Vanessa Selbst Wins $974,424 To Top 2011 Women's Money ListJanuary 4, 2012 1:37 pm
The results are out for the highest earning female poker player of 2011, and topping the list is none other than Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst with $974,424 in winnings for the year.
In total, Vanessa Selbst has now won $4,781,443 since her first tournament cash in 2006, and currently lies in 2nd place on ‘The Women’s All Time Money List,’ just behind Kathy Liebert, 44, on $5,461,310.
Vanessa Selbst impressive career earningss include winnings in 2006 of $106,090, 2007 of $149,448, 2008 of $540,577, 2009 of $103,879, 2010 of $2,865,830, and 2011 of $974,423.
Highlights this year for the 2008 WSOP bracelet winner include defending her title in April at the NAPT $5k Main Event for $450,000, and finishing 3rd in December at the WPT $10k Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $338,351.
The 27 year-old comes from an impressive educational background, having graduated from Yale University to her current studies at Yale Law School. Incredibly, Vanessa Selbst has been able to enjoy her successful poker career whilst also studying Law, and she says she has hopes for the future of continuing to do both. As Vanessa explains:
“My goal is to have a hybrid career and I think that is possible. There are many aspects of poker – strategy, concentration, skill – that are also essential parts of practicing law and I think they complement each other very well. Poker definitely has helped keep my mind sharp, and that type of mind exercise has become very helpful in law school and hopefully will help me when I practice law. There is plenty of time to do both and I am very excited to balance playing poker and being a lawyer.”
Congratulations to Vanessa on another formidable year and we wish her continued success for 2012.
Other ladies finishing in the top five money earners for 2011 included in 2nd place Maria Ho on $659,900. 3rd place Xuan Liu on $567,271, 4th place Vanessa Rousso on $519,317, and in 5th place Natalya Nikitina on $334,077.