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World’s Highest Earning Female Poker Player Vanessa Selbst Says “Goodbye” to Poker

For a poker pro, there is nothing better than winning prestigious tournaments, long-coveted trophies and staggering prizes. However, the need for a change has stimulated many people to totally change the direction of their careers and embark on a new venture. Retirement is one of the biggest life transitions a person can encounter. The highest earning female poker player Vanessa Selbst stunned her fans after she has announced her retirement from the poker felt.

Just before the end of the last year, one of the most successful and beloved female poker player Vanessa Selbst revealed that she is quitting on her poker career due to a number of reasons. The sad announcement was made via the social media Facebook on 31st December 2017. The announcement appeared on Selbst’s official Facebook profile. The comments under the publication revealed unwavering support to Selbst, even though her fans were deeply disappointed with her decision.

In fact, the American poker heavyweight participated only in 2 poker tournaments for the last year. Selbst has not entered the poker field since finishing in 56th place in $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Ladies Championship (Event #70), sponsored by World Series of Poker (WSOP). The one-day event kicked off on 7th July, 2017 in Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. It attracted the attention of 718 players, who generated a prize pool of $646,200. Selbst collected $2,040 for her performance.

Just before that, Selbst participated in $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6 Handed (Event #27), which commenced on 14th June. The event attracted 959 poker players creating a prize pool of $2,589,300. The female poker pro finished in 56th place to receive $6,191 upon leaving the tournament.

Reasons for Selbst’s Retirement Decision

The inspiration for all women poker players Vanessa Selbst revealed that a number of factors propelled her retirement decision. She pointed out that she would like to have her own happy family and her own kids and poker does not fit her dream anymore. Selbst explained that poker is related to a lot of traveling and she loves it, but her priorities have changed since she entered her early 30s.

Apart from that, the poker pro announced that she does not enjoy her ambassadorial position at PokerStars anymore as she “can’t tell amateurs they should come play online and it’s beatable for them when [she does not] feel like it’s true”. Selbst added that the new generation of players has changed the “nature of poker” from a fun card game to a job. She explained that she was unwilling to change her attitude towards the game and that is the other reason why she took this decision to change her career amplóa. Selbst unveiled that she is to bet on a hedge fund, but she will never stop playing poker for fun.

According to her career profile in the Hendon Mob, Selbst has over 20 in-the-money finishes and her bankroll amounts to $11,851,384. The player’s best live cash is estimated to be $1,823,430, which she collected in 2010 for her 1st place in €7,750 + 750 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, presented by Partouche Poker Tour. Selbst’s rich collection of trophies includes 3 WSOP-branded gold bracelets.