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AgeJul 9, 1984 (30 years old)
HometownBROOKLYN, NY, United States
ResidenceNew York, NY, United States

GPI Ranking of Vanessa Selbst

GPI rankNational rankTotal scoreHighestweeks at #1
#18 #9 3,063.49 pts#14
PoY 2014 rankNational rankTotal scoreHighestweeks at #1
#41 #24 667.96 pts#13

Live Best Cash

$1,823,430

All Time Money

$10,554,413

Tournament Results of Vanessa Selbst

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CircuitPeriodBuy-InEarnings

Date & EventBuy InRankEntriesEarningsGPIPoY 2014

45th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014

Las Vegas, NV, United States

Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo (Event #25)
Jun 10 - 12, 2014 Rio Hotel and Casino
$2,50038th470$5,517 144.59 pts 48.20 pts
No Limit Hold'em - Mixed Max (Event #2)
May 27 - 29, 2014 Rio Hotel and Casino
$25,0001st131$871,148 584.40 pts 194.80 pts

EPT San Remo & IPT

Sanremo, Italy

No Limit Hold'em
Apr 16 - 17, 2014 Casino Sanremo
2,000 + 20028th2033,450 125.47 pts 41.82 pts
Pot Limit Omaha 8 handed
Apr 12 - 13, 2014 Casino Sanremo
4,600 + 3002nd1520,100

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Paradise Island, Bahamas

No Limit Hold'em High Roller
Jan 11, 2014 Atlantis Resort & Casino
$25,000 + $5003rd198$607,580 376.67 pts 167.41 pts
No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Jan 7, 2014 Atlantis Resort & Casino
$10,000 + $30042nd1031$32,000 239.96 pts 106.65 pts
No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller
Jan 5, 2014 Atlantis Resort & Casino
$98,000 + $2,0003rd46$760,640 245.44 pts 109.08 pts

EPT/EUREKA - Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

No Limit Hold'em - EPT High Roller
Dec 16 - 18, 2013 Hilton Prague Hotel
10,000 + 3007th13764,500 244.06 pts
Pot Limit Omaha Champs
Dec 9, 2013 Hilton Prague Hotel
5,000 + 3001st71100,700 286.08 pts

Playground Poker Fall Classic 2013

Kahnawake, QC, Canada

PartyPoker Premier League VII
Nov 20 - 26, 2013 Playground Poker Club
$125,00012th12$18,000

EPT/UK & Ireland Poker Tour - London

London, England

No Limit Hold'em - UKIPT High Roller
Oct 5 - 6, 2013 Grand Connaught Rooms
£2,000 + £2001st176£67,499 264.28 pts

Borgata Poker Open 2013

Atlantic City, NJ, United States

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Sep 15 - 20, 2013 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
$3,300 + $2002nd1189$492,569 323.78 pts

44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013

Las Vegas, NV, United States

No Limit Hold'em (Event #17)
Jun 8 - 10, 2013 Rio Hotel and Casino
$1,50060th2105$7,218 60.00 pts

EPT Grand Final

Monte Carlo, Monaco

No Limit Hold'em - High Roller
May 10, 2013 Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
25,000 + 5004th121290,300 163.48 pts
Five Card Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
May 8, 2013 Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
1,000 + 1005th344,990 31.42 pts

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Paradise Island, Bahamas

No Limit Hold'em - High Roller (Event #30)
Jan 12, 2013 Atlantis Resort & Casino
$25,000 + $5001st161$1,424,420 121.82 pts

Festa Al Lago

Las Vegas, NV, United States

No Limit Hold'em
Oct 20, 2012 Bellagio
$5,000 + $1801st55$90,693 63.59 pts
No Limit Hold'em
Oct 15, 2012 Bellagio
$1,000 + $802nd57$12,717 21.65 pts

2012 World Series of Poker - Europe

Cannes, France

Pot Limit Omaha (Event #3)
Sep 24 - 26, 2012 Le Croisette Casino Barriere Cannes
5,000 + 30012th979,929 36.78 pts

