Her poker face

How did Vanessa Selbst become the top female poker player of all time?

Originally Published: June 27, 2013
By Tim Struby | ESPN The Magazine

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THE POKER MIND of Vanessa Selbst, the world's best No-Limit Hold'em tournament player, works something like this: It's Day 5 of the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour event at Palm Beach Casino in Cannes, France. About 40 players remain, and blinds are 5K/10K. Selbst is the big blind, top 10 in chips, sitting on a 1 million chip stack. At her table, early position opens with ...

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