Vanessa Selbst

Meet you at the bar (exam)

Law school was one of the most intellectually challenging experiences of my life. Still, I managed to stay disciplined and focused, working long but interesting and invigorating hours. I did that for almost two full years, up until a pesky little poker tournament called NAPT Mohegan Sun 2010. From...more

by Vanessa Selbst on November 6, 2014 6:41 AM

That time I faced off against Rafa Nadal

I have loved tennis for almost as long as I can remember. I started playing when I was around 10, and I quickly took to the sport. I played at summer camps, took lessons during the week, participated in USTA tournaments, and played for my school's varsity tennis team during high school. It's safe to...more

by Vanessa Selbst on May 8, 2014 8:27 AM

My goals for 2014

I'm not necessarily one for New Year's "resolutions." People tend to make grand declarations with good intentions and then fall off the wagon by February 1, and I want to avoid that trap. Setting goals, however, seems different to me somehow; less absolute. I can go into the year, reflect on the yea...more

by Vanessa Selbst on January 21, 2014 6:09 AM

A Day In the (Non-Poker) Life

As a live tourney pro, my poker life and my non-poker life are pretty distinct from one another. Either I'm on the road at a tournament series or I'm at home in my other life. If the whole thing were a venn diagram, there would only be the tiniest little overlapping part between these two giant circ...more

by Vanessa Selbst on November 6, 2013 9:45 AM

My chance at the Million Second Quiz

I grew up in family games. My parents, both gifted Bridge players, taught my brother and me about strategy and deductive reasoning using board games. My mother would look at me across a colorful Mastermind board, surveying my latest attempt to crack her code, and ask "Now what do you know?" Needless...more

by Vanessa Selbst on October 1, 2013 8:24 AM

My New York City

I recently decided to give up my bi-coastal life, and have moved my US-base from Las Vegas back to New York City--Brooklyn, more specifically. I have lived in New York intermittently for a lot of my life, but haven't been here with any regularity since I went to law school in 2008. I missed it: the ...more

by Vanessa Selbst on August 16, 2013 6:12 AM

World Series grind

When non-poker playing people find out I spend all summer in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, they always ooh and ahh like they can't imagine a more relaxing and glamorous way to spend the summer. In truth, WSOP time is 90% work and only 10% play.The 10% play timeIt is the most work-oriented...more

by Vanessa Selbst on June 25, 2013 5:12 AM

I skipped SCOOP (and that's okay)

My last days in Monte Carlo were mostly spent fielding the question "Where are you playing SCOOP?" The question is never "Are you playing SCOOP?" or "Do you think you'll play SCOOP this year?" or "Do you have anything else going on in your life that would cause you to choose not to spend the next tw...more

by Vanessa Selbst on May 28, 2013 10:42 AM

Family road trip

Moving our United States home base recently meant packing two adults, two huge suitcases, several large carry-on bags, one mostly-deflated air mattress, three pillows, and two five-pound dogs into a cherry red hybrid, New York City bound. Although I had driven cross-country before, I usually cramme...more

by Vanessa Selbst on April 26, 2013 6:54 AM

At home in London

Going to London is always exciting for me. It feels like a home away from home. I've probably been there a total of ten times, and I lived in London briefly last spring. It feels similar to New York City, which is where I grew up, and I realized that it's not the aesthetics of London that are New Yo...more

by Vanessa Selbst on March 25, 2013 6:14 AM
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