43rd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012

Las Vegas, NV, United States

World Championship - No Limit Hold'em (Event #61)
Jul 7 - Oct 30, 2012 Rio Hotel and Casino
$10,00073rd6598$88,070 29.81 pts
10 Game - Six Handed (Event #52)
Jun 29 - Jul 1, 2012 Rio Hotel and Casino
$2,5001st421$244,259 28.95 pts
No Limit Hold'em (Event #46)
Jun 25 - 27, 2012 Rio Hotel and Casino
$2,50024th1607$20,327 20.14 pts
No Limit Hold'em - Heads-Up (Event #12)
Jun 5 - 8, 2012 Rio Hotel and Casino
$10,00016th152$20,674 18.59 pts
No Limit Hold'em (Event #2)
May 28 - 30, 2012 Rio Hotel and Casino
$1,5004th2101$161,345 22.01 pts

EPT Berlin

Berlin, Germany

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Apr 16, 2012 Spielbank Berlin - Marlene Dietrich
5,000 + 30048th74513,000 20.13 pts

2012 L.A. Poker Classic

Los Angeles, CA, United States

No Limit Hold'em - Heads-Up Championship
Feb 26, 2012 Commerce Casino
$5,1002nd16$31,040
No Limit Hold'em
Feb 22, 2012 Commerce Casino
$5,1001st98$140,295 30.14 pts

2011 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Las Vegas, NV, United States

No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event
Dec 6 - 10, 2011 Bellagio
$10,000 + $3003rd413$338,351 41.03 pts

Coral Late Night Poker 2011

Cardiff, Wales

Heat 4
Nov 22, 2011 Presentable Productions
$10,0006th8

EPT San Remo

Sanremo, Italy

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Oct 21 - 27, 2011 Casino Sanremo
4,600 + 30040th83714,000 22.13 pts

2011 World Series of Poker - Europe

Cannes, France

No Limit Hold'em Shootout
Oct 11 - 13, 2011 Le Croisette Casino Barriere Cannes
3,000 + 20028th2586,913 13.62 pts
No Limit Hold'em
Oct 8 - 12, 2011 Le Croisette Casino Barriere Cannes
1,000 + 9032nd7713,390 10.94 pts

EPT/UK & Ireland Poker Tour - London

London, England

No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha
Oct 4, 2011 Hilton London Metropole Hotel
£1,000 + £1007th117£4,550 10.85 pts

2011 Borgata Poker Open

Atlantic City, NJ, United States

No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event
Sep 18 - 23, 2011 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
$3,300 + $20023rd1313$18,868 22.78 pts

EPT Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2011 Casino Barcelona
5,000 + 30084th81110,000 17.19 pts

2011-12 Epic Poker League - Event 1

Las Vegas, NV, United States

No Limit Hold'em - Pro-Am Event
Aug 5 - 8, 2011 Palms
$1,50012th190$3,170 9.71 pts

42nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2011

Las Vegas, NV, United States

Pot Limit Omaha - Six Handed
Jun 20 - 22, 2011 Rio Hotel and Casino
$5,00018th507$23,519 21.78 pts

EPT San Remo

Sanremo, Italy

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Apr 27 - May 3, 2011 Casino Sanremo
5,000 + 300136th9877,500 15.09 pts

NAPT Uncasville

Uncasville, United States

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Apr 9 - 13, 2011 Mohegan Sun
$5,0001st387$450,000 38.87 pts

NBC National Heads-Up Championship 2011

Las Vegas, NV, United States

No Limit Hold'em
Mar 3, 2011 Caesars Palace
$25,0008th64$75,000 20.77 pts

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Paradise Island, Bahamas

World Cup of Poker VII
Jan 14 - 15, 2011 Atlantis Resort & Casino
8th 

EPT London

London, England

No Limit Hold'em - High Roller Event
Oct 2, 2010 Hilton London Metropole Hotel
£20,000 + £5004th77£145,000 28.20 pts

Partouche Poker Tour - Main Event

Cannes, France

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Sep 2 - Nov 7, 2010 Palm Beach Casino
7,750 + 7501st7641,300,000 49.33 pts

EPT Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia

No Limit Hold'em - Heads-Up
Aug 14 - 15, 2010 Swissôtel
3,000 + 2004th3211,400 10.60 pts

