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Williams, Selbst Join PokerStars
PokerStars has officially signed David Williams and Vanessa Selbst.
The online poker room introduced the two players as members of Team PokerStars Pro during a press conference at the Palms on Tuesday.
Williams mentioned he was happy to be a part of the PokerStars family.
"It's quite special to be part of Team PokerStars," said Williams. "I've always felt it's the biggest and best site there is."
"Being part of a product that you can endorse whole-heartedly is amazing."
Both players are young but have experienced a lifetime of poker over the last decade.
A former Magic: The Gathering player, Williams rose to poker stardom when he finished runner-up to current Team PokerStars member Greg Raymer in the 2004 WSOP Main Event.
It was the best ever finish for an African American in the Main Event and Williams earned $3.5 million for his second place finish.
Over the next few years Williams was never short of media exposure as Bodog Pro and was featured on reality game show King of Vegas and in his own Raw Vegas video blog.
His poker record is also impeccable with second place finish in the WPT Borgata Poker Open for $573,800 in 2004, a WSOP bracelet win in the 2006 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event.
Most recently Williams won the WPT World Championship at Bellagio for $1.5 million to bump his lifetime earnings to $7.9 million.
Williams is hopeful his game will only improve as a member Team PokerStars Pro.
"If I'm struggling or I have questions about my game I'm going to have world champions that I can turn to," he said.
Meanwhile Vanessa Selbst is one of the premier female players in the game with five WSOP final tables, a victory in the 2008 WSOP $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha for $227,933.
Selbst won NAPT Mohegan Sun back in April for $750,000, which bumped her lifetime earnings up to $1.6 million.
Selbst was born in Brooklyn, New York, and cut her teeth playing online poker where she was known as fslexcduck.
She's currently a law student at Yale and an instructor at the online poker training site Deuces Cracked.
Selbst and Williams will join a team that already includes Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Vanessa Rousso, Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Mercier, Barry Greenstein and many more players from around the globe.
Both players will play in the ongoing 2010 WSOP Main Event.