Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst



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Vanessa Selbst
United States
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Vanessa Selbst is an American former professional poker player with more than $11.9 million in career earnings.

She is one of only three female poker players to have won three WSOP bracelets (Barbara Enright and Nani Dollison) but is the only player to have achieved this feat only in "open" events.

Selbst is arguably one of the best female poker players in history. A former PokerStars Team Pro, she retired from poker in 2018.

"Poker has given me so much over the last 12 years," she said at the time. "It has been intellectually challenging, exhilarating, fun, and extremely rewarding. It has given me the opportunity to travel to places I might never have experienced, and forge friendships with people from all over the world."

Since retiring, she has had two children with her wife Miranda Foster, who she married in 2013.


Vanessa Selbst was born in 1984 in Brooklyn, New York. She first attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but had soon changed to Yale where she studied Political Science. It was during that time that she started playing poker. Home games were quickly replaced by cash games at the Foxwoods poker room. After warming up at the casino cash games, in 2006 Selbst traveled to Vegas for her first World Series and has been a regular in many of the world's major poker tournaments ever since.

Selbst at the WSOP

She first played at the WSOP in 2006, making a final table appearance in the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em. The following year she racked up two more final table appearances, before winning her first WSOP bracelet in 2008 in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha. She also finished third in the $10,000 Heads-Up event.

In 2012 she took home her second WSOP bracelet after winning the $2,500 10-Game Mix event.

Her third WSOP bracelet came in 2014, winning the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max event for $871,148, one of the largest cashes of her career.

Vanessa Selbst's Top 5 WSOP Results

2014$25,000 No Limit Hold'em Mixed Max1st$871,148
2012$2,500 10-Game Mix Six-Handed1st$244,259
2008$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha1st$227,933
2012$1,500 No Limit Hold'em4th$161,345
2007$ 5,000 Heads-Up World Championship3rd$128,968

Other Poker Achievements

Selbst is the only player to score back-to-back North American Poker Tour titles. She won her first NAPT title in 2010 by taking down the Mohegan Sun Main Event for $750,000. One year after she came back to defend the title and she did, this time taking home $450,000 in cash.

The 2010 was also the year when Selbst decided to take her game outside the U.S. She cashed in two Aussie Millions events, and then collected the biggest cash prize of her career in Canes, France after winning the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for 1,300,000.

In 2014, she was the first woman to play in the Big One for One Drop. The following year, she won the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout for $1,000,000.

PokerNews Covered Events

2019 Borgata Poker OpenWPT Borgata Poker Open $3,500 Championship14th$39,950
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship56th$2,040
2017 World Series of PokerEvent #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed56th$6,191
2016 PokerStars EPT Season 13 Prague5,300 Main Event211th€7,560
2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final5,300 Main Event26th€26,850
2015 PokerStars EPT Season 12 Prague10,300 High Roller8th€74,550
2014 EPT Season 11 Prague5,300 Main Event14th€48,400
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low38th$5,517
2014 World Series of PokerEvent #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em1st$871,148
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure$25,000 High Roller3rd$607,580
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure$10,000,000 Guarantee Main Event42nd$32,000
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure$100,000 Super High Roller3rd$760,640
2013 EPT Prague10,300 High Roller7th€64,500
2013 World Series of PokerEvent #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em60th$7,218
The 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final25,000 High Roller4th€290,300
2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure$25,000 High Roller1st$1,424,420
2012 World Series of Poker EuropeEvent #3: 5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha12th€9,929
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event73rd$88,070
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 52: $2,500 10-Game Mix - Six-Handed1st$244,259
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 46: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em24th$20,327
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 12: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em9th$20,674
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em4th$161,345
2012 EPT BerlinMain Event48th€13,000
2011 EPT San RemoMain Event40th€14,000
2011 World Series of Poker EuropeEvent #4: 3,200 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout28th€6,913
2011 World Series of Poker EuropeEvent #2: 1,090 No-Limit Hold'em32nd€3,390
2011 EPT BarcelonaMain Event84th€10,000
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #35: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed18th$23,519
2011 EPT San RemoMain Event136th€7,500
2011 North American Poker Tour Mohegan SunMain Event1st$450,000
2011 NBC National Heads-Up Poker ChampionshipNBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship6th$75,000
2010 NAPT Mohegan Sun2010 NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event1st$750,000
2010 Aussie MillionsEvent 13: $5,300 Australian Heads Up Championship7th15,625 AUD
2010 Aussie MillionsEvent 1: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em14th9,144 AUD
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 25 - $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em World Championship3rd$108,288
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 19 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha1st$227,965
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 13 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em34th$14,137
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 31 - $5,000 Heads Up No Limit Holdem4th$128,968
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 17 - $1,000 Ladies No Limit Holdem8th$20,480