41st World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2010

Las Vegas, NV, United States

World Championship - No Limit Hold'em
Jul 5, 2010 Rio Hotel and Casino
$10,000476th7319$27,519

Pokerstars North American Poker Tour - Mohegan Sun

Uncasville, United States

No Limit Hold'em - Main Event
Apr 7 - 11, 2010 Mohegan Sun
$4,700 + $3001st716$750,000

2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship

Melbourne, Australia

Heads-Up Championship
Jan 26 - 28, 2010 Crown Casino
AU$5,000 + AU$3007th50AU$15,625
No Limit Hold'em - Opening Event
Jan 14 - 17, 2010 Crown Casino
AU$1,000 + AU$10014th1143AU$9,144

2009 World Poker Finals

Mashantucket, CT, United States

No Limit Hold'em
Nov 1, 2009 Foxwoods Resort Casino
$2,325 + $1753rd127$28,642
No Limit Hold'em - Ladies Event
Oct 31, 2009 Foxwoods Resort Casino
$350 + $5019th199$1,013
No Limit Hold'em
Oct 25, 2009 Foxwoods Resort Casino
$1,375 + $1251st210$74,224

2008 World Poker Finals

Mashantucket, CT, United States

No Limit Hold'em
Nov 1, 2008 Foxwoods Resort Casino
$1,850 + $1501st226$115,000

39th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2008

Las Vegas, NV, United States

World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em
Jun 13 - 15, 2008 Rio Hotel and Casino
$10,0003rd453$108,288
Pot Limit Omaha
Jun 10 - 12, 2008 Rio Hotel and Casino
$1,5001st759$227,933
No Limit Hold'em
Jun 7 - 9, 2008 Rio Hotel and Casino
$2,50034th1395$14,138

Sixth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic - WPT World Champions

Las Vegas, NV, United States

World Poker Tour - Ladies Championship
Apr 13 - 14, 2008 Bellagio
$1,500 + $902nd150$40,815

2008 L.A. Poker Classic

Los Angeles, CA, United States

No Limit Hold'em
Feb 10, 2008 Commerce Casino
$300 + $3527th765$4,538
No Limit Hold'em
Feb 7, 2008 Commerce Casino
$1,500 + $8515th201$3,365
No Limit Hold'em - World Poker Tour Ladies
Feb 2, 2008 Commerce Casino
$1,000 + $651st82$26,500

38th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2007

Las Vegas, NV, United States

World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em
Jun 19 - 21, 2007 Rio Hotel and Casino
$5,0003rd392$128,968
World Championship Ladies Event No Limit Hold'em
Jun 10 - 12, 2007 Rio Hotel and Casino
$1,0008th1286$20,480

37th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2006

Las Vegas, NV, United States

No Limit Hold'em Shootout
Jul 16 - 18, 2006 Rio Hotel and Casino
$2,00077th600$4,805
No Limit Hold'em
Jul 1 - 3, 2006 Rio Hotel and Casino
$2,0007th1919$101,285

