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Poker Pro Vanessa Selbst Wins $1M In Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout

Top Earning Female Player Now With $11.6M In Winnings


Poker pro Vanessa Selbst just added to her already incredible list of poker accomplishments. The New Jersey native won the $1 million winner-take-all top prize in Poker Central’s 2015 Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, which was an invite-only freeroll.

The event was held in late June at the Aria casino on the Las Vegas Strip, but the tournament just finished airing on NBCSN this week. Check back later for details on the hands.

Selbst defeated a table consisting of Doyle Brunson, Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth and then beat the winner of the celebrity table, which was Hank Azaria, Don Cheadle, Brad Garrett, Norm Macdonald and Kevin Pollak.

Pollak was the last-man standing on his table, after defeating Azaria heads-up, and then faced Selbst, who outlasted Esfandiari at the end, heads-up for the $1 million.

With the win, Selbst has more than $11.6 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. The $1 million was also the third-largest score of her career, behind a win in the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for $1,823,430 and a win in the 2013 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller for $1,424,420. She sits inside the top 30 all-time for tournament earnings.

She now has almost double the earnings of the second-best female tournament player of all-time. Kathy Liebert sits in second with just under $6 million.

Selbst is also a three-time WSOP bracelet winner. Her win in the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout came at a good time, as Selbst was having an unproductive summer at the WSOP, recording just three cashes for about $15,800 altogether.

Selbst, a Yale Law School grad, has been busy lately with her foundation, Venture Justice.

“Vanessa is a great example of how fascinating poker players are,” said Clint Stinchcomb, CEO of Poker Central. “The stories behind the players are just as interesting as their play. Poker’s popularity, with players and fans alike, crosses all ages and demographics.”