Partouche win caps extraordinary year for Vanessa Selbst
Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst has had a year of unprecedented success in 2010 with live tournament cashes that total just shy of three million dollars. It has been an incredible first year for the new member of the elite team, and one that defied even her own expectations. "I never could have imagined the success I've had this year. While I knew I was capable of such a thing, I never dreamed it would actually happen."
Selbst's first major success this year came in April at the PokerStars NAPT Mohegan Sun, where she finished first in a field of 716 players and cashed for $750,000. She played the WSOP Main Event a few months later and finished in the money ($27,519), outlasting all but 475 of the 7,319 players. In August, a fourth place finish in an EPT Tallinn side event netted her a payout of $15,110. By November, she was in London, competing in the EPT High Roller tournament, where she finished fourth again and cashed for $230,375. Then finally, came the coup de grâce, at the Partouche Poker Tour in Cannes, where she took home the championship trophy and a cash of $1,823,430.
Two championship finishes at major events and three other significant in the money finishes have put Selbst in third place on the list of all-time top female money makers in poker. But her success is not limited by gender, as she currently ranks sixth on the list of poker's top money earners in 2010, outranked only by five members of the WSOP November Nine. In addition, she is currently ranked third on CardPlayer Magazine's Player of the Year rankings list and fourth on Bluff magazine's. Making her success even more exceptional is the fact that she has done it while playing poker only part-time. Throughout the year she has attended law school at Yale and participated in an internship. Even with her extraordinary success this year, Selbst is committed to finishing her law degree within the next two years. But she is not certain "when or how" she will make it happen. "I will be playing a lot more in 2011 than I did in 2010, however. That much is certain."
Selbst doesn't have a specific goal for the coming year, but plans to focus on playing what she calls her "A game." Even though she plans to play more next year, her time away from the game is an important part of her success. "I think my time away from poker helped me find the fun in the game. I need to take breaks and work on different things to clear my head, which is what I will be doing in the future."
PokerStars is proud to have this rising star as a member of Team PokerStars Pro, and looks forward to celebrating many more successes with her in the coming year.