Ranking history

GPI

PoY 2013

PoY 2014

DateGPI rankScore
Jul 23, 2014#183063.49
Jul 16, 2014#173063.49
Jul 12, 2014#43554.93
Jul 9, 2014#23874.87
Jul 5, 2014#23893.09
Jul 2, 2014#23893.09
Jun 28, 2014#13932.10
Jun 25, 2014#13942.10
Jun 21, 2014#13942.10
Jun 18, 2014#13946.69
Jun 14, 2014#23883.45
Jun 11, 2014#23883.45
Jun 7, 2014#23711.36
Jun 4, 2014#23709.97
May 28, 2014#43427.99
May 21, 2014#43427.99
May 14, 2014#53427.99
May 7, 2014#43598.53
Apr 30, 2014#23598.53
Apr 23, 2014#23598.53
Apr 16, 2014#23748.71
Apr 9, 2014#23786.12
Apr 2, 2014#33554.26
Mar 26, 2014#33627.83
Mar 19, 2014#33629.30
Mar 12, 2014#73411.81
Mar 5, 2014#83411.81
Feb 26, 2014#73415.39
Feb 19, 2014#73426.44
Feb 12, 2014#83426.44
Feb 5, 2014#63426.44
Jan 29, 2014#63426.44
Jan 23, 2014#53426.44
Jan 15, 2014#53426.44
Jan 8, 2014#53016.47
Jan 3, 2014#82806.68
Dec 26, 2013#82872.57
Dec 19, 2013#72869.97
Dec 11, 2013#312251.14
Dec 4, 2013#302306.08
Nov 27, 2013#332268.50
Nov 20, 2013#342268.50
Nov 13, 2013#362268.50
Nov 6, 2013#342379.82
Oct 30, 2013#342379.82
Oct 23, 2013#302366.75
Oct 16, 2013#212542.34
Oct 9, 2013#162607.15
Oct 2, 2013#302345.87
Sep 25, 2013#312345.87
Sep 20, 2013#522122.68
Sep 11, 2013#512122.68
Sep 4, 2013#512122.68
Aug 28, 2013#452158.93
Aug 21, 2013#452175.77
Aug 14, 2013#452186.37
Aug 8, 2013#452186.37
Jul 31, 2013#462186.37
Jul 25, 2013#452186.37
Jul 18, 2013#452186.24
Jul 13, 2013#322331.58
Jul 12, 2013#302331.58
Jul 11, 2013#302331.58
Jul 10, 2013#302331.58
Jul 9, 2013#312331.58
Jul 8, 2013#292331.58
Jul 7, 2013#222520.78
Jul 6, 2013#222520.78
Jul 5, 2013#222533.62
Jul 4, 2013#212533.62
Jul 3, 2013#212533.62
Jul 2, 2013#212533.62
Jul 1, 2013#212533.62
Jun 30, 2013#212533.62
Jun 29, 2013#152705.69
Jun 27, 2013#152705.69
Jun 26, 2013#162705.69
Jun 25, 2013#122796.94
Jun 24, 2013#122796.94
Jun 23, 2013#122796.94
Jun 22, 2013#122796.94
Jun 21, 2013#122796.94
Jun 20, 2013#132786.95
Jun 19, 2013#132786.95
Jun 18, 2013#132786.95
Jun 17, 2013#132786.95
Jun 16, 2013#132786.95
Jun 14, 2013#122786.95
Jun 12, 2013#112786.95
Jun 9, 2013#142680.21
Jun 8, 2013#132680.21
Jun 7, 2013#122680.21
Jun 6, 2013#122727.27
Jun 5, 2013#122752.05
Jun 4, 2013#122752.05
Jun 3, 2013#122752.05
Jun 2, 2013#122752.05
May 30, 2013#122752.05
May 20, 2013#122676.88
May 13, 2013#112676.88
May 6, 2013#322231.59
Apr 29, 2013#312231.59
Apr 22, 2013#312218.51
Apr 15, 2013#152503.24
Apr 8, 2013#122572.38
Apr 1, 2013#112608.60
Mar 25, 2013#102767.10
Mar 18, 2013#102788.75
Mar 11, 2013#82788.75
Mar 4, 2013#102788.75
Feb 25, 2013#92780.76
Feb 18, 2013#92816.39
Feb 11, 2013#82816.39
Feb 4, 2013#72816.39
Jan 28, 2013#72816.39
Jan 21, 2013#82827.12
Jan 14, 2013#82827.12
Jan 7, 2013#222252.50
Dec 31, 2012#182474.65
Dec 24, 2012#72446.36
Dec 17, 2012#72450.40
Dec 10, 2012#62450.40
Dec 3, 2012#62531.59
Nov 26, 2012#112390.65
Nov 19, 2012#112390.65
Nov 12, 2012#112390.65
Nov 5, 2012#112390.65
Oct 29, 2012#92404.80
Oct 22, 2012#102376.06
Oct 15, 2012#132301.64
Oct 8, 2012#82419.96
Oct 1, 2012#72469.99
Sep 24, 2012#82469.99
Sep 17, 2012#82508.90
Sep 10, 2012#62508.90
Sep 3, 2012#62508.90
Aug 27, 2012#62573.37
Aug 20, 2012#62579.49
Aug 13, 2012#62594.34
Aug 6, 2012#62594.34
Jul 30, 2012#72594.34
Jul 23, 2012#52594.34
Jul 16, 2012#32594.34
Jul 9, 2012#82482.89
Jul 2, 2012#52474.26
Jun 25, 2012#102388.30
Jun 18, 2012#142331.51
Jun 11, 2012#122331.51
Jun 4, 2012#102377.98
May 28, 2012#162190.06
May 21, 2012#162190.06
