Event #52, Six-Handed 10-Game Mix brought 421 runners to the tables. With a $2,500 buy-in, the prize pool totaled $957,775 and 48 would be taking home cash where first place would stack $244,259.
Vanessa Selbst isn't leaping on to the WSOP stage to accept a bracelet as an unknown that managed to win an event, she's a boulder crushing steam roller at the poker table and the world knows her name. Besides, she's a survivor of Vanessa Rousso's house party which means she's really invincible.
Selbst won a gold bracelet in the $1,500 buy-in Poker-Limit Omaha event in 2008, becoming the first woman to win a WSOP open event since Katja Thater took down the 2007 Razz championship; and became the first woman to win another open event since taking that victory four years ago.
The final table Selbst played to included former gold bracelet winners Chris Bjorin (2 wins), Scott Clements (2 wins), and Michael Saltzburg (1 win).
Heads-up play came down to Selbst and Michael Saltzburg - Saltzburg had roughly 516,000 in chips to Selbst's 2.64 million. They played through the Deuce to7 No Limit Single Draw and Omaha Hi Low 8 or Better round and after getting quartered on the low in one hand Saltzburg was left with a small stack of chips.
The last hand found Selbst opening from the button in Deuce to 7 Limit Triple Draw. Saltzburg called and drew two; Selbst drew one. Saltzburg bet, Selbst raised, and Saltzburg called. Both stood pat and Saltzburg was all-in for the rest of his chips.
Selbst turned over for a real Deuce to 7 Wheel. Selbst waited long enough for Saltzburg's cards to hit the muck and then she was off to her rail to celebrate.
Michael Saltzburg was denied his second WSOP and as a consolation prize took home $150,849.
Vanessa Selbst joined Jennifer Harman as only one of two ladies to win Two WSOP Open Events. Selbst took home $244,259 for her first place victory and her second gold bracelet. Congratulations Vanessa!
Lynn Gilmartin of PokerNews spends a few minutes with Vanessa after her victory:
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