Tuesday found 131 players ready to battle it out for a prize pool of $871,148 and a gold bracelet in Event #2: Mixed Max No Limit Hold'em — a new event on the schedule of the 2014 WSOP...and the only one with a $25,000 buy-in this summer. The event was scheduled to run four days and each day the players sat down to a different Hold'em format. Day 1 the tables were eight-handed, Day 2 played to six-handed tables, Day 3 was a day of four-handed action with the final four being seeded into two heads-up matches according to chip count for Day 4.
The final results of the $25,000 Mixed Max Event:
1st: Vanessa Selbst - $871,148
2nd: Jason Mo - $538,308
T-3rd: Al Decarolis - $290,622
T-3rd: JC Tran - $290,622
In the semifinals Vanessa Selbst had to fight her way through a seven-to-one chip deficit and when the tournament got down to heads-up, Selbst was looking at another big chip disadvantage when she faced off against Jason Mo. Never underestimate the power of a great poker player (being female is cool but to compare her play as 'the best woman player' would be grossly unfair because she is simply — great!) as she played her way to the top and claimed her third World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
Hand #63 ended with Selbst winning a huge pot and gave her the chip lead. The case queen hit the turn which gave Mo top pair and a set of queens to Selbst, she called a big bet on the river. Mo soon doubled up but never managed to even up the match.
Barbara Enright is the only woman that is tied with Selbst for gold bracelets. Selbst is a Team PokerStars Pro and has over $10 million in career live tournament earnings — including the $871,147 top prize.
Mo has been a runner-up at the WSOP twice. In 2012 Brian Hastings took first place in the $10,000 Heads-Up Championship while Mo took home $229,722 for his second place finish.
Selbst’s wife was on the rail and her puppies were allowed in the Thunderdome too. But the celebration didn't start until the smoke cleared after Hand #72:
Jason Mo moved his last 2.535 million all-in from the button and Vanessa Selbst called.
The dealer put up the and Selbst had a new gold bracelet along with the cash and instant claim to fame. Along with this win, she just stepped in the front of the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year. And it's a first! The first time a woman has ever held the top spot in the rankings.
Sarah Grant talked to Selbst and her puppies: