The second WSOP bracelet of this summer was awarded to Vanessa Selbst for her victory in the $25,000 Mixed-Max Event and it was the third WSOP title of her career. This achievement is matched by only one other woman in the history of the series, Barbara Enright, and it is without a doubt something to be very proud of.
In a field of 131 players in the Mixed-Max Event, Selbst and Jason Mo were the two players who made it all the way to the finals after three days of play. Vanessa came back with a chip deficit, as she was starting about two million chips behind. It wasn’t that big of a deal, as she managed to overcome a 7:1 deficit in the semifinal match against Al Decarolis, so no one would really dare to sign her off simply due to being slightly behind.
While Selbst was after her third bracelet, Mo was trying to capture his first. The closest he ever came previously was in 2012 when he finished runner-up in a $10,000 Heads-Up event, losing the final match to Brian Hastings. Despite his mathematical advantage, Mo was facing quite a challenge as Selbst is truly one of the game’s best players and is never one to give up without a fight.
This became quite clear soon, as Vanessa started slowly chipping up, closing the gap between her and her opponent. However, at one point Selbst made a misstep and her stack dwindled back down to about 2.3 million, while Mo moved up to more than 7.5 million and things were not looking good for Vanessa.
At this point it seemed unlikely that Selbst would be able to master up another comeback, but it is poker after all and no one can really take away anything from Selbst’s skill and her poker talent. She actually dropped another half a million in chips before starting her way to victory.
First she doubled up with #Js#10s against Mo’s #6d#3d after limp-calling his shove. This made Vanessa’s stack somewhat healthier, but the hand that made her the chip leader was one in which she turned a set of Queens while holding a pair of Ladies, while Mo made top pair top kicker with his #as#qs. Considering it was heads-up play, the hand can be qualified under coolers as all the chips went in, but nonetheless, Selbst took the chip lead for the first time as her 7.3 million was playing Mo’s 2.5 million.
Mo wasn’t ready to give up just yet in his quest for his first bracelet and managed to master one double up before losing some chips to Vanessa again. And then came the final hand. Mo moved all-in for about 2.5 million from the button holding #9d#7d and with blinds at 80k/160k, Selbst decided to make the call with #Kh#Jc. The board ran out #10c#as#2c#ad#js, bringing no help to Mo and he was eliminated in second place, taking home $538,308.
Selbst was now free to start celebrating her victory that included $871,148 in prize money. With this title, Vanessa has also become a serious contender in the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Vanessa may be walking away with the second bracelet of the series, but many more are on the way and we will keep you updated on all the winners here at PokerUpdate until every single bracelet finds an owner and every event announces its champion!