After 12 years as a professional poker player, Vanessa Selbst wrote in her Facebook page on New Year's Eve that in 2018, she will be retiring from the world of poker.
Selbst, age 33, ends her career with almost $12 million in lifetime tournament earnings, which included a total of three World Series of Poker bracelets. She has almost double the tourney earnings as that of Kathy Liebert, the second most successful female tournament player of all time when it comes to total winnings.
As the US Election draws near, it is the norm that people's opinions will tend to clash, but this online argument between two highly-recognized personalities in the pro poker community is really something else - a politically-driven discussion on Twitter last September 22 has quickly escalated into a personal one between three-time WSOP bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst and Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson.
In the world of poker, players can get some extra entertainment (and a lot of money as well) by means of winning at side/prop bets. It is the norm that poker pros will usually make side bets while they play in the tournaments, and the events in World Series of Poker (WSOP) are no exception. What makes such side bets truly interesting is that there are those that are bigger than others, and there are some that are downright extreme.
The final episode of the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, an invite online freeroll that was played in June, aired on U.S. television last Wednesday. Five poker professionals (Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Selbst) played against each other at one table while five celebrities (Hank Azaria, Kevin Pollak, Don Cheadle, Brad Garrett and Norm Macdonald) did the same at another table. The last survior from each table then played heads-up (best of 3 matches) for a $1 million first-place prize.
The very first Annual American Poker Awards Ceremony (sponsored by PokerStars) took place in Beverly Hills on February 27th, 2015, and around 200 guests attended the event, including elite poker players, industry leaders and operators from the North American Poker World.
Another day of action-packed poker has come to an end at the Hilton Prague hotel and now there are now only 22 players left from a field of 1,107 entries. The chip leader is Fabio Sperling with 4.3 million in chips, and his closest opponent is Stephen Graner with 3.2 million.
In case you missed it, a unique event called WPT Monster Invitational took place last Sunday at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The invited players were Scotty Nguyen, Antonio Esfandiari, Tony Dunst, Vanessa Selbst, Phil Laak and David Williams.
Vanessa Selbst Wins Event #2: Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em
Although Jason Mo dominated a great part of the final heads-up match of Event #2: Mixed Max No-Limit Hold'em, it was Vanessa Selbst who stood tall as the winner at the end of all! Besides the top prize of $871,148 (She now has over $10 million in career live tournament earnings), Selbst received her third WSOP gold bracelet for besting a field of 131 entries! Jason Mo received $538,308 for his second place finish, which was his third runner-up finish in a WSOP event since 2010!
Day 1A of EPT Sanremo (a city with about 57,000 inhabitants on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy) Main Event saw a field of 175 runners being narrowed down to 103 players during 8 levels of play. Cristiano Guerra, an Italian poker pro with nearly half a million dollars in tournament winnings, bagged up the largest stack at the end of play (148,700), and his closet opponent was Aku Joentausta from Finland with 125,500 in chips. Notables that made it through to Day 2 include Pius Heinz (80k) and Vanessa Selbst (28k).
We will be back with another brief update tomorrow once Day 1B is in the books. Stay tuned!
The world's number 1 tennis player and PokerStars ambassador Rafa Nadal is currently in Monaco to compete at the ATP Monte Carlo Masters, a tournament he has was 8 times in the past. Although Rafa hasn't played his first tennis match yet, he has played some poker...
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!
On Monday, Vanessa Selbst, the winner of the 2013 PCA High Roller, had an incredible chance to defend her title as she had the chip lead with only 14 players remaining in the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller ($25,000 buy-in, 247 entries).
Things went really well at first, and after she had sent Mustapha Kanit packing in 4th place with pocket aces against pocket jacks (all-in preflop) things looked even better as she had about 5.5 million chips - slightly behind the chip leader, Jake Schindler, and well ahead of Greg Merson, the winner of the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst is running extremly good as of late. Just about a week ago she finished 3rd in the PCA Super High Roller for $760k, then she finished in 42nd place in the Main Event for $32k this weekend, and now she's the chip leader in the $25k High Roller!
There are 234 of 1031 players remaining in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event after Day 1A and B and Day 2. The current chip leader is Pascal Lefrancois with 412,000 chips. The French-Canadian pro won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010 and finished 11th in the main event the same year. It will be interesting to follow him on the leader board during Day 3!
A big congratulations to Fabian Quoss, the winner of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller! The German pro bested an extremly tough field of 45 players (54 entries), including the final table with poker stars such as Dan Shak, Vanessa Selbst and Antonio Esfandiari, over three days of poker in the Bahamas to lay hands on $1,629,940 in prize money! According to PCA's webiste, 2013 was a rough year for Quoss on the tournament circuit, so the prize money will most probably come in handy for him.
