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Selbst talks Wall Street and women in poker on American TV

It's not hard to see why there is a close relationship between poker and the stock market. Many of today's best poker players come from the world of finance. While that is not the case with Vanessa Selbst, she is undoubtedly an expert on poker, as well as managing her ever-growing tournament bankroll. So when Bloomberg TV wanted to interview someone about the intersection of poker and finance, as well as the world of high stakes poker, Vanessa was a logical choice. The crux of the conversation had to do...more

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Vanessa Selbst performs ultimate double-range merge

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It's not easy to find the right poker metaphor for what Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst did last month, but double-range merge seems to work. She got married! Vanessa Selbst met Miranda in December of 2009. "I was in my second year of law school at Yale," recalled Vanessa, "and...more

Vanessa Selbst takes her fitness routine on the road

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No matter where in the world Vanessa Selbst travels for poker tournaments, she seems to find a place to exercise. In particular, she finds basketball or tennis courts and tries to get in a few games during her stay. She's not the only one. Many poker players decide to join...more

Vanessa Selbst: "It's all about winning" in 2013 WCOOP

Let's just acknowledge that Vanessa Selbst is a good poker player. I doubt anyone would disagree with this statement. Her live tournament poker results are impressive, to say the least. She has nearly $7.4 million in lifetime earnings, for a career that began with her first cash in mid-2006. Those...more

The Advocate's 40 under 40 honors Vanessa Selbst

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The current issue of The Advocate recently named Vanessa Selbst to its list of "architects of the next decade" by including her as a member of its "40 under 40" list. The magazine/website is the oldest LGBT publication in the U.S. and has been very influential in the gay rights...more

Reddit AMA gets real with Vanessa Selbst

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Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst did a recent online Q & A via reddit that delivered some fascinating comments and details about her life as a pro player. Some questions asked by people she knew in high school even gave us a glimpse of what she was like during those...more

Getting real with Vanessa Selbst

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Vanessa Selbst doesn't get distracted by much of anything when it comes to poker. Even her latest achievement, becoming the highest earning woman in poker of all time, doesn't seem to faze her. When I asked her recently if she thought this achievement would affect her game in any way,...more

2013 PCA: Vanessa Selbst becomes top-earning female tournament player

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Vanessa Selbst wanted only one thing when she walked in the room today. She wanted to win the PCA $25,000 High Roller and take home its $1,424,420 first prize. "I play for money," she said this morning. "I play for titles. I play for the fun of the game." That...more

More awards for PokerStars


We're a humble and modest bunch. But, heck, everyone loves to get awards. Even us. So it was with good cheer that we received news of the 2013 BLUFF Reader's Choice Awards, littered as they are with PokerStars back-slaps. What makes this so gratifying is that 10,000 poker fans had...more

PCA 2013: Vanessa Selbst gets engaged

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For as big and serious as today's $100,000 Super High Roller is, you might think this is the biggest thing that's happened to Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst this weekend. After all, this is the first time she's played the PCA Super High Roller tourney. But, there is something bigger...more

In the clouds, back in time


When I was in law school, I went on an exchange program in Argentina. We stayed for one month in Buenos Aires, where we studied at the University of Palermo. We went to classes, met professors and judges, hung out with students, and practiced our Spanish. When I left Argentina,...more

Digging deep


Editor's note: In the run-up to the WSOP Main Event final table, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst coached final table player Jesse Sylvia who eventually finished runner-up for $5,292,889. Here she explains how it's helped her think about her own game. Since returning home from WSOP Europe, I've been thinking...more

Vanessa Selbst and Kevin MacPhee's levelling war


Poker's a friendly game, you know. You sit down, you play some cards, you win those monies and then you all high-five over multi-coloured drinks in the bar. That's how it usually works on the European Poker Tour anyway. Not so this April gone by. There were around 60 players...more

PS Women in October: Selbst Wins Another Title and Players Prep for PCA

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It just seems redundant to say that Vanessa Selbst won another poker tournament. She did it, though, in Las Vegas, and we'll discuss that in a bit. A lot of other women won online poker titles in October, and we'll talk about them (and talk to two of them) in...more

Fun, games, and oh yes . . . a bracelet for Selbst


On May 30, Vanessa Selbst finished fourth in the first massive NLHE event of the 2012 World Series of Poker, foreshadowing a successful series for the Team Poker Stars Pro. A month later, she snagged her second bracelet (the first was for PLO in 2008) in the $2500 Six-Handed Ten-Game...more

Mercier, Elky and Selbst complete a Global Poker Index hattrick

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Team PokerStars Pro have completed an epic one, two, three at the top of the Global Poker Index (GPI) with tournament titans Jason Mercier (1st), Betrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (2nd) and Vanessa Selbst (3rd) this week claiming podium positions. Mercier cashed six times at this year's WSOP making one final table...more

WSOP 2012: Selbst breaks the $5 million mark


Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst came within just a few hours last night from being the first woman to win an open event World Series of Poker bracelet since 2008. She had sat down in the first open tournament of the 2012 WSOP with 2,100 other people. She beat all...more

Success means value and "wanting to be there" for Vanessa Selbst


Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst didn't take long to rack up another live tournament victory in 2012. She took down a $5100 event at the LA Poker Classic (LAPC) for a $140,000 payday in what she called "one of the toughest fields I've ever played in." She followed that up...more

Selbst, Duhamel take top spots in Los Angeles


Okay. Find the people who say poker isn't a game of skill and send them to my office right now. I will fight them. With my fists and fingernails. With my knobby little knees and infirm elbows. I'll fight until I can fight no more, and then I will show...more

Vanessa Selbst: Another million-dollar year


In any given year, the people who make $1 million playing tournament poker is very small. If you look at live tournament results alone over the past couple of years, it's usually sixty or so people who crest that seven-figure mark in a calendar year. It's an elite group by...more

Vanessa Selbst on how to improve your game


Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst is one of the most successful and respected tournament players in the world, with over four million dollars in tournament winnings and a World Series of Poker bracelet in Pot Limit Omaha (2008). Vanessa's victories include the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour and back-to-back North American...more

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