Vanessa Selbst announces retirement from poker

The most successful female poker player in the history of the game has announced she’s cashing in her chips for good. In a Facebook post on New Year’s Day, Vanessa Selbst announced that she is retiring from professional poker.

It appeared Selbst, who is only 33 years old, had many years left at poker tables around the world. However, the fact that she had to travel the world to more readily find those poker tables is one of the reasons she is giving up the game. In her retirement post on Facebook, she didn’t name one sole reason for leaving, but she did mention how traveling the world to support the poker lifestyle has become much more necessary since Black Friday decimated the online industry in 2011.

Selbst burst onto the poker scene in 2006 when she posted the first big cash of her career at the World Series of Poker. She finished seventh in a $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament to earn $101,285. Two years later she bagged her first WSOP bracelet by winning a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament at the 2008 WSOP. For the win she pocketed $227,933.

She would go on to win two more WSOP bracelets, in 2012 and 2014. In her career she posted 29 cashes at the WSOP, including 10 final tables, worth $2.2 million.

Selbst posted 21 six-figure cashes in her career

Selbst’s biggest poker payday came away from the WSOP at the Partouche Poker Tour in France in 2010. In the €7,500 No-Limit Hold’em main event, she outlasted a 764-player field to win €1.3 million, or roughly $1.8 million.

Among her other impressive poker feats were back-to-back wins on the North American Poker Tour. She won the Mohegan Sun $5,000 main event in 2010 and returned a year later to defend the title, becoming the first and only person ever to win the same title in consecutive years. The combined prize money for the two wins was $1.2 million.

At the end of it all, Selbst posted 21 six-figure cashes in her career and amassed more money at the live poker tables than any other woman in history. According to the Hendon Mob, she’s cashed $11,851,383 in live earnings, good enough for 41st all-time.