WSOP 2012: Vanessa Selbst wins second career WSOP bracelet

wsop-130x100.pngTonight, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst has done what no other woman has achieved since 2008. She won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Not since the summer of 2008 has a woman claimed a bracelet in an open-field WSOP event. In fact, the last female player to do it was...Vanessa Selbst.

A little after 11pm Vegas time, Selbst's rumble over the $2,500 10-game field rolled to a stop. Behind the Team PokerStars Pro lay some 420 opponents in her tracks. There was nary a blink in time that Selbst wasn't dominating the field. By the time the tournament reached the final table, it seemed as if everyone was competing for second place. Putting the gold bracelet on Selbst's wrist was a formality that had to wait just a few hours.


Four years ago, Selbst won her first gold bracelet in a $1,500 PLO event. It was worth a little more than $227,000. Tonight, Selbst's second gold came with a $244,259 payday. She is the first member of Team PokerStars Pro to win a bracelet so far this year. The cash also moves her to the number one spot on the Team Pro earnings list for the Series. She's banked $446,605 in these cashes:

  • Event #2, $1,500 NHLE, 4/2,101-- $161,345
  • Event #12, $10,000 NHLE HU, 9/152 -- $20,674
  • Event #46, $2,500 NLHE, 24/1,607-- $20,327
  • Event #52, $2,500 10-Game, 1/421 -- $244,259
  • In just the last six years, Selbst has won more than $5 million in live poker tournaments alone. Tonight's win will move her into the top 60 winningest poker tournament players in history.

    Congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst on her second WSOP bracelet.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in World Series of Poker