Ms. Selbst picked up her third WSOP bracelet in the tournament and with it a prize of $871, 148 to add to the more than $10 million she has already won in live poker tournaments.
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Vanessa Selbst, despite being only 29 years old, has long since become an opponent to be reckoned with on the Texas Holdem poker tournament circuit.
Vanessa wasted little time to display that she means business in this year’s 2014 World Series of Poker in the $25, 000 buy-in mixed-max no limit hold’em event, the first of the season, and in the taking the lead in yet another category, the number of World Series of Poker gold bracelets won by a female, adding to her distinction of being the highest earning female tournament player of all time , having won in excess of $10 million in prize money since she emerged on the televised poker scene in her early twenties, after gaining valuable experience as an online player.
In order to win the mixed-max no limit Holdem event keynote talk with a field numbering 131 other games leading players coming back in decisive style from far behind the leader Jason Mo in chip count to take first place in the final heads up part of the tournament, to take home the 22nd six-figure prize money she has earned during her career.
Winning the tournament pushed Ms. Selbst’s lifetime tournament into the top 25 in the all-time money list, while strengthening her position as the most successful female poker player history
The $25, 000 buy-in mixed-max no limit Hold’em event was as much a test of Vanessa’s versatility as a poker player as well as her staying power, with the event beginning on the first day with players competing in traditional nine-handed no-limit Hold’em, which reverted during the second day to a knockout six players per table, with the way on the day of the tournament they were four players to each table of the tournament trimming to four. On the final round, four players were seeded based on chip count into two heads-up matches, with Vanessa coming back from behind on both occasions to emerge as the tournament winner.
The tournament organisers staged the event in that fashion to test the player’s ability to compete in several different variations of play in Texas Holdem poker, a skill which Ms Selbst has consistently shown during her poker career that she handles with ease.
Vanessa Selbst is a graduate of Yale University, with a degree in Political Science, retuning to take some time from her poker career to attend Yale Law School, where she gained her Law Degree in 2012.