PCA 2014 $100,000 Super High Roller Date: January 5-7, 2014 Buy-in: $100,000 Entries:: 56 (45 unique) Prize pool: $5,433,120 1st: Fabian Quoss (Germany) $1,629,940 2nd: Dan Shak (United States) $1,178,980 3rd: Vanessa Selbst (United States) $760,640 4th: Antonio Esfandiari (United States) $575,920 5th: Matt Glantz (United State) $445,520 6th: Tony Gregg (United States) $347,720 7th: Ole Schemion (Austria) $277,080 8th: Mike McDonald (Canada) $217,320
The final table at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller ($100,000 buy-in) is set after two days of intensive play in the Bahamas. The event saw a total of 56 entries creating a prize pool of approximately 5.4 million dollars, and the 7 finalists of tonight's final table are guaranteed a minimum cash of $217k - with the chance of going all the way to the first place prize of an incredible $1.6 million!
Hedge fund manager and poker pro Dan Shak will be hosting the annual "All In for Kids" charity poker event on Thursday. The event will be held at the Mandarin Oriental in New York and will be filmed for national television and air as a part of a future World Poker Tour broadcast on Fox Sports Net.
In addition to wealthy CEO's, celebrities and athletes, poker pros including Vanessa Selbst, Mike Sexton and Phil Hellmuth will participate in the tournament. The event has raised more than $4.3 million over the past five years. All money raised will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
On Friday, the last six players of a 1,189-player field battled it out on the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open final table. At the end of the night, after nearly eight levels of play, Anthony Zinno stood tall as the winner after defeating Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst heads-up.
The 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open final table is set after four intensive days of play at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City! Day 3 chip leader Cong Pham and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst (the highest-earning woman in poker) will lead the remaining 6 players into tomorrow's televised final table. The average chip count is 5.9 million and Pham has a healthy stack of 10.1 million while Selbst has 7.9 million.
Seat 1. Eric Fields - 3,150,000 (31 bb) Seat 2. Anthony Zinno - 6,935,000 (69 bb) Seat 3. Vanessa Selbst - 7,910,000 (79 bb) Seat 4. David Randall - 3,520,000 (35 bb) Seat 5. Jeremy Kottler - 3,925,000 (39 bb) Seat 6. Cong Pham - 10,190,000 (101 bb)
Another action-filled day of poker is in the books at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey and now there are only 36 players left out of 1,189 entries, which means that the final table, where some serious cash is up for grabs, is just around the corner! Cong Pham will lead the remaining players into Day 4 with 2.5 million chips, and other top stacks are Jake Schwartz (2,145,000), David Johnston (2,050,000), David Randall (2,020,000), and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst (1,739,000).
All the remaining players are guaranteed a minimum cash of $14,777 - with the chance of taking home the first prize of a whopping $825,099! We will be back with another brief update tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Vanessa Selbst made history last night when she won the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25k High Roller, earning $1,424,420. The 28-year-old Team PokerStars Pro now has more than $6 million to her name, which means that she's the biggest female winner in tournament poker history (about $1.1 more than former number 1: Kathy Libert).
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25k High Roller attracted 204 entries (44 rebuys). After 2 days of play, the field has now been reduced to 8 players, who will battle it out on tonight's final table - where a $1.4 million first place prize is up for grabs!
The chip leader is Shaun Deeb (picture) with 2,535,000 - almost 1 million more than his closest opponent. Deeb will be joined by the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst, Tobias Reinkeimer from Germany, and Canadian poker pro Michael "SirWatts" Watson, who won over $2 million dollars at live tournaments last year. The final table will be broadcasted (1 hour delay) tonight at 20:00 CET (14:00 ET).
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In the most recent episode of the 2012 EPT Berlin Main Event, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst and Kevin MacPhee played a very interesting hand. Selbst betted 17k from UTG, MacPhee reraised to 37,000. Selbst made it 79k, and MacPhee 5-bet to 131k. Selbst asked Kevin MacPhee how much he had left, then went all in. MacPhee made the call after 1 minute of going through potential hands Selbst could have.
Since the inception of the November Nine 2008, there have been quite a few stories about how the finalists have practiced and prepared before the WSOP Main Event final table. Some of the finalists have even hired other poker players to help them improve their game. This year is no different...
Just a few hours after Matthew Salsberg, producer of the popular TV series Weeds, took down the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the main event at WPT Malta kicked off at Portomaso Casino in St.Julians. Day 1a only attacked a field of 64 players willing to pay the €3,300 buy-in. The reason for this might be because of several expensive WCOOP on PokerStrars and/or that WPT Grand Prix de Paris was to close.
After five levels of action-filled poker, Day 3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event came to an end with 720 remaining players. It started over 12 hours ago when 1,738 players returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with hopes of making it through the day, and Gaelle Baumann from France had the lead with 505,800 chips.