May 14, 2012#192190.06
May 7, 2012#212190.06
Apr 30, 2012#182190.06
Apr 23, 2012#212116.57
Apr 16, 2012#212083.24
Apr 9, 2012#172219.63
Apr 2, 2012#92368.64
Mar 26, 2012#92368.64
Mar 19, 2012#92368.64
Mar 12, 2012#82405.97
Mar 5, 2012#82405.97
Feb 27, 2012#52515.37
Feb 20, 2012#82371.85
Feb 13, 2012#82371.85
Feb 6, 2012#92397.30
Jan 30, 2012#92397.30
Jan 23, 2012#82412.31
Jan 16, 2012#92412.31
Jan 9, 2012#72412.31
Jan 2, 2012#62441.15
Dec 26, 2011#112441.15
Dec 19, 2011#122046.00
Dec 12, 2011#122046.00
Dec 5, 2011#201834.32
Nov 28, 2011#191834.32
Nov 21, 2011#201834.32
Nov 14, 2011#221834.32
Nov 7, 2011#251834.32
Oct 31, 2011#181871.57
Oct 24, 2011#451697.05
Oct 17, 2011#371697.05
Oct 10, 2011#361697.05
Oct 3, 2011#371671.83
Sep 26, 2011#241801.97
Sep 19, 2011#231801.97
Sep 12, 2011#241801.97
Sep 5, 2011#201801.97
Aug 29, 2011#131940.78
Aug 22, 2011#141940.78
Aug 15, 2011#141940.78
Aug 1, 2011#131985.30
Jul 25, 2011#112011.05
Jul 18, 2011#102011.05
Jul 11, 2011#102011.05
Jul 4, 2011#121966.09
Jun 27, 2011#131966.09
DatePoY 2013 rankScore
Jan 8, 2014#21798.55
Dec 26, 2013#21798.55
Dec 19, 2013#21798.55
Dec 11, 2013#72592.28
Dec 4, 2013#70592.28
Nov 27, 2013#66592.28
Nov 20, 2013#64592.28
Nov 13, 2013#63592.28
Nov 6, 2013#63592.28
Oct 30, 2013#63592.28
Oct 23, 2013#57592.28
Oct 16, 2013#49592.28
Oct 9, 2013#44592.28
Oct 2, 2013#81495.78
Sep 25, 2013#80495.78
Sep 11, 2013#184377.78
Sep 4, 2013#159377.78
Aug 28, 2013#144377.78
Aug 8, 2013#137377.78
Jul 31, 2013#135377.78
Jul 25, 2013#133377.78
Jul 18, 2013#127377.78
Jul 13, 2013#111377.78
Jul 12, 2013#109377.78
Jul 11, 2013#109377.78
Jul 10, 2013#109377.78
Jul 9, 2013#109377.78
Jul 8, 2013#105377.78
Jul 7, 2013#101377.78
Jul 6, 2013#101377.78
Jul 5, 2013#96377.78
Jul 4, 2013#89377.78
Jul 3, 2013#89377.78
Jul 2, 2013#86377.78
Jul 1, 2013#86377.78
Jun 30, 2013#79377.78
Jun 29, 2013#71377.78
Jun 27, 2013#70377.78
Jun 26, 2013#70377.78
Jun 25, 2013#66377.78
Jun 24, 2013#66377.78
Jun 23, 2013#65377.78
Jun 22, 2013#64377.78
Jun 21, 2013#63377.78
Jun 20, 2013#63377.78
Jun 18, 2013#63377.78
Jun 17, 2013#60377.78
Jun 16, 2013#57377.78
Jun 14, 2013#53377.78
Jun 11, 2013#48377.78
Jun 10, 2013#57342.21
Jun 9, 2013#57342.21
Jun 8, 2013#57342.21
Jun 7, 2013#53342.21
Jun 6, 2013#48342.21
Jun 5, 2013#46342.21
Jun 4, 2013#45342.21
Jun 3, 2013#45342.21
Jun 2, 2013#45342.21
May 31, 2013#42342.21
May 20, 2013#39342.21
May 13, 2013#36342.21
May 6, 2013#156193.78
Apr 29, 2013#153193.78
Apr 22, 2013#112193.78
Apr 15, 2013#103193.78
Apr 8, 2013#87193.78
Apr 1, 2013#86193.78
Mar 25, 2013#86193.78
Mar 18, 2013#82193.78
Mar 11, 2013#46193.78
Mar 4, 2013#44193.78
Feb 25, 2013#31193.78
Feb 18, 2013#24193.78
Feb 11, 2013#22193.78
Feb 4, 2013#16193.78
Jan 28, 2013#10193.78
DatePoY 2014 rankScore
Jul 23, 2014#41667.96
Jul 16, 2014#38667.96
Jul 12, 2014#33667.96
Jul 9, 2014#33667.96
Jul 5, 2014#28667.96
Jul 2, 2014#26667.96
Jun 25, 2014#16667.96
Jun 18, 2014#8667.96
Jun 14, 2014#6667.96
Jun 11, 2014#11619.76
Jun 7, 2014#7619.76
Jun 4, 2014#6619.76
May 28, 2014#43424.96
May 21, 2014#41424.96
May 14, 2014#40424.96
May 7, 2014#39424.96
Apr 30, 2014#26424.96
Apr 23, 2014#18424.96
Apr 16, 2014#15383.14
Apr 9, 2014#14383.14
Apr 2, 2014#14383.14
Mar 27, 2014#11383.14
Mar 19, 2014#8383.14
Mar 12, 2014#6383.14
Mar 5, 2014#4383.14
Feb 26, 2014#4383.14
Feb 19, 2014#4383.14
Feb 12, 2014#4383.14
Feb 5, 2014#3383.14
Jan 29, 2014#1383.14
Jan 23, 2014#1383.14
Jan 15, 2014#1383.14

