New Year brings a new opportunity for everyone. For long-time Team PokerStars Pro and top-flight poker professional Vanessa Selbst, it was parting from poker.
Calling it a day, Selbst took to Facebook to announce her retirement. On her Facebook page, she posted “moving on from my career as a professional poker player.” She showed gratitude to the game saying it has “given me so much over the last 12 years…It has been intellectually challenging, exhilarating, fun, and extremely rewarding.”
In her message, she revealed the reasons that have brought her to this decision. She is keen on serving the priorities of building a stable home and starting a family and believes it would be difficult as long as she has to travel regularly.
She added that she does not feel right about promoting poker as an ambassador anymore. She admitted poker has recently turned into a real job and she always wanted it to stay a fun activity. She said this shift and changing priorities had put her at a crossroads.
Selbst is moving on to a hedge fund career. She said that she has been doing trading research and strategy recently. She compared it to poker and described the opportunity as “exhausting, exciting and completely humbling every single day.”
Selbst closed her bidding adieu message with “Whatever happens with my next career, I know that I’ll never truly stop playing poker!” At last, she thanked everyone she has met over the course of her career and everything she has experienced.
Selbst is one of the most notable female players of poker. She started in 2006 and finished in seventh place in a $2000 No Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker on her debut year. In total, Selbst cashed in 84 tournaments around the world.
A World Series of Poker bracelet in 2008 in a $1500 Pot Limit Omaha tournament, a major title on Partouche Poker Tour (now defunct) for a $1.8 million and a $750,000 championship victory North American Poker Tour (now defunct) at Mohegan Sun were the career highlights.
The Ladies’ Championship at the 2017 WSOP was her most recent cash. Selbst collected $11,851,384 in career earnings. No other female poker professionals have collected more cash.