Selbst after winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2008 World Series of Poker
|Born||July 9, 1984|
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|European Poker Tour|
|Information accurate as of 16 July 2014.|
Vanessa K. Selbst (born July 9, 1984) is an American professional poker player and the only woman to ever reach the #1 ranking in the world on the Global Poker Index. She has over 10 million dollars in live poker tournament earnings and is a member of Team Pokerstars Pro, where she plays under the username "V. Selbst".
Selbst has three World Series of Poker bracelets and is the first and only female to win three WSOP bracelets in open field events. She is also the only poker player to win the same North American Poker Tour Main Event back-to-back. In January 2013 Selbst won the PCA high roller for $1.4m, which made her the highest earning female in poker history.
Selbst was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before transferring to Yale University, where she graduated with a degree in Political Science. She later returned to Yale Law School and received her law degree in 2012. During her time at Yale University, she was head of the Yale Queer-Straight Alliance. Selbst was a coach and executive producer for DeucesCracked, an online poker training site. In 2013, she married her partner of three and a half years. She and her wife reside in New York.
|2008||$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha||$227,933|
|2012||$2,500 10-Game Six Handed||$244,259|
|2014||$25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em||$871,148|
Selbst has 21 live poker tournament results equaling six figure paydays or above.
Selbst has made five Main Event final tables of various poker tours and gone on to capture three titles. She won the 2010 North American Poker Tour $5,000 Mohegan Sun Main Event, earning $750,000 and returned the following year to successfully defend her title. She earned $450,000 for her 2011 1st place finish and became the first and only person to win two consecutive NAPT Main Events. To date, Selbst's biggest purse was when she won € 1,300,000 ($1.82m) for her first place finish at the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour.
She has made four High Roller final tables, winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller in January, 2013. She is the first woman to ever play in a Super High Roller event, taking third place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 buy in tournament in January 2014.
As of 2015, Selbst's total live tournament winnings exceeded $10,600,000.