Both Day 1 a and b have now come to an end with approximately 900 survivors, who now will get to rest a bit before it's time for Day 3 to start. Among the survivors you'll find notable players such David Diaz, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, Gavin Smith, Katie Dozier, Bernard Lee, Amnon Filippi, Dani Stern, Mike McDonald, Taylor Paur, Sammy Farha, Brock Parker, Jackie Glazier, David Pham, Gabe Kaplan, Kevin Pollak, Brian Hastings, Eric Baldwin and Faraz Jaka to name a few.
The second out of the three opening fields in this year's WSOP Main Event concluded late on Monday night. Main event 1B attracted no less then 2,114 players. This means that the two starting fields has so far a total of 3,180 participants. From the 1B starting field only 1,387 remained after the first 12 hour opening session. In combination with the remaining players from the 1A field, the number of players that, as of now, will continue to day 2 is 2,044. According to WSOP.com reporter Nolan Dalla "Predictions indicate that at there will be more players for Day 1C than Day 1A and Day 1B combined".
Like the 1A field, the 1B field also saw some past bracelet winners leave during the first session. These included the 2001 world champion Carlos Mortensen, 2004 Main Event winner Greg Raymer and the mighty five time WSOP bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen.
The Main Event 1B concluded with John Hoang as the chipleader. The top ten standings from Day 1B is: 1. John Hoang - 180,000 2. James Schafer - 171,250 3. Vanessa Selbst - 168,350 4. Anh Van Nguyen - 163,050 5. Jeff Beckley - 158,550 6. Matthew Woodward - 158,500 7. Cornelius Foley - 146,875 8. Shawn Quillin - 146,300 9. Jason Somerville - 144,725 10. Fergal Nealon - 141,825
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst won the $2,500 Buy-in Six-Handed Ten-Game Mix (Event #52) this morning. The Yale University graduate and poker pro from New York City defeated a very tough field of players and now has a second WSOP gold bracelet and a whopping $244,259 in prize money in her bank account.
Last night the extended Day 4 of Event #29: Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship continued. Only 4 players had chips left and Dennis Phillips, best known for his 3rd place finish in the 2008 WSOP Main event, had a decent chip lead over the other players.
After some hours of battle, Dennis Phillips and Allyn Jaffrey Schulman, wife of 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event winner Barry Shulman and step-mother of 2009 WSOP Main Event final tablist Jeff Shulman, were the last 2 players of the tournament. Phillips had five-to-one chip lead at some point of the heads-up and no one thought Schulman would come back.
It was a really exciting final table of Event #2 ($1,500 NLHE) as previous bracelet winners Vanessa Selbst, JP Kelly and Andrew Badecker were on it. All eyes were on JP Kelly when the final table started, but nothing worked out for the British poker pro and he was knocked out already in 8th place.
Vanessa Selbst was the next player to hit the rail. After losing a significant pot to Jacob Bazeley, she moved all-in from cutoff holding K[d]7[d], Andrew Badecker called from small blind with K[c]Q[d]. The board ran out J[c]9[h]4[c]Q[s]8[h] and Badecker moved into the chip lead with three remaining players.
Event #2: No-Limit Hold'em (buy-in $1,500 ), which started on Monday and was the first WSOP event of 2012 that anyone could enter, is now down to 15 players and play will resume today at 1pm local time with Jacob Bazeley out in front (1,291,000 chips).
On Sunday the 43rd annual World Series of Poker kicked off with Event 1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em (final table is being played right now - 5 players remain - 732 entries in total), and last night Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em started as well.
Another exciting day of poker is now in the books (Day 2). The player field has been narrowed down to 102 and EPT Copenhagen winner Anton Wigg from Sweden is the one with the largest stack. Wigg, who has cashed in many major tournaments since 2007, seemed to be in full control throughout the day as he was winning pot after pot and turned 125k into amazing 695k!
The final table of Five Diamond World Poker Classic was probably one of the most interesting World Poker Tour final tables this year since both Antonio Esfandiari and Vanessa Selbst were on it. But unfortunately Esfandiari, who won the tournament last year had the chance to take home his 3rd WPT title, didn't do so well on the final table and was eliminated already in 6th place. Selbst did better though and she was doing well until there were only 3 players left. Then everything came to an end when she lost an all in with K9 versus James Dempsey's A9.
In case you missed it: The EPT San Remo Main Event started a couple of days ago. A massive field of 837 players signed up for the tournament and now, 3 days later, 145 players have chips left to gamble with. Chip leader is Joseph Cheong, from USA, with 632,000. Cheong has about $4,5 million in career winnings - $4,1 million from the 3rd place finish at the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
Three notable players with plenty of chips left: William Thorson in 4th place with 508k, Vanessa Selbst in 6th place with 497k, and Johnny Lodden in 20th place with 287k. Anyhow, the tournament bubble bursts when there are 128 players left. The winner of the tournament will take home stunning €800,000 while the runner-up will get €480k.
