Vanessa Selbst, a female member of Team PokerStars Pro, became the champion of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2013 $25k High Roller Event and collected a huge cash prize of $1,424,420. This makes Selbst the number one female poker winner in tournament poker history as she has beaten former number one female poker player Kathy Liebert by over $1.1 million. Selbst defeated Russian poker player Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who had also reached the finals of the $100k Super High Roller Event of PCA 2013, in the heads-up match to win the championship.
Here are the results of the $25k High Roller PCA 2013 event. Vanessa Selbst of US emerged as the champion and won $1,424,420 while Russian player Vladimir Troyanovskiy emerged as the runner-up and won $792,180. Mike Watson of Canada and Ole Schemion of Germany finished third and fourth and won cash prizes of $462,320 and $354,860, respectively. Shaun Deeb of US and Bryn Kenney of US finished fifth and sixth and won $289,880 and $229,900, respectively. Tobias Reinkemeier of Germany and Micah Raskin of US finished seventh and eighth and won $174,940 and $129,940, respectively.
Three players were knocked off the final table within just 12 hands; the poker gaming action was that fast. The first player to leave the table was Micah Raskin, and when the 10th hand was being played, Tobias Reinkemeier found himself out of the game. Player Schemion, who had been responsible for eliminating Micah and Tobias also knocked out Bryn Kenney from the final table. However, it was Selbst who eliminated Schemion in the fourth place.
Selbst, who now was the chip leader among the finalists, knocked Deeb off the table, but was rather apologetic toward him. However, Deeb accepted the situation gracefully and headed over to the broadcast booth to join Joe Stapleton and James Hartingan.
The final turned into a three-handed game, during which Canadian player Watson was eliminated, leaving only Selbst playing against Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who stuck to the game although Selbst won two pots from him initially. The blinds during the final hand of the game were at 30,000/60,000/10,000. While Troyanovskiy raised, Selbst made a three bet, which was shortly followed by a four-bet from the Russian player.
Ultimately, Selbst realized that she had become the champion of the match and said in a shocked voice,
I’ll take it. I’d rather be lucky than good.