Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst

  • Age: 31
  • Born: Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Lives: Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Winnings: $11.6 million
  • Career Titles: 14
  • Career Cashes: 79

Called “terrifyingly” smart by the Financial Times, Selbst is an engaged activist and campaigns tirelessly for equal rights and social justice (she previously led the Queer-Straight Alliance at Yale). In spite of her stellar success, she has kept her feet firmly on the ground - much of her philanthropic work involves helping vulnerable people who lack the support or resources to help themselves. In 2010 she founded Venture Justice, a foundation which funnels her poker winnings to young entrepreneurs starting non-profits focused on tackling inequality. She also organises the “Blinds & Justice” charity tournament for the Urban Justice Center, helping to fund legal aid for those who can’t afford it.

Follow Vanessa: @VanessaSelbst

Charities Vanessa has supported

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By far the highest earning female poker player of all time, Selbst also has a law degree from Yale and recently passed the New York bar exam.

Career highlights

The only woman to win three bracelets in an open WSOP event, Selbst is the one to beat. Her victories include the 2010 North American Poker Tour (Winner), the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour (Winner), the 2011 NAPT (Winner) and the 2013 PCA High Roller (Winner).

"For the way I look as a gay woman, I’ve had opportunities not presented to me for sure. [...] I don’t care enough. It’s not my battle. It could be, but I don’t want it to be." (FT)
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