PokerStars Team Poker Pro – Vanessa Selbst

Back on may the 30th Vanessa Selbst managed to finish fourth in the first of the big World Series Of Poker bigger events, which just gave us a glimpse of what was to come for the Team Poker Stars player. Just a month after she took her second career bracelet (the first was back in 2008 in a pot limit Omaha event) when she won in the $2500 6 handed 10 mixed game format.

She said “I have only been playing eight game for little over a year now; however it was the first time I played Badugi. I found it exciting, though I watched the other players like a hawk when I wasn’t in a hand”

Other than No Limit Hold’Em, she said that Omaha Eight or Better was her favourite game in this format. However it was one of her least strong events that she actually managed to win the heads up, 2-7 triple draw. However she managed to take down the bracelet and the $244,250 first place prize.

She also claimed “many people tell me that No Limit single draw would also be a good choice of game for me because it is pure poker, so once I sit down and learn all of the fundamentals of that game my big betting qualities from no limit hold ‘em, will easily crossover”.

House Parties Galore

During the WSOP Selbst hosted some very raucous house parties with her fellow house mates Vanessa Rousso, Maria Ho and Liv Boeree. They had a film crew following them around throughout the summer and it highlighted not just the poker side of their lifestyle, but the fun and games too.

Her house in Las Vegas has features such as basketball, mini-golf, pool table, volleyball and an air hockey table to mention just a few. She also has a state of the art sound system which is perfect for her friend and housemate Vanessa Rousso to hone her budding DJ skills. The whole environment is equipped for competitiveness which fits Selbst perfectly; she says “you may be able to tell that I am very competitive”.

Though her home seems full of fun she does stress that there has to be a balance of good times and working hard. “It can be hard sometimes to focus on your career when you are surrounded by so much fun, however when I leave to go to a tournament everything here gets left behind and I am always zoned in and ready for the challenge”.

Selbst’s Main Event looked strong throughout, right up until Day 6 when bad luck eventually caught right up with her. She finished in 73rd place which is still a decent accomplishment out of over 5,000 entrants, though she still maintains she should have done a lot better. That’s the competitive streak coming out again.

As for PokerStars Team Poker Pro, they are over the moon with her performance; they strongly believe Selbst will become the number ranked player in the world by the time the next WSOP starts.