Vanessa Selbst is on track to becoming the most successful female poker player of all time. In a new interview she now reveals some of her secrets of success, saying that finding value whenever she can is key to her impressive results.
Vanessa Selbst is widely celebrated as one of the most successful female poker
pros of all time. With almost $5 million in live tournament scores, including several major titles, the young American has already achieved more in just a few years than many do in a lifetime.
In a fresh interview
with her sponsors from PokerStars, Selbst now reveals a bit about her secrets for success, among other things saying that she is focused on value rather than prestige when it comes to picking out the right tournaments to play.
"[I play] whatever I'm in the mood to play and makes sense geographically. I'm not a crazy grinder so I take a lot of time off for sightseeing and relaxing," Selbst said.
When asked about her interest in playing the frequent high roller events that have popped up on the tournament circuit in recent years, she admits to be interested but also cautious due to the large buy-ins and the high variance.
"I'm basically a bankroll nit, and I don't love variance," she said.
"While the high rollers are fun because they're a much greater challenge and you can hit a big score, I think they're fun to play on occasion only. The key to a successful career is about finding the best value whenever I can."
Selbst's game plan has so far worked out to perfection, as she continues to make remarkable results wherever she goes.
Following record years in 2010 and 2011 which saw her take home prizes worth more than $2.7 million, she is already on track to making 2012 memorable, too.
With just a few months gone since New Year, Selbst has already taken down her first major score in a tough $5,100 L.A. Poker Classic event for $140,000, followed by a runner-up finish in a the LAPC $5,100 Heads-Up Event for an additional $31,000.
Her largest result so far, however, dates back to the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, where she took home an astonishing $1,823,430 first prize.