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Vanessa Selbst Wins Third World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet In $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'Em

29-Year-Old Pro Becomes First Female Player In History To Win Three Open WSOP Events

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Vanessa Selbst has once again written her name in the history books.

Already the highest earning female tournament player but some margin, Selbst has now also taken the lead in yet another category: World Series of Poker gold bracelets. The 29-year-old pro topped a field of 131 players in the 2014 WSOP $25,000 buy-in mixed-max no-limit hold’em, defeating Jason Mo heads-up to earn the $871,148 first-place prize and her third gold bracelet.

“There’s no feeling like having your first gold bracelet,” she told WSOP.com after the win. “But there’s no feeling like having your third, either. They’re all pretty incredible.”

Selbst is the first female ever to win three open events (Barbara Enright has also won three, but two came in segregated women’s events.) Only 63 players have ever won three or more bracelets.

“I understand why people want to talk about women and the achievements of women in history that way,” Selbst said in regard to people focusing on her gender. “Obviously, I would like to be considered in a conversation for the best poker player, not just the best female poker player. I think I’m starting to get there and people are starting to recognize that.”

Runner-up Jason MoAs a result of the win Selbst’s live tournament earnings grew to more than $10.5 million, moving her into 19th place on the all-time live tournament money list.

This marked the second time that runner-up Jason Mo has fallen just short of winning his first WSOP bracelet. In 2012 the no-limit hold’em specialist finished second to Brian Hastings in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship.

This event featured an interesting structure in which players started out nine handed on day 1, switched to six-max for day 2, played day 3 four handed and then finished out the event in heads-up matches from four down to a winner.

Notables who made deep runs include Noah Schwartz (16th – $54,945), Calvin Anderson (14th – $63,158), Nick Schulman (13th – $63,158), Richard ‘Nutsinho’ Lyndaker (11th – $72,617), Darren Elias (9th – $85,342), Aaron Jones (8th – $112,752), Matt Giannetti (5th – $171,461) and JC Tran (4th – $290,622).

Here is a look at the POY points and payouts awarded to the final eight in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Vanessa Selbst $871,148 924
2 Jason Mo $538,308 770
3 Alfred Decarolis $290,622 616
4 J.C. Tran $290,622 616
5 Matt Giannetti $171,461 385
6 Robert Tepper $171,461 308
7 Ryan Fee $112,752 231
8 Aaron Jones $112,752 154

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Winner photo courtesy of WSOP / Joe Giron.