In a charity match between poker super star Vanessa Selbst and tennis legend Rafael Nadal it was the former who came out victorious. The event, hosted in a lush Monte Carlo casino, was played out in a heads-up format and Selbst managed to take advantage of her experience as a poker professional.
Nadal, who won a charity poker event in Prague back in December after beating Brazilian football legend Ronaldo and one of the most successful poker player in history Daniel Negreanu, hoped to continue his good run. His run however did not continue, “It was a great honour to play against a strong competitor and although I lost, I had a lot of fun,” the tennis star said.
Selbst said, “Rafa played a great game, but the format and the cards were in my favour. I was able to win by using aggression in good spots and I also made a number of strong hands. I had an excellent time with Rafa and I’m looking forward to the re-match!”
Nadal will now go on to play the ATP Monte Carlo Masters while Selbst will play the European Poker Tour event in Sanremo followed by the Monte Carlo Grand Final.