Poker pro Vanessa Selbst graduated from Yale with a degree in Political Science and is currently studying at Yale Law School. She’s been a lifelong fan of games, including anything from cards to Pacman, and her love of poker grew from there. She began taking the game seriously during her time at university, and it’s proving to be a lucrative extra-curricular activity that’s seen Vanessa rake in more than $3,700,000 in earnings.
In the space of just a few years Vanessa has built an incredible set of results at the biggest live tournaments. She made her first World Series of Poker* final table in 2006 when she finished 7th in a $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event for a cash of $101,285. She returned the following year and finished 3rd in the $5,000 Championship Heads-Up event for $128,968. A year later Vanessa finally found the breakthrough she was looking for when she won her first bracelet. She beat a tough field of 759 in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event to take the title and $227,993, earning the respect of the poker world along the way. Just days later she came close again when she finished 3rd in the $10,000 Championship Heads-Up event for an additional $108,288. After a string of several other impressive cash finishes at events across the US, Vanessa scored a huge $750,000 payday for taking down the North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Mohegan Sun Main Event in 2010, confirming her status as one of the most talented players on the scene today. After a 4th place finish at the EPT London High Roller event for $226,910, Vanessa’s hot streak continued with victory at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for an incredible cash of $1,800,000 - the biggest cash of her career so far.
When she isn’t playing poker, Vanessa concentrates on her studies and also gets involved with political issues such as the fight for social justice. She also likes playing basketball and tennis, and games like pool and darts.
|2006 WSOP $2,000 No Limit Hold’em||July 2006||7th||$101,285|
|2007 WSOP $5,000 Championship Heads-Up||June 2007||3rd||$128,968|
|2008 WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha||June 2008||1st||$227,933|
|2008 WSOP $10,000 Championship Heads-Up||June 2008||3rd||$108,288|
|World Poker Finals $1,850 No Limit Hold’em||November 2008||1st||$115,000|
|NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event||April 2010||1st||$750,000|
|EPT London £20,000 High Roller||October 2010||4th||$226,910|
|Partouche Poker Tour Main Event||November 2010||1st||$1,648,470|
|NAPT Mohegan Sun||April 2011||1st||$450,000|
|WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic||December 2011||3rd||$338,351|
|L.A. Poker Classic $5,100 No Limit Hold’em||February 2012||1st||$140,295|