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Selbst Goes Back-To-Back at NAPT Mohegan Sun
Vanessa Selbst successfully defended her title at the North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun main event in Uncasville, Connecticut Wednesday.
The Yale arts grad and Law School student turned Team PokerStars Pro outlasted a field of 387 players to claim the $450k first-place prize and become the first player with multiple NAPT titles.
"I have no words to describe how I feel right now," she said. "To be able to defend the title is amazing. They both meant tremendous things for different reasons, but this is really, really important to me."
Exactly one year and two days after claiming the inaugural NAPT Mohegan Sun crown, Selbst beat hedge fund manager and poker pro Dan Shak heads-up and a final table that included NAPT LA champ Joe Tehan and 21-year-old chip leader Tyler Kenney, the younger brother of PCA $100k and WSOP $25 Six-Max finalist Bryn Kenney.
"For some reason, Connecticut and poker agrees with me," she said.
"It's so incredible, I can't even describe it. Every time I leave law school to go and play a poker tournament, I have a joke that my friends expect me to win because I've literally just won every tournament that I've played in Connecticut the past two years."
Shak had better than 70% of the chips in play heads-up before Selbst flopped a set of kings to snatch a lead she would never relinquish.
After winning the title and $750k in 2010, Selbst went on to win the Partouche Poker Tour main event and collect more than $2.8 million in total earnings on the year.
Here's how the final table finished up this year:
1 Vanessa Selbst $450,000
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