For those who aren't familiar with Vanessa Selbst, shame on you. Selbst has, and continues to be, one of the best and most successful players in the world. Going into the 2012 World Series of Poker Selbst was just shy of having $5 million in tournament winnings. Just under a week ago that all changed as she made the final table of the $1,500 No-Limit Holdem event at this very WSOP. She ended up finishing in 4th place to take home $161,345 in that event and will be looking for similar success here.
Unfortunately for Selbst she hasn't had a great start to the day. We were recently walking by her table and noticed she was involved in a pot with two other opponent's. The board showed at this point and Selbst was first to act. She opted to check and the player two to her left bet 1,200. It was then on the player on the button and they moved all in for 3,500. That bet sent Selbst into the tank as she would be putting her tournament life on risk if she made the call. She tanked for around a minute before giving a slight shrug and folding. The original bettor made the call.
Selbst watched the rest of the hand play out with interest, seeing that the all in player had , while the other player had . The river then rolled off with a , sending the unlucky player to the rail.