Vanessa Selbst

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Vanessa Selbst is one of the most famous women poker pros in the world and holds the title of being the highest-earning female tournament player, with over $7 million in prize money. Born in 1984, Vanessa plays under the unassuming poker name “V.Selbst” and has made a name for herself in top poker circles over the last 10 years.

Vanessa is a native of Brooklyn, New York and describes herself on her Twitter account as just an average poker-playing almost lawyer and social-injustice fighter who is a game-loving and fun girl next door. A strong supporter of civil rights, she is a Yale law graduate and campaigns for racial justice, economic equality and equal rights for gay and lesbian couples. Just before playing her first PCA in 2013, Vanessa announced her engagement to her long-term girlfriend Miranda Forster and afterwards credited her success and good run in the tournament to her prenuptial joy.

Vanessa also assists others who want to learn to play poker and offer private coaching and lessons. She has made many training videos and has personally taught a lot of students in the art of the game. In addition to helping others to master poker, Vanessa also wants to earn enough money from the game to set up a foundation that will fund civil rights projects across America.

Vanessa decided to learn to play poker by just messing around with friends and then progressed to playing online and learning more from the poker forums. She gradually got serious about the game and in 2006 she had her first turn at the final table at the WSOP. Starting off as a cash-game pro and then building up to be a tournament player saw her become the highest-earning female player in the world, with $7 million and counting in career earnings.

Currently signed with Pokerstars and ranked number one in the women’s GPI rankings, Vanessa has reached six final tables as well as two heads-up semi-finals during the World Series of Poker and has two WSOP bracelets to her name. In 2010 she had her biggest year on the poker circuit and earned almost $3 million, placing her 6th on the 2012 money list. 2012 saw Vanessa capture three titles and wipe out the men to take her second WSOP bracelet, denting some male egos along the way and helping to inspire ladies to take on the guys and learn to play poker.



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