Vanessa Selbst

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Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst.jpg
Selbst after winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2008 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Vanessa Selbst
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Born (1984-07-09) July 9, 1984 (age 34)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 3
Final table(s) 8
Money finish(es) 20
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
73rd, 2012
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 2
Money finish(es) 3
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 4
Information accurate as of 16 July 2014.

Vanessa K. Selbst (born July 9, 1984) works for Bridgewater Associates investment management firm and is a successful poker player, the only woman to ever reach the number one ranking in the world on the Global Poker Index.[1] She has over US$11.8 million in live poker tournament earnings and is a member of Team Pokerstars Pro, where she plays under the username "V. Selbst".[2]

Selbst has three World Series of Poker bracelets and is the first and only female to win three WSOP bracelets in open field events.[3] She is also the only poker player to win the same North American Poker Tour Main Event back-to-back.[4][5] In January 2013 Selbst won the PCA high roller for $1.4 million, which made her the highest earning female in poker history.[6]

Selbst was born in Brooklyn, New York into a Jewish family.[7] She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a year[8] before transferring to Yale University, where she graduated with a degree in political science. After Yale, on a Fulbright scholarship, she spent a year in Spain. On her return to the United States, she worked for consulting firm McKinsey & Company.[7] She later returned to Yale Law School and received her law degree in 2012. During her time at Yale University, she was head of the Yale Queer-Straight Alliance.[9] Selbst was a coach and executive producer for DeucesCracked, an online poker training site.[10] In 2013, she married her partner of three and a half years.[11] She and her wife reside in New York.

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Event Prize money
2008 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha $227,933
2012 $2,500 10-Game Six Handed $244,259
2014 $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em $871,148

Other poker results[edit]

Selbst has 21 live poker tournament results equaling six figure paydays or above.[12]

Selbst has made five Main Event final tables of various poker tours and gone on to capture three titles. She attended her first World Series at Las Vegas in 2006.[13] She won the 2010 North American Poker Tour $5,000 Mohegan Sun Main Event, earning $750,000[4] and returned the following year to successfully defend her title. She earned $450,000 for her 2011 1st-place finish and became the first and only person to win two consecutive NAPT Main Events.[5] To date, Selbst's biggest purse was when she won €1,300,000 ($1.82 million) for her first-place finish at the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour.[14]

She has made four High Roller final tables, winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller in January, 2013. She is the first woman to ever play in a Super High Roller event, taking third place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 buy in tournament in January 2014.[15]

As of 2018, Selbst's total live tournament winnings exceed $11,850,000.[16][2]

  1. ^ "Vanessa Selbst's profile on GPI". Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  2. ^ a b Grant, Nico. "Player Joins the World's Biggest Hedge Fund". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Vanessa Selbst Wins Third World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet In $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'Em". 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  4. ^ a b [1] Live Reporting | 2010 NAPT Mohegan Sun | 2010 NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event | PokerNews
  5. ^ a b [2] Live Reporting | 2011 North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun | Main Event | PokerNews
  6. ^ "2013 PCA: Vanessa Selbst becomes top-earning female tournament player -". Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Vanessa Selbst Wins $1 Million Prize At Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout". Jewish Business News. 20 May 2016.
  8. ^ Habib, Daniel G. (2005-05-30). "Online And Obsessed". Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  9. ^ "Vanessa Selbst biography". Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  10. ^ DALLA, NOLAN. "Event #19: Pot-Limit Omaha championship - Vanessa Selbst from Brooklyn, NY Wins!". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  11. ^ "Vanessa Selbst Performs Ultimate Double-Range Merge". PokerStarsBlog. 2013-09-12. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  12. ^ "Vanessa Selbst results". Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  13. ^ "Vanessa Selbst's Tournament History". Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  14. ^ "♣ Poker en Ligne Gratuit - La Communauté Poker France - Poker Internet". Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  15. ^ "2014 PCA Super High Roller: The Final Table is Set!". Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Vanessa Selbst's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved 9 August 2017.

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