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Laying Down the Law on the Felt

Vanessa Selbst Makes a Case for Poker’s Elite

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: May 28, 2010

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There’s no denying that Vanessa Selbst is a great poker player. In April, she topped a field of 716 players to earn the inaugural North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun main-event title and the first-place prize money of $750,000. Throw four other wins and a World Series of Poker bracelet into the mix, and you have the makings of a potential superstar. The 25-year-old’s results speak for themselves, as her nearly $1.7 million in tournament earnings is very impressive. But despite her on-the-felt success, it’s when Selbst is away from the table that she truly challenges herself. After a stellar 2008 run at the World Series, Selbst did something that’s unthinkable to most young players: She returned to her alma mater, Yale, to enroll in law school. While poker has enabled many players to achieve their dreams and create better lives for themselves, Selbst is careful not to let the ...


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