Incase you missed it: World Poker Tour Malta and Borgata Poker Open both ended a couple of days ago. Below is some information on both the tournaments.
WPT Malta The stop in Malta was the first in WPT history and it ended up being a huge success even though most of the pros decided to play Borgata Poker Open in the U.S - with exception of Kara Scott and Phil Hellmuth.
Incase you missed it: the Partocuhe Poker Tour Main Event has been running in the past 2 days. Already Day 1a and Day 1b are over and 322 players will return to the tables today and play Day 2. The current chip leader is Giuseppe Pantaleo with 265k chips. Unfortunately many of the biggest names busted during the first day, but there are still a few notables left.
Another day of the EPT Barcelona main event is now in the books, and the player field has been narrowed even further. 141 players will return to the tables in a few hours time and continue the trip towards the €850,00 first place prize. The chip leader still comes from France, however, it's no longer Guillaume Darcourt but Xavier Caruggi with 577,700.
Darcourt, the Day 2 chip leader, has dropped to 7th place and will bring 380,100 chips today. The two biggest names that will join Darcourt and Caruggi in the top of the field today are Vanessa Selbst (USA) - 364,500 chips, Victor Ramadin (USA) - 252,900 chips.
We will return with an update as soon as Day 3 comes to an end.
Day 1 a & b are now in the books and we're only hours away from Day 2. Team PokerStars Pro Ruben Visser, from Netherlands, leads the field with a 251,500 stack, and in second place is Nicolas Chority, a PokerStars qualifier, with 233,400 chips.
There are many familiar faces in the remaining player-field. However, three players (all of them Team PokerStars Pros) to keep an extra eye on during Day 2 are Viktor Ramadin in 5th place with 190,500, Vanessa Selbst in 13th place with 161,500, and Joe Cada in 23rd place with 135,500 chips.
Last night the NAPT Mohegan Sun final table was played! 8 players of 387 made it to the final table and in the lead was young gun Tyler Kenney (Bryn Kenney's brother) and in second place defending champion & Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. After hours of play, Tyler Kenney had been knocked-out in 3rd place, which left Dan Shak and Vanessa Selbst playing heads-up.
The NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event final table is set and 8 players are about to fight for some serious cash. Tyler Kenney, 21, is the chip leader with a little bit more than 3 million chips and Vanessa Selbst, defending NAPT Mohegan Sun champion, is in second place with a 2,249,000 stack.
Vanessa Selbst became the first winner of NAPT Mohegan Sun last year, and now she is the chip leader with just 24 players left, in this year's edition.
For many years, Jennifer Harman, Annie Duke and Kathy Liebert were the ones you talked about, as the world's best female poker players, but the last few years the trio has gotten fierce competition, especially from the two Vanessa's, with the surnames - Rousso and Selbst.
After a quite long break, just like the 2010 WSOP Main Event, the final table of the prestige filled Partouche Poker Tour was played last weekend. It ended up being the American Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst who survived a field of 7 opponent and laid hands on the first prize of €1,300,000. Now you might wonder why the final table only included 8 players. The reason for this is that one of the players was disqualified from the tournament.
Ali Tekintamgac, the WPT Barcelona winner, has for a long time been accused of cheating, but no one has ever been able to prove anything - until a few days ago. The tournament crew went through video clips from the beginning of the tournament and found out that Tekintamgac had used false media representatives and bloggers to help him with information on his opponents hole cards. Let's just hope, for Ali Tekintamgac's own sake, that he wasn't cheating at WPT Barcelona as well.
PokerStars has once again increased and strengthened its team with new players. This time they have signed David Williams and Vanessa Selbst. Williams and Selbst will now get to travel around the globe and play in lots of expensive tournaments for free together the rest of Team PokerStars - Daniel Negreanu, William Thorson etc
PokerStars NAPT (North American Poker Tour) Mohegan Sun Main Event was a huge success as not less than 716 players signed up for the tournament. One of these players was Vanessa Selbst, a student at Yale Law School and also a very successful poker player with some great results at the World Series. Vanessa got the the best possible start in the tournament as she won almost ever single pot in the first day. After that Day 1 was over, she had created a massive stack and also earned a lot of respect from her opponents.
Anyhow, Vanessa never looked back after Day 1 as she remained in the top of the field all the tournament. And when she finally made it to the final table and was playing heads up against Mike Beasley, it only took her 7 hands to eliminate him as well and grab the first place prize of $750,000! A big congratulations to Vanessa Selbst!
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