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Nadal vs. Selbst

Tags: ATP Monte Carlo Master, pokerstars, rada nadal, tennis, Vanessa Selbst, women poker.
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 by "T".

Here's something to look forward to for those of you who love poker and tennis equally! Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst and Team PokerStars SportStars Rafa Nadal will play against each other in a heads-up poker game at Casino de Monte Carlo on Friday, April 11!

Nadal, the world's No. 1 tennis player, will be in Monaco for the ATP Monte Carlo Master, a tournament he has won 8 times in a row to date! Although he will be up against some of the world's best players in that tournament, the question is whether the heads-up match against Vanessa Selbst will be his toughest challenge in Monaco!

Selbst is without any doubt the world's best female poker player at the moment. She has won over $9.6 million playing live poker tournaments, including two World Series of Poker titles! Nadal on the other hand, is not only an extremly competitive player on the tennis court but also when it comes to playing Texas Hold'em.

He won a charity tournament last december where he had overcome, for example, Brazilian football legend Ronaldo and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. His most recent achievement was a win of a heads-up micro stakes challenge on PokerStars earlier this year. Nadal won 50 of 75 hands against his fellow countrymen (Spain) and took home €3,000 that was given to charity.

May the best man/women win!

 


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21 comments for "Nadal vs. Selbst"

 bowie19844/8/2014 9:00:39 AM GMT
If I ever get to the french riviera again the last thing I would want to do is playing some cards.
Im not sure, but Nadal probably lives in Monaco for tax reasons as many other tennis pro, amiright? There you go, now its totally makes sense to calculate odds in a dark room instead going outside to bath in the sun.
He could do it every other day.

Brazilian football legend Fat Ronaldo is playing cards too?
I wonder how many zeroes has he lost at the poker tables in Madrid and Italy when he played there.
 ddblt19704/8/2014 9:28:21 AM GMT
Since they have so much money, they could live in their home country and support the economy of this country and not just live in a tax haven.
 doubletop7774/8/2014 9:28:42 AM GMT
This should be very interesting to watch and i am looking forward to reading about the outcome. Rafael Nadal seems to know his way around a poker table but playing against Vanessa will be very difficult
 marqis4/8/2014 10:46:52 AM GMT
Is Nadal opted in on sharkscope? I wonder what his graph would look like... I can't imagine he's a winning player, considering the professionals he's up against (or is this match an exception?).

Against Selbst, he could win the odd match, but he must be a huge underdog in this one.
 nike23104/8/2014 10:51:07 AM GMT
this should be good match. rafa surprised me ,he plays poker well. altough not like tennis but he is very multi talented i guess Smile good luck to both,it will be a lot of fun Smile
 yayoav4/8/2014 12:38:34 PM GMT
GOGOGO Nadal Smile
 yout854/8/2014 12:53:14 PM GMT
Posted by marqis:
Is Nadal opted in on sharkscope? I wonder what his graph would look like... I can't imagine he's a winning player, considering the professionals he's up against (or is this match an exception?).

Against Selbst, he could win the odd match, but he must be a huge underdog in this one.


It seems he exclusively plays cash game... unless he plays under a different screen name... but I doubt that.

The only recorded tournament for him is the Sunday Storm a couple of years ago... He didn't cash.

For reference, I'll make a thread with a bunch of celeb's poker names - could be interesting to some people...
 Heskor4/8/2014 2:36:48 PM GMT
If it waa tennis Nadal would probably win 2-0 and 6-0 in each set I presume anyway this will be a nice match up by looking how nadal play against a professional poker play. A must watch encounter so do not miss it. As usual i will be supporting the underdog that is Nadal here, which is rare Big Smile Cheers thanks for the news!
 PixBJelovar4/8/2014 3:49:29 PM GMT
nadal will retire deu knee injury
 highyeah4/8/2014 4:02:11 PM GMT
I don't think that rafa nadal will win against selbst. It's true that he won a charity tournament (he just got lucky) but this time it's HU vs the best female player
So i don't think that he will get crushed by selbst, a high stake player vs a recreational nadal
 teddybears734/8/2014 8:34:49 PM GMT
i hope Nadal crushes her but i can't see it happening as she's probably a bit too good for him.
Selbst is one of those players i just don't like (although she will not be bothered about that Smile )
gl Rafa Thumbs Up
 ddblt19704/9/2014 1:41:51 PM GMT
If Nadal will be getting good cards and Selbst will make a ridiculous blowup (like she sometimes does), he can have some chances.
 gufra204/9/2014 4:48:27 PM GMT
that good news: D
anyone know if they will convey to view online?
Nadal has improved his game and I would like to see it in action.
 Fakiry4/9/2014 6:13:28 PM GMT
If we analyse this heads up carefully we easily realise Selbst has got all the odds on her side. I think everything will be decided either too quick for her or in any lack of concentration Nadal can use in his favour against her. But if I would bet in one of them it would for sure be on her.
 demodawggy4/9/2014 8:17:57 PM GMT
A lawyer and a ping pong players heads up in poker....! I'll go with the lawyer in this one... Thumbs Up

One nice thing about this is that there will be no moaning, groaning, squealing, and grunting like someone's trying to stick tennis balls up the players' butts... Confused

Tennis is a great sport,...but I just CAN'T handle all the sound effects coming from the court...! Aww crap!
 noonlion4/9/2014 9:18:57 PM GMT
Nadal seems to be a really cool customer at the table. I reckon he would be able to do well as a semi-pro once he loses it on the court.

Genuinely nice dude too - hope he skelps Selbst!
 ackronik4/10/2014 1:10:08 AM GMT
yout85 i would find it interesting....great idea
 ddblt19704/10/2014 2:12:00 PM GMT
Maybe she will let him win.

 teknoboy4/11/2014 7:47:13 PM GMT
This would be a funny playing, more likely she will be admiring this handsome spanish tennis player Cool

How could he even get read on Vanessa ? no way IMO Blink
 teddybears734/11/2014 8:05:54 PM GMT
Posted by teknoboy:
This would be a funny playing, more likely she will be admiring this handsome spanish tennis player Cool






Shock i don't think there's much chance of that. being as she's gay Blink
 ddblt19704/12/2014 7:16:55 PM GMT
Yes she is, when I saw her first time, I thought, that she seems like a lesbian.

And then I heard somewhere that she really is. Big Smile

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