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Vanessa Selbst ’05

Vanessa Selbst ’05 has always been a competitor. She played tennis and hockey at MIT, then rugby after transferring to Yale. These days, her playing field is the card table: since 2006, she has won $681,115 playing poker. On June 12, she won her first World Series of Poker event, taking home a gold bracelet and $227,965. One poker website said her final table was “as rowdy as any poker duel in recent memory.” (Click here for a live blog account of the event, but only if you have a clue what a “check preflop” is.)

Selbst will be even more dangerous in another three years: she’s bringing her winnings back to New Haven in the fall and starting law school.

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