Yearly summary

YearEarningsWinsTop 10
2014$2,309,56614
2013$2,665,23137
2012$839,36936
2011$974,42316
2010$2,865,83025
2009$103,87912
2008$540,57735
2007$149,44802
2006$106,09001
Total$10,554,4131438

Bio of Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst is a professional poker player who made her first live-event cash in 2006 at the WSOP. In the first 5 years of her career, Vanessa cashed 37 times, made 19 final tables, won 7 events (including a pair of NAPT titles), cashed in 11 WSOP events, won a gold bracelet, and earned over 4.7 million.

Born on July 9, 1984 in Montclair, New Jersey, Vanessa attended Yale University in New York where she earned a BA in Political Science in 2005. While earning her undergraduate degree, she was head of the Yale Queer-Straight Alliance, and was introduced to poker.

Vanessa started playing poker with friends in her junior year of college, and in 2004, she started taking the game seriously. By her senior year, she was making the hour drive to Foxwoods several times a week where she started playing in $5/$5 NLHE cash games. As she started winning and building her bankroll, she moved up to $5/$10 and $10/$25 stakes.

Although her life is full of commitments, Vanessa has proven she knows how to balance her poker and school time well. She has won a WSOP bracelet, a pair of NAPT titles, and became one of the top female poker players in the business – all while going to school full-time to earn her law degree.

In 2006, Vanessa decided to move to Las Vegas for the summer in order to play in cash games. Although she had little tournament experience, she decided to enter some events at the 2006 WSOP, and made her first live event cash when finished 7th to earn $101,285 in the $2,000 NLHE. She also made the money in the $2,000 NLHE Shootout event, in between playing in the cash games at the Rio.

