Vanessa Selbst has long been considered one of the greatest female poker players in the world, and the proud lesbian has raked in over $11 million in her poker career to date. At only 34 years old, the Brooklyn-born card genius managed to hit the big time early, and has plenty of time left in her career to take down the biggest prizes in the game. The question is, can Selbst be the first ever female player to win the most coveted prize in the poker calendar, the World Series of Poker?
The World Series of Poker has been the highlight of the poker scene for nearly 50 years. Indeed, it began all the way back in 1970 when poker was only played by a select few. That year, there were seven entrants to the tournament. The number has shot up by an insane amount since then, and in 2018 there were 7,874 players when John Cynn took home the jackpot of $8.8 million. Unfortunately, though, throughout its history the competition has been completely dominated by male players. No female has ever taken home the grand prize.
There have been many occasions over the years when unknown online poker players have entered the WSOP and gone on to win the whole thing. They practice cards at various sites like Aspers Casino online, where there are different varieties of poker available, and then take these acquired skills to live games. Chris Moneymaker is the most famous example of a person who went down this route, and the 2003 champion has been credited with kick starting the poker boom. The feeling is though, that if a woman is going to win the tournament it will be one of the well-established professionals like Selbst.
The Yale Law School graduate, who was head of the Yale Queer-Straight Alliance, has certainly come close to winning the ultimate prize during her glittering career. She finished 73rd out of 6,598 players in the 2012 Main Event, and has three WSOP bracelets. In addition to these achievements, Selbst is the only poker player to win the same North American Poker Tour Main Event back to back.
Few female players have even come close to Selbst’s success in the game. Her closest challenger in terms of overall earnings is Kathy Liebert, who has racked up $6.17 million in her career. The Nashville-born player has won one WSOP bracelet and has made the final table of the World Poker Tour on six occasions. At the age of 51, Liebert’s chances of winning the WSOP are much slimmer than her younger rival.
It’s high time a female player won the WSOP. Selbst is easily one of the strongest candidates for the job, as she is the undisputed greatest female currently in the game. She has been unfortunate on a few occasions, but if she continues playing at the top level she could one day snatch the most coveted prize in the game.