Poker Pros and Fans React to Retirement of Vanessa Selbst

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Poker Pros and Fans React to Retirement of Vanessa Selbst
08 Jan

The recent announcement made by Vanessa Selbst to retire from the game of poker came as a shock to many, especially considering her status as the all-time money winner among the fairer sex.

Her accomplishments include three WSOP gold bracelets and winnings of more than $11.8 million over a span of 12 years. Selbst almost doubled the earnings of her nearest pursuer on the ladies' money list, the $6.1 million amassed by Kathy Liebert.

While there is plenty to talk about Selbst regarding her results and achievements on the felt, what shouldn't be left out is the number of players she influenced and motivated to both take up the game and also get better at it. That list includes men and women alike, as evidenced by social media posts in response to Selbst' announced retirement.

The well wishes on Selbst' future endeavors numbered in the hundreds on Twitter and included Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, who recently got into a social media rift with Selbst over some comments he made about Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul and alleged sex predator. Selbst called Matusow a "pathetic human being" over his views on the issue, but that didn't stop The Mouth from putting petty arguments aside to give Vanessa a warm send-off.

Also paying respects to Selbst and her poker legacy was YouTube personality and Upswing Poker co-founder Doug Polk.

While Selbst makes a transition to hedge fund trading, there were more than a few posters who expressed a desire for Selbst to enter the world of politics. After she crushes this hedge fund thing, will we see Vanessa the political candidate emerge?

PokerTube would also like to wish Selbst the best of luck as she moves on from poker. Thanks for the memories, Vanessa!

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Charles is a Chicago native and long time poker player who dusted off his journalism degree and began writing about poker following the events of Black Friday in 2011. He has written for a number of leading poker websites, offering his insights and expertise on subjects ranging from online poker leg...Read more


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