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Congratulations to Vanessa Selbst
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/15/13
Last updated on: 01/15/13
 
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Vanessa Selbst (left) interviewed after her victory.

Congratulations to Vanessa Selbst, who won the 2013 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Title to become the highest earning woman in professional poker. Her tournament winnings of $1,424,000 pushed her earnings past $6,000,000. Before winning the tournament, Selbst had announced her engagement to her girlfriend.

Stephen Bartley reports on the PokerStarsBlog that Selbst's achievement is enormous.

"To consider Selbst's career in mere numbers misses the enormity of her achievements," he writes. "Since 2006 Selbst has won numerous major titles, including two World Series of Poker bracelets, two NAPT main events, and the Partouche main event. The PCA becomes the latest, and it won't be the last."

Selbst told Bartley that she plays for the money and joy of the game, not statistics. "There's plenty of room for women to get involved in this game, to get really good at it, and to beat all the guys," she said.

A native of Brooklyn, Selbst attended MIT her freshman year of college, but transferred to and graduated from Yale University. She is currently pursuing a law degree at Yale Law School, with the intention of litigating in the field of civil rights law.

As an undergraduate at Yale, she was head of the Yale Queer-Straight Alliance.

On January 4, 2013, Selbst proposed to her girlfriend, who promptly accepted.

In the video below, Sarah Grant of PokerStars.tv asks Selbst about her victory and enthusiastically congratulates her on her engagement.

 
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