EPT9 Grand Final High Roller: Who you gonna call? Vanessa Selbst, that's who
We have been mentioning throughout this EPT festival that the €25,000 High Roller event has been taking place largely out of the public gaze. This is mainly owing to the staggering line up at the main event final table, which is more fascinating even than two hamsters on a piano, whether or not they're eating popcorn.
But if there was ever there was a superhero capable of wrestling some headline-space away from the main event, that person is Vanessa Selbst. And wouldn't you know it, when they bagged up for the night last night -- long after the main event had finished -- it was the fearsome Team PokerStars Pro with the most. Indeed, from the 12 players remaining, only Toby Lewis has more than half what Selbst is playing.
She has 1,607,000; Lewis has 953,000 and everyone else has 752,000 or less.
There could be something really remarkable about to happen in Monaco today, with both Selbst and Jason Mercier eyeing titles. Anyone who has followed PokerStars Blog for any length of time will know that on the North American Poker Tour, Selbst and Mercier pulled off the most staggering double act. Both times the NAPT went to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Connecticut, Selbst won the main event and Mercier the $25,000 Bounty Shootout. Let's just say that again another time: they both went back-to-back.
If they do it again here then they will surely set a mark for dual dominance that will never be surpassed.
Selbst is really second-to-none when it comes to closing out events. She has two World Series bracelets and also won the $25,000 High Roller event in January at the PCA. In short, if you're going to back anyone to win a title, then put your money on Selbst. It is as safe as it is possible to be.
That, of course, is true even when you look at the quality of the field remaining. Lewis is EPT Vilamoura champion. Alex Bilokur and Igor Kurganov both have EPT High Roller titles to their name. Indeed, Kurgavov is the defending champion in this very event. Davidi Kitai may be a short stack, but he too has won an EPT. And Victor Sbrissa won LAPT Sao Paolo only last week.
As ever, hand-by-hand coverage is available in the panel at the top of the High Roller page. Our feature pieces feed in below that. The main event starts at 1pm in real time, but 2pm for coverage. (It's a cards-up final table on EPT Live.)