Vanessa Selbst Parts Ways With Pokerstars

One of the most successful female poker pros, Vanessa Selbst, has decided to leave the poker world behind to pursue a career in finance.

Selbst says that she is also ending her longtime sponsorship deal with PokerStars. The 33-year-old New York pro revealed that there are several reasons why she is doing this, like the constant travelling and games getting considerably tougher to beat.

Selbst is not the first player to “retire” with players like Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz and Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen doing the same thing, only to find themselves back playing not so long after. However, she appears to be serious with her choice and is now going to pursue a hedge fund career.

“The most obvious reason is that Black Friday has meant that in order to do this job professionally, you either had to move out of the country or travel 90% of the time. That was really fun for a period of time in my life, but as my late 20s turned into my early 30s and my priorities changed toward building a stable home and community and starting a family, the constant travel is no longer tenable.

Secondly, I don’t feel good about promoting poker as an ambassador anymore (I can’t tell amateurs they should come play online and it’s beatable for them when I don’t feel like it’s true). Lastly, whether because poker got more competitive or because we got older (or likely some combination of the two), poker recently turned into a real job, requiring hard work and discipline to succeed.

Anyway, whatever happens with my next career, I know that I’ll never truly stop playing poker (just ask Fedor Holz what happens when you retire)!” Selbst explained in a post published on her public Facebook account.

Selbst leaves an impressive poker resume behind, that includes nearly $12 million in live tournament cashes and three WSOP bracelets.

Vanessa Selbst’s Career Highlights

2014 WSOP $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Mixed MaxMay 20141st$871,148
PCA $25,000 High RollerJanuary 20143rd$607,580
WPT Borgata OpenSeptember 20132nd$492,569
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €25,000 High RollerMay 20134th$380,656
PCA $25,000 High RollerJanuary 20131st$1,424,420
2012 WSOP $2,500 10 GameJuly 20121st$244,259
L.A. Poker Classic $5,100 No Limit Hold’emFebruary 20121st$140,295
WPT Five Diamond World Poker ClassicDecember 20113rd$338,351
NAPT Mohegan Sun $5,000 Main EventApril 20111st$450,000
Partouche Poker Tour Main EventNovember 20101st$1,823,430
EPT London £20,000 High RollerOctober 20104th$226,910
NAPT Mohegan Sun $5,000 Main EventApril 20101st$750,000
World Poker Finals $1,850 No Limit Hold’emNovember 20081st$115,000
2008 WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit OmahaJune 20081st$227,933
2008 WSOP $10,000 Championship Heads-UpJune 20083rd$108,288
2007 WSOP $5,000 Championship Heads-UpJune 20073rd$128,968
2006 WSOP $2,000 No Limit Hold’emJuly 20067th$101,285

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