Vanessa Selbst may deserve a front page story all her own for what she accomplished on this night. She won the $2,500 buy-in Six-Handed Ten-Game Mix tournament, which was completed at the tail end of a historic day.
The Yale University graduate and poker superstar from New York City defeated a tough tournament lineup of 421 players. She pocketed a whopping $244,259 in prize money. The online star and poker icon was also presented with her second WSOP gold bracelet.
Selbst's first victory took place in 2008, in the Pot-Limit Omaha championship. Entering this year's WSOP, she had been the last female to win an open (to both sexes) event. In fact, a record 251 tournaments passed between Selbst's victory four years ago and (female) Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman winning the record-breaking Seniors World Championship two weeks ago. However, Selbst has essentially won back to back titles with regards to women in open events.
Remarkably, Selbst is just as the start of what could be a very long and lucrative poker career. Even though she has been involved in the game five years, she has clearly become the best female tournament poker player in the game today. In fact, should she continue to perform at this high a level as she's done in recent years, perhaps the word female will ultimately be removed from any discussion, and she will simply be known as "the best tournament player in the game today."