Vanessa Selbst Wins 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event and Makes History

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Ace King
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Vanessa Selbst Wins 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun

Vanessa Selbst accomplished the unthinkable Wednesday night, capturing the 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event title to become the first and only player with multiple NAPT titles to her name.  She walked off with $450,000.

"For some reason, Connecticut and poker agrees with me," said Selbst. "It's so incredible, I can't even describe it. Every time I leave law school to go and play a poker tournament, I have a joke that my friends expect me to win because I've literally just won every tournament that I've played in Connecticut the past two years."

Selbst overcame a significant chip disadvantage when play reached the heads-up stage. Runner-up Dan Shak owned roughly 74% of the chips in play; Selbst, the rest. Midway through the heads-up match, Selbst flopped a set of kings in a pivotal hand that gave her the chip lead, and from there, she never looked back.

Selbst is becoming one of the biggest names on the female poker circuit along with the likes of Annie Duke and Vanessa Rousso.

The American-born player has won $4,562,979 lifetime in live poker tournaments, including a first place win and nearly $2 million cashout last September at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event – No Limit Hold’em.

- Ace King,