, то вам лучше пробить и понять кто играет против вас. Потому что игра рега сильно отливается от игры фиша. Ваш кэп. 5. Стиль стола. Если ваш прошлый стол был пассивным, и вы легко могли стилить, то на новом столе у вас такая страта может не прокатить, потому что вы не один умник такой 🙂 Советы все дефолтны, но многие про них просто забывают. Не забывайте, не расстраивайте вашу Лиай. _______ #russia#girl#vsco#vscocam#good#picoftheday#photography#model#selfie#look#liay5#poker#pokerstars#pokerface#покерстарс#покер#сочи#wsop#ept#partypoker #partypokerlive#pokerface#888#eapt#wpt#eapt#ept#eptsochi#casinosochi

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Novikova graduated from the faculty of engineering at the Moscow State Technical University, according to reports.

She boasts close to $100,000 in in earnings, according to poker database Hendon Mob, with her top live cash proceeds amounting to $54,068.

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