During the summer of 2007, Vanessa returned to the WSOP where she final tabled twice. She finished 8th for $20,480 in the $1,000 NLHE Ladies World Championship, and took 3rd in the $5,000 NLHE Heads-up Championship to collect $128,968.

In 2008 Vanessa cashed 8 times, won 3 events, and collected her first gold bracelet. She started the year by cashing 3 times at the L.A. Poker Classic where she won the $1,000 NLHE World Poker Tour Ladies event, beating Erica Schoenberg to win $26,500. Two months later, she was runner-up in the $1,500 Ladies Championship at the Five Star World Poker Classic, to earn $40,815.

At the 2008 WSOP, Vanessa cashed 3 times and won her first bracelet. She cashed in the $2,500 NLHE, and then took down the $1,500 PLO event for the bracelet and $227,933. Next, she had a repeat performance in the NLHE Championship Heads-up event, finishing 3rd for the second year in a row – this time earning $108,288. To end her year, Vanessa was at the World Poker Finals in Mashantucket where she won the $1,850 NLHE event for $115,000.

All 3 of Vanessa’s cashes in 2009 took place at the World Poker Finals Mashantucket. She started by winning the $1,375 NLHE to earn $74,224. After cashing in the $350 NLHE Ladies event, she went on to finish 3rd in the $2,325 NLHE for $28,624.

In January 2010, Vanessa was in Australia where she cashed twice at the Aussie Millions. Three months later, she was at the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Mohegan Sun, to win the $4,700 NLHE Main Event for which she took home $750,000 and her first NAPT title.

After cashing in the 2010 WSOP in the Main Event and at the EPT Tallinn, Vanessa was in France for the Partouche Poker Tour. In Cannes, she made the biggest score of her career when she won the €7,750 NLHE Main Event to collect €1,300,000. The next month, she was in London at the EPT, where she finished the year by taking 4th in the £20,000 NLHE High Roller Event to earn £145,000.

Vanessa cashed 15 times in 2011, made 6 final tables, and won her 2nd NAPT tile. She started by cashing in the World Cup of Poker event at the PCA, then finished 8th in the $25,000 NLHE NBC National Heads-up Championship for $75,000. In April, she returned to the NAPT Mohegan Sun, where she defended her title and won the $5,000 Main Event for the 2nd year in a row, this time earning $450,000. The same month, she cashed at the EPT San Remo, before heading to Vegas to cash once at the WSOP.

In August, Vanessa finished 12th in the Epic Poker League’s $1,500 NLHE Pro-Am Event, and later the same month, made the money in the Main Event at the EPT Barcelona. At the Borgata Poker Open, she earned $18,868 when she finished 23rd in the $3,300 NLHE Championship Event.

In October Vanessa was back in Europe, where she cashed at the EPT/UK & Ireland Poker Tour London, cashed twice at the 2011 WSOP Europe Cannes, made the money in the Main Event at the EPT San Remo, and took 6th in both the Nations Cup London, and the Coral Late Night Poker Cardiff. To end her amazing year, Vanessa finished 3rd in the $10,000 NLHE Championship Event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic to earn $338,351.

Although she loves poker, after she graduates from Yale Law School in 2012, Vanessa hopes to pursue a career in the field of civil rights law to fight for racial justice, economic equality, and stand up against police misconduct and government abuse of authority. Her goal is to earn enough money in poker to eventually fund a foundation dedicated to the creation of national civil rights projects.

Even though she has had great success as a professional poker player, she never allowed herself to leave school, as so many young players do. In an interview with CardPlayer, Vanessa said, “I’ve really enjoyed law school during some points, but in the recent past it’s felt like a weight pulling me down, distracting me from doing all of the things I want to do.  I realized recently that it is not that difficult to balance law school with poker playing, but it seems to be incredibly challenging to balance law school with a career as a professional poker player.”

Dividing her time between New York, Las Vegas and Toronto, Canada, Vanessa is a member of Team PokerStars Pro, where she plays under the alias “V. Selbst.” She is also an executive producer and a private poker coach at DeucesCracked, where she has made dozens of instructional videos.

When she takes a break from poker, Vanessa likes playing basketball, tennis, and shooting pool and darts.

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