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04/14/2011 (4 years ago)

NAPT Mohegan Sun - Selbst is Champion, Again

Add it to the money pile.

Winning the same major two years in a row is one of the rarest things in poker. Johnny Chan did it, Stu Ungar did it, and even though this isn't the Main Event, Vanessa Selbst has done it.

Selbst pocketed $750,000 in 2010 at the Mohegan Sun main event and she added another $450,000 to that by winning it again in 2011.

She defeated Dan Shak heads-up. Selbst came into the match at a three to one deficit but overcame it to seal the deal and snatch another major title.

Shak has been on a bit of a heater himself but today he settled for the $250k and change that went with second place.

Check out the final table results below or Click here for the full NAPT Mohegan Sun results.

Photo credit: Joe Giron for PokerStars Blog

Vanessa Selbst                  
2 Dan Shak $254,000
3 Tyler Kenney $170,000
4 Thomas Hoglund Jr. $120,000
5 Vincent Rubianes $90,000
6 Joe Tehan $70,000
7 Aaron Overton $50,000
8 Steve O'Dwyer $32,330
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04/13/2011 (4 years ago)

NAPT Mohegan Sun - Final Table Chip Counts and Profiles

The final eight.

The NAPT Mohegan Sun has reached the final table and Vanessa Selbst is in the unique position to successfully defend her victory one year ago!

It'll be no easy task, considering the competition she's facing.

Remember, whoever goes all the way later tonight will be winning almost half a million dollars! Here are the final table payouts:

1. $450,000 .
2. $254,000
3. $170,000
4. $120,000
5. $90,000
6. $70,000
7. $50,000
8. $32,330

Click here for the full NAPT Mohegan Sun results.

Check out the final table chip counts below as well as a quick look at the final table players courtesy of our friends at the NAPT.

Photo Credit: Joe Giron for PokerStars Blog

Tyler Kenney 3,021,000
Vanessa Selbst 2,249,000
Vincent Rubianes 1,711,000
Dan Shak 1,571,000
Joe Tehan 1,238,000
Steve O'Dwyer 1,032,000
Thomas Hoglund 541000
Aaron Overton 373,000
Joe Tehan
Joe Tehan

Seat 1: Joe Tehan - Las Vegas, NV

Joe Tehan is a professional poker player, originally from Utica, NY. The 30-year-old currently resides in Las Vegas and travels to a handful of US-based tournaments throughout the year.

He's recently married (3 weeks) and when he's not playing cards, Joe enjoys golf, bowling and fantasy football. Throughout the course of his poker-playing career, Joe has amassed over $3.5 million in earnings, including $725,000 he won for besting the 701-player 2010 NAPT Los Angeles Main Event field back in November.

Should Joe take down Wednesday's final table, he would become the first player in NAPT history to win multiple NAPT Main Event titles. Joe will start with 1,238,000 in chips at the final table.

Seat 2: Thomas Hoglund, Jr. - New Bedford, MA

Thomas Hoglund Jr. is a 36-year-old professional poker player from New Bedford, MA. Hoglund has been playing poker for five years and has a handful of four-figure live tournament scores to his name.

Already guaranteed a minimum payout of of $32,330, no matter where Thomas finishes at Wednesday's final table, this single cash will be bigger than all of his previous live results combined. When he's not playing cards, Hoglund enjoys sports, music and dining out. He'll begin the final table with 541,000 in chips.

Seat 3: Dan Shak - New York, NY

At 51, Dan Shak is the oldest player at the Main Event final table. Shak has lived most of his life in New York City, but is a world traveler and currently splits his time between Las Vegas and NY.

One of the hardest-working players in his game -- trading -- Shak can oft be seen fielding business calls or pecking away on his iPad in between hands at the poker table. A talented tournament poker player, Shak has collected more than $2.4 million in prize money since he started playing tournaments back in 2004. He'll begin the final table with 1,571,000 in chips.

Seat 4: Vincent Rubianes - Santa Barbara, CA

22-year-old Vincent Rubianes claims to have the "best hair in poker." Originally from Stockton, CA, Rubianes now resides in Santa Barbara, where he splits his time between his studies and poker.

Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

Rubianes is a fourth-year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying Political Science. Nicknamed "Side Show Bob," Rubianes once played 800,000 hands of poker in three months for a prop bet. He'll begin the final table with 1,711,000 in chips.

Seat 5: Steve O'Dwyer - Charlotte, NC

Steve O'Dwyer is a 29-year-old professional poker player from Doylestown, PA, currently residing in Charlotte, NC. O'Dwyer has earned more than $600,000 in career tournament winnings; his best result a 6th place finish in the 2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($202,362).

O'Dwyer owns a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, where he studied communications and broadcasting. A win at Wednesday's final table would not only be the largest of O'Dwyer's career; it would also grant him membership to the poker's millionaire's club. Steve will have 1,032,000 in chips to work with when play resumes.

Seat 6: Tyler Kenney - Long Beach, NY

Tyler Kenney is a 21-year-old semi-professional poker player from Long Beach, NY. Tyler is the younger brother of Bryn Kenney, a well known high stakes cash game player who has appeared on the Big Game and finished third at the 2011 PCA Super High Roller Event ($643,000). Tyler credits Bryn for teaching him the game.

Tyler has an impressive tournament resume for only having been a "legal" in the United States for 10 months. He's cashed in two World Series of Poker events, chopped a $5,000 buy-in event at the 2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $90,000 and has amassed more than $140,000 in tournament earnings since turning 21. Tyler enters Wednesday's final table as its chip leader with 3,021,000 in chips.

Seat 7: Aaron Overton - Philadelphia, PA

Aaron Overton became a professional poker player after finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. The 28-year-old from Philadelphia, PA is a cash-game specialist, and admits he rarely plays "tornadoes," (tournaments), but won his seat to the Mohegan Sun Main Event in a $1,000 satellite. When he's not playing cards, Overton can be found snowboarding, biking or spending time with his friends and family. The man they call the "Mighty Redwood" will begin the final table as its short-stack with 373,000 in chips.

Seat 8: Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst - Las Vegas, NV

Making a return to the NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event final table is defending champ and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. Vanessa won the first ever NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event championship, and it appears she's not looking to give up the crown anytime soon.

Should she emerge victorious at Wednesday's final table, Vanessa would become the first player in NAPT history to win back-to-back titles, and the first player to hold two NAPT Main Event titles, period. Her already stellar tournament resume includes a WSOP bracelet, a victory at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event and more than $3.6 million in career tournament earnings.

Selbst holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and is working toward a law degree at the same prestigious college. Vanessa will unbag 2,249,000 in chips when play recommences

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NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event
Mohegan Sun, Connecticut
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Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 $450,000
2 $254,000
3 $170,000
4 $120,000
5 $90,000

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