Even though Vanessa Selbst is not in top 15 of the GPI Player of the Year Ladies rankings – Selbst currently occupies 20th place – it’s definitely not synonymous with a year without cashing for the three-time WSOP bracelet winner.
On Wednesday, August 12, it was revealed on NBC Sports that Vanessa Selbst won the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout and the $1 million up top beating the actor and comedian Kevin Pollak heads-up.
As was the case with Loni Harwood and her second bracelet win this summer, the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout was an invitational event made for TV and therefore not eligible for GPI points. Maybe Harwood and Selbst don’t care about GPI points, but it’s nonetheless a little absurd that two huge wins like this don’t count at all in the GPI standings.
Overall I understand and support the rationale behind the decision to exclude non-open poker events, but at the same time it’s important to stress, that not being in the top of the rankings, isn’t the same as not being successful money-wise.
While winning the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout and the $1 million first prize didn’t do anything for Selbst’ in regard to GPI points, it certainly did affect her position on Poker’s All-Time Money List. Before the event Selbst was the 28th winningest player in the world according to the Hendon Mob, but the $1 million win propelled her into top 20 with a total of $11,6 million in live tournament earnings. This means that Selbst at this point has amassed more prize money than for instance Sorel Mizzi, Mike McDonald, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Gus Hansen, Dan Smith, Ike Haxton and T.J. Cloutier just to name a few.
On the Women’s All-Time Money List Selbst has been untouchable for a long time, but now it’s beyond imagination that any other female player would ever be able to catch up with Selbst. Selbst got nearly double the amount of prize money than Kathy Liebert, who’s 2nd on the list with $5,982,072.
According to PokerNews Selbst has donated part of her winnings to Venture Justice; her own foundation that supports non-profits and social causes.
Photo: Vanessa Selbst, Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout, NBC Sports