Liv Boeree versus Vanessa Selbst


Poker columns had begun labeling 2010 as the Year of the Woman in April 2010. That this name did not eventually hold true is another story. But the genesis of this name lay in two spectacular victories achieved by female poker players in April. The first was Vanessa Selbst winning the NAPT Mohegan Sun on April 7, 2010. The other was Liv Boeree taking the EPT San Remo on April 15. One year down the line Vanessa repeated her success and won a back to back second title at the Mohegan Sun Main Event. On the other hand Liv has just unceremoniously crashed out of the San Remo event on Day 1. This is an opportune occasion to check out how these two leading poker babes have fared over the last 12 months.

Liv has placed in 11 major events in this period according to the Hendon Mob poker database. She has not won any of them. Liv has been runner up on two occasions. One of these was the restricted entry World Cup of Poker, which is an event in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Since it is not an open event it really does not count. The other event in which Liv placed second was the EPT London in October last year. The only other single digit place came in another restricted entry event. Her total live tournament earnings since her San Remo win have been around $130,000.

Vanessa has placed in 7 major events in this period according to the Hendon Mob poker database. Apart from the repeat Mohegan Sun win Vanessa also won the Partouche Poker Main Event at Cannes in September 2010. In the last six events Vanessa has a single digit placing. Her total live tournament earnings since her last year’s Mohegan Sun win have been in excess of $2.6 million.

Ironically, Vanessa is still in contention at the EPT San Remo 2011. From a field of just less than 1,000 players, 460 survived Day 1. According to the last update of Day 2, Vanessa is down from her Day 1 chip count but yet in a position to grind back. Therefore the kudos goes to Vanessa Selbst, but the picture goes to poker babe Liv Boeree.

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