She’s done it again! Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst has pulled off the remarkable feat of going back-to-back at the 2011 PokerStars.net NAPT Mohegan Sun $5,000 Main Event in Uncasville, Connecticut. After claiming the title in 2010, Selbst put in an amazing defence of her crown to become the first player to win back-to-back titles at the same stop of a PokerStars-sponsored tour. For her win, Selbst collected a first-place prize of $450,000 and added another major title to her impressive poker resume.
The field of 387 was reduced to the televised final table, where Selbst’s experience and class shone through, from the early stages where she put Steve O’Dwyer to an early decision for all of his chips, to the final hand that was dealt.
Heads-up play saw Selbst up against well respected pro Dan Shak who held a near three-to-one chip lead. However Selbst was quick to turn it around when she flopped a set of kings to take the chip lead. She ground down Shak further and after two-and-a-half hours of heads-up play the final hand was dealt with Selbst flopping two pair holding on a flop. Selbst checked and then put in a check-raise before Shak moved all in. Selbst snap-called as Shak discovered the bad news for his The turn and river left Shak to pick up second place as Selbst had claimed a brilliant win.
For his finish, Shak walked away $254,000. Selbst, the reigning champion of this event, had successfully defended her title en route to claiming a cool $450,000 in prize money. She can now add a second NAPT title to her trophy case and watch as her lifetime tournament earnings climb to $4,115,864. That’s good enough to bump her ahead of Annette Obrestad into third on the Women’s All-Time Money List and right behind Annie Duke. She’ll also move from 102nd to 87th on the All-Time Money List with still so much of her career ahead of her.
Final Table Payouts
1st Vanessa Selbst - $450,000
2nd Dan Shak - $254,000
3rd Tyler Kenney - $170,000
4th Thomas Hoglund, Jr. - $120,000
5th Vincent Rubianes - $90,000
6th Joe Tehan - $70,000
7th Aaron Overton - $50,000
8th Steve O’Dwyer - $32,330