Commentary

Selbst dominates Event 19

Updated: June 17, 2008, 7:02 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN Poker Club

Event 18 | Event 20

New York can claim yet another bracelet. Vanessa Selbst, a 23-year-old professional poker player from Brooklyn, N.Y., earned her first bracelet and $227,933 by winning Event 19, a $1,500 pot-limit Omaha tournament.

Selbst, the first woman to win an open WSOP event since Katja Thater in 2007, recently graduated from Yale University and plans to return there this fall to study law. She eventually plans to work on behalf of human rights issues and strongly believes that there's more to life than just poker.

"I really think it's important to do other things [aside from playing poker all the time]," Selbst said. "We have to give something back. We are so fortune to be here essentially flipping coins for $80,000 [in prize money]. While that's great, I also believe we have a responsibility to do greater deeds."

However, during the WSOP, Selbst's priorities are clear as she quickly entered another tournament to find success.

She finished as a semifinalist in the $10,000 heads-up world championship, giving her a profit of more than $335,000 in three days. She also cashed in Event 13 earlier this year with a 34th-place finish. Throughout her career, Selbst has seven cashes for $605,929.

Below are the complete results of Event 19 of the 2008 World Series of Poker:

Event 19: Pot-limit Omaha
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 759
Prize pool: $1,036,035
Players in the money: 72

1. Vanessa Selbst ($227,933)
2. Jamison Pickering ($145,459)
3. Stanley Statkiewicz Jr ($88,063)
4. Thomas Schultz ($72,004)
5. Eugene Todd ($59,054)
6. Craig Natte ($46,622)
7. Mel Randolph ($36,261)
8. Jamie Robbins ($28,491)
9. Kenneth Lairson ($20,721)
10. Anthony Phillips ($12,950)
11. Calen McNeil ($12,950)
12. Chris Bjorin ($12,950)
13. Kyle Hegeman ($10,360)
14. Gregory Cox ($10,360)
15. Robertus Hollink ($10,360)
16. Trai Dang ($7,770)
17. Todd Barlow ($7,770)
18. Colin York ($7,770)
19. Jordan Morgan ($5,905)
20. Jeffrey Brown ($5,905)
21. Lawrence Cowsar ($5,905)
22. Randall Holland ($5,905)
23. Carter Gill ($5,905)
24. James Lampropoulos ($5,905)
25. James Lenaghan ($5,905)
26. Max Pescatori ($5,905)
27. Jesper Hougaard ($5,905)
28. Nam Le ($4,869)
29. Phillip Reed ($4,869)
30. Brian Sharrock ($4,869)
31. Douglas Smith ($4,869)
32. George Watson ($4,869)
33. Jason Mcintosh ($4,869)
34. Chau Giang ($4,869)
35. Ward Crane ($4,869)
36. Eric Rosenman ($4,869)
37. Mark Deserrano ($3,833)
38. Anthony Cousineau ($3,833)
39. Martin Smyth ($3,833)
40. Paul Magriel ($3,833)
41. Allyn Shulman ($3,833)
42. Emanuel Failla ($3,833)
43. Earl Odom ($3,833)
44. Jae Kim ($3,833)
45. Daniel Martin ($3,833)
46. Michael Cook ($3,522)
47. Marcel Bedard ($3,522)
48. Brian Woods ($3,522)
49. Kasey Nam ($3,522)
50. Roland Isra ($3,522)
51. Jeffery Higgins ($3,522)
52. Leroy Baca ($3,522)
53. Gerhard Schieber ($3,522)
54. Michael Mcstott ($3,522)
55. Christopher Landgraff ($3,211)
56. Paul Evans ($3,211)
57. Douglas Carli ($3,211)
58. Sean Patrick ($3,211)
59. Michael Katz ($3,211)
60. David Ulliott ($3,211)
61. Rolf Slotboom ($3,211)
62. William Bryant ($3,211)
63. Santos Ortiz ($3,211)
64. Robert Parise ($2,900)
65. John Womack ($2,900)
66. Timothy Finne ($2,900)
67. Paul Seibert ($2,900)
68. Dax Garrison ($2,900)
69. Alex Jacob ($2,900)
70. Charles Satterwhite ($2,900)
71. Ryan Carey ($2,900)
72. Kathy Liebert ($2,900)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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