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The professional poker player who has held down the top spot on the Women’s All Time Money List for the past several years is stepping down. At 33, Vanessa Selbst has decided to retire from poker. She made the announcement on social media on New Year’s Eve.
Selbst counts $11,851,383 and three World Series of Poker bracelets among the winnings of her accomplished poker career. It took years of grinding, international travel, and dedication but the result is a record tied with Barbara Enright for the most gold bracelets won by a woman and nearly double the poker earnings of the next highest earning female, Kathy Liebert ($6,171,145).
In her Facebook post, Selbst explained that she does not plan to leave poker entirely behind her. Now at the top of her career, she has other aspirations that conflict with the travel and lifestyle of a professional poker player. Selbst said she wants to build a home and start a family.
Her official retirement from poker included withdrawing from Team PokerStars. To that, she added that she no longer wishes to promote poker as an ambassador because of how it has changed over the years. According to Selbst, the game has evolved away from amateur players and become too competitive.
Selbst’s future plans include dedicating more time to the hedge fund she is part of and developing her trading skills. She compared working with the hedge fund to her early years of poker, describing the group dynamic as “a bunch of nerdy kids” working together to beat a game.