Vanessa Selbst may still be disappointed that she just missed out on that final table in the World Series Of Poker a few days back, however as a whole she must be ecstatic about her performance throughout the whole tournament. What was her reward for her achievements? She was rewarded by breaking into the Global Poker Index top three players in the world.
In that main event she performed strongly throughout, always amongst the leaders right up until the latter part of Day 7 when she finally busted out in 11th place, just two short of the final table. The final table will commence in late October, and although she will wish she was going to be there as the first woman on a final table since 1985, she can have no real complaints as of late.
She took home five cashes, made two final tables, one bracelet and a total of $534,000 in WSOP tournament winnings. Her victory actually came in a 6 handed 10 game event, which on its own shows the true all round knowledge and flexibility in poker. However it is her consistent level of performance that has seen her crash into the top three players in the world.
Her bracelet at the WSOP was also the first one won by a woman since…well 2008 when she won her last one.
Consistent, Accomplished And Now One Of The Most Feared Players Around!
She is now considered as one of the most accomplished players around with even Doyle Brunson stating that she should not be thought of as one of the best women players around, simply as one of the best player’s around.
She now lies behind just behind Bertrand Grospellier and Jason Mercier, whilst she has jumped ahead of the likes of Steve O’Dwyer and Erik Seidel. If she can keep her level of consistency throughout the rest of the year, who knows she may even top the lot of them.
Of the other big movers in the GPI rankings, the biggest gain was unsurprisingly achieved by Greg Merson. He too had a remarkable WSOP winning a bracelet and even managed to do what Selbst wasn’t able to do, making that illustrious October Nine final table and in fact currently lies in third place in that event. He climbed up an incredible 175 places in the GPI rankings, up to a now extremely respectable 114th place.
Imagine how high he could go if he does manage to win the biggest tournament in the world. A win like that would certainly propel him close to the top ten at the very least.
Where there are winners there are normally losers too, and the biggest loser on the GPI poker rankings list was William Thorson. After a pretty disastrous few months he has now dropped down 70 places from 149th to 219th.