NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event Won By Vanessa SelbstApril 12, 2010 6:43 am
Vanessa Selbst has won the North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun Main Event, after defeating a field of 715 players to take the title and the $750,000 first place prize.
Vanessa Selbst is no stranger to poker success having won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 at the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $227,933, and her latest victory at the Main Event of the Mohegan Sun now brings her career tournament earnings to over $1,670,000.
The DeucesCracked coach recently took a break from the tournament circuit to begin her studies full-time at Yale Law School, but she was clearly delighted she took the time to join the NAPT event.
“This is the biggest win of my career,” Selbst said. “I know bracelets are supposed to prestigious, but that win was 231 (thousand) and this was 750 (thousand). The dollars talk…When I left (poker), I was tired of it, I miss it (now).”
Throughout the $5,000 buy-in tournament, Vanessa Selbst used her vast poker knowledge and experience to dominate her opponents and hold a commanding lead during most of the competition.
As the remaining 8 players took their seats at the final table, despite being second in chips Selbst knew she would have to pull all the stops out of the bag, though, if she was to beat a top class line-up which included Jonathan Aguiar , Scott Seiver, Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy, and Derek Raymond.
However, it took just 6 hours before Vanessa Selbst ploughed her way through to the heads-up phase of the competition, and with a 6 to 1 chip advantage over her opponent Mike Beasley, she was able to dispatch him shortly after.
Mike Beasley pushed pre-flop with Qh-Ts and was called by Selbst holding Ah-8s. With no help from the board Beasley had to be content with a $428,000 runner-up position, while Selbst enjoyed her biggest victory to date worth an impressive $750,000.
Explaining her aggression throughout the tournament, Selbst commented: “”It’s why I make the calls like I did (yesterday) with ace-five vs. five-six…it makes other players think twice before they call me. I want them to know they’re putting their tournament lives at stake.”