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Vanessa Selbst Gives World Series Of Poker Rookie 200:1 Odds In Massive Bracelet Bet

Poker Pro Could Lose $2 Million To Dzmitry Urbanovich


Vanessa Selbst is on the hook for $2 million if a 20-year-old poker pro scores a hat trick at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Selbst, a winner of three bracelets in her career, gave Poland’s Dzmitry Urbanovich 200:1 odds on $10,000 against him winning three bracelets in his rookie year at the WSOP. Only Puggy Pearson, Phil Hellmuth, Ted Forrest, Phil Ivey and Jeff Lisandro have won three bracelets in a year. Urbanovich can’t use the WSOP Europe.

While the bet might seem absurd, Urbanovich does have more than $4.2 million in lifetime tournament earnings before his 21st birthday. He has been doing extremely well over in Europe, winning $4.1 million of his lifetime prize money in 2015.

The bet apparently happened after both Selbst and Urbanovich had been drinking.

“We might have been a little intoxicated,” she said in a Poker Central video posted to Twitch.

While the top female tournament earner of all-time has exposed herself to a potential $2 million loss, there is a way for her to lose a lot less if Urbanovich gets close to history. Selbst said that should he win two bracelets and have events left to win a third, she would be able to “sell all of the action at 30:1 or something.”

“Basically, I’m laying 7:1 that he’s not going to win two bracelets, because if he wins two bracelets there are going to be like five events left in the summer, and I’m going to be like, ‘OK, I want to sell you at 30:1 that he’s not going to win one of these next five events. People will snap it up, and I’ll lose like $60,000 or something.”

“He’s so confident,” Selbst added. “The true odds have to be 10,000:1 or higher.”

In 2006, WSOP rookie Jeff Madsen won two bracelets, and finished third in another event.

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