On Monday, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst won the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller Event, earning $1,424,420. Selbst is now the winningest female player in the history of tournament poker, besting former No. 1 Kathy Liebert by more than $1.1 million. Selbst defeated Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy heads up – Troyanovskiy also made the final table of the $100,000 Super High Roller at the tenth anniversary of the PCA.
2013 PCA $25,000 High Roller Results
The final table started fast, and within 12 hands, three players were eliminated. Micah Raskin was the first player to bow out when he three-bet jammed over an open from Ole Schemion. With the blinds at 12,000/24,000/3,000, Schemion opened to 48,000 from under the gun with
Raskin made a pair of jacks when the flop fell
On Hand #10, Schemion claimed another victim – this time it was fellow countryman Tobias Reinkemeier. Schemion opened to 48,000 from early position with
The eights held as the flop, turn, and river came
Two hands later, Schemion knocked out out a third player from the official final table. The German opened to 48,000 from under the gun with
It was all but over when the flop fell
Schemion’s hot start stalled shortly after he knocked out Kenney when he unsuccessfully tried to bluff Selbst. With the blinds still at 12,000/24,000/3,000, Selbst opened to 50,000 from early position with
Suddenly, the Team PokerStars Pro had the chip lead, while Schemion plummeted to the bottom of the counts.
The German took another hit from Selbst at the start of Level 23. With the blinds at 15,000/30,000/4,000, Schemion opened to 60,000 from under the gun with
Despite plummeting down the counts, Schemion wasn’t the next player to bust – it was Shaun Deeb. Deeb, who entered the final table with the chip lead, played a massive blind vs. blind pot against Selbst when the Team PokerStars Pro hit a very fortuitous river card. With the blinds remaining the same, Selbst raised to 75,000 from the small blind with
Schemion was eliminated during one of the first hands of Level 24. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000/5,000, Vladimir Troyanovskiy opened to 85,000 with
Three-handed play lasted only 45 minutes or so, when Selbst trapped Watson. The Canadian opened to 80,000 on the button with
Watson was eliminated in third place, earning $462,320, and heads-up play began with Selbst commanding a more than 3-to-1 chip lead.
Selbst took the first two pots against Troyanovskiy, but there was no quit from the Russian. After making a key fold with two pair, he doubled to over 30 big blinds with
In the middle of Level 26, Troyanovskiy had a shot to close the gap even further, but Selbst binked another key river card. On the final hand played, with the blinds at 30,000/60,000/10,000, Troyanovskiy raised to 125,000 on the button with two kings, Vanessa Selbst three-bet to 290,000 with
Selbst’s rail cheered for an ace, but the
The final table area became quiet as the
She shot back up out of her chair when the
"I’ll take it," she said with a shocked look on her face. "I’d rather be lucky than good."
Congratulations to Selbst for earning the second-largest score of her career and becoming the winningest female player in tournament poker history. Join us in February as we travel to France for the next stop of the European Poker Tour; EPT Deauville.
For now, goodbye from the Bahamas, and thanks for joining us throughout the 2013 PCA!