Vanessa Selbst Wins $2,500 Buy-In Six-Handed Ten-Game Mix (Event #52)
Poker Phenom Now at Two Gold Bracelet Victories -- and Climbing
Las Vegas, NV (July 1, 2012) – This very well may go down as the most exciting day in poker history. Consider the events of Sunday:
1. Three World Series of Poker gold bracelet winners. 2. The 2012 Ladies World Poker Championship. 3. Two 3,000-plus player fields.
4. And, the biggest buy-in poker tournament in the history of the world.
These were the headlines coming out of the Rio Las Vegas on Sunday.
But Vanessa Selbst may deserve a front page story all her own for what she accomplished on this night. She won the $2,500 buy-in Six-Handed Ten-Game Mix tournament, which was completed at the tail end of a historic day.
The Yale University Law School graduate and poker superstar from New York City defeated a tough tournament lineup of 421 players. She pocketed a whopping $244,259 in prize money. The online star and poker icon was also presented with her second WSOP gold bracelet.
Selbst's first victory took place in 2008, in the Pot-Limit Omaha championship. Entering this year's WSOP, she had been the last female to win an open (to both sexes) event. In fact, a record 251 tournaments passed between Selbst's victory four years ago and (female) Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman winning the record-breaking Seniors World Championship two weeks ago. However, Selbst has essentially won back to back titles with regards to women in open events.
Remarkably, Selbst is just as the start of what could be a very long and lucrative poker career. In fact, should she continue to perform at this high a level as she's done in recent years, perhaps the word female will ultimately be removed from any discussion, and she will simply be known as "the best tournament player in the game today."
The more comprehensive official report of this tournament, with much more news and official data, will be posted soon to WSOP.com.
-- by Nolan Dalla