Vanessa Selbst wins PCA High-Roller; passes Liebert

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 15, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

vanessa-selbstOn Monday Vanessa Selbst closed out the 2013 PokerStars PCA tournament series in grand fashion, winning the $25k High-Roller tournament, which attracted a huge field that passed 200 entries after reentries were counted –by comparison the $25k WPT Championship at the Bellagio hasn’t surpassed 200 entries Since Season 7, way back in 2009. With the victory Selbst passed Kathy Liebert and is now the winningest female tournament player in poker history.

Selbst wasn’t the only big name at the final table, as she was joined by Shaun Deeb, Ole Schemion, Micah Raskin, Mike Watson, Tobias Reinkemeier, Bryn Kenney, and the eventual runner-up Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who final tabled both the Super-High-Roller tournament and the High-Roller at the 2013 PCA.

Deeb entered the day as the chip-leader, but the online poker legend was unable to get anything going and busted out in 5th place. Meanwhile, Selbst was chipping-up early and often at the final table after starting the day in the middle of the pack, and by the time the tournament was three-handed she held a commanding chip-lead, finally putting away Troyanovskiy after a bit of a scare that saw the Russian double twice before Selbst eliminated him from the event.

Here is a look at the final table payouts from the $25k High-Roller event:

1. Vanessa Selbst – $1,424,420

2. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – $792,180

3. Mike Watson – $462,320

4. Ole Schemion – $354,860

5. Shaun Deeb – $289,880

6. Bryn Kenney – $229,900

7. Tobias Reinkemeier – $174,940

8. Micah Raskin – $129,940

As the PCA got underway Selbst, a member of Team PokerStars Pro, announced she and her longtime girlfriend Miranda Forster were now engaged, telling her Twitter followers that she waited until now to pop the question hoping for some PCA run-good. Well, it took a week, but the run-good finally kicked-in, and Selbst, one of the best tournament players in the game, has to be considered the early favorite for Player of the Year honors –which would make her the first woman to win such an award in poker history.

As I mentioned in the opening, with the win in the $25k buy-in High-Roller event at the 2013 PokerStars PCA Vanessa Selbst passed Kathy Liebert on the all-time money list for female poker players. The $1.4 million first-place prize is the second largest of Selbst’s career, only eclipsed by the $1.8 million she pocketed after winning the 2011 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event. For her career Selbst has racked-up over $7 million in career tournament earnings –Good enough for the #1 spot on the all-time women’s list and 40th on the all-time list.

Here is a look at the all-time women’s money-list from

1. Vanessa Selbst — $7,004,037

2. Kathy Liebert — $5,855,655

3. Annie Duke — $4,270,549

4. Annette Obrestad — $3,780,530

5. Vanessa Rousso — $3,471,293

6. Jennifer Harman — $2,645,976

7. Joanne Liu — $2,602,240

8. Liv Boeree — $2,229,908

9. Sandra Naujoks — $1,742,113

10. Mimi Tran — $1,648,334

Among her career accomplishments Selbst is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, a Partouche Poker Tour Main Event champion, she won back-to-back NAPT Main Events at Mohegan Sun, and now has a PCA High-Roller title to add to her resume.


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