Vanessa SelbstUnited States
There's no hiding that Vanessa Selbst occupied this space last year as well when we wrote, "It's scary to hear, but Selbst has added another weapon to her game. The bracelet winner has been spending time recently improving her mixed-game play." While we may not have been accurate on some other predictions, we were spot on with this one as her third WSOP victory came in the 10-game mixed event. Her 2012 WSOP included five cashes, two final tables and a 73rd-place finish in the main event.
Selbst became the leader on the women's all-time money list earlier this year with her victory in the $25,000 High Roller event at PCA. She's an incredible talent in the game and there's rarely a dull moment at her table when she has some chips to work with.