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Vanessa Selbst

Meet you at the bar (exam)

Law school was one of the most intellectually challenging experiences of my life. Still, I managed to stay disciplined and focused, working long but interesting and invigorating hours. I did that for almost two full years, up until a pesky little poker tournament called NAPT Mohegan Sun 2010. From that point on, the card tables […]

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That Time I Faced Off Against Rafa Nadal

I have loved tennis for almost as long as I can remember. I started playing when I was around 10, and I quickly took to the sport. I played at summer camps, took lessons during the week, participated in USTA tournaments, and played for my school’s varsity tennis team during high school. It’s safe to […]

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My goals for 2014

I’m not necessarily one for New Year’s “resolutions.” People tend to make grand declarations with good intentions and then fall off the wagon by February 1, and I want to avoid that trap. Setting goals, however, seems different to me somehow; less absolute. I can go into the year, reflect on the year that’s passed, […]

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A Day In the (Non-Poker) Life

As a live tourney pro, my poker life and my non-poker life are pretty distinct from one another. Either I’m on the road at a tournament series or I’m at home in my other life. If the whole thing were a venn diagram, there would only be the tiniest little overlapping part between these two […]

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My chance at the Million Second Quiz

I grew up in family games. My parents, both gifted Bridge players, taught my brother and me about strategy and deductive reasoning using board games. My mother would look at me across a colorful Mastermind board, surveying my latest attempt to crack her code, and ask “Now what do you know?” Needless to say, my […]

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My New York City

I recently decided to give up my bi-coastal life, and have moved my US-base from Las Vegas back to New York City–Brooklyn, more specifically. I have lived in New York intermittently for a lot of my life, but haven’t been here with any regularity since I went to law school in 2008. I missed it: […]

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World Series Grind

When non-poker playing people find out I spend all summer in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, they always ooh and ahh like they can’t imagine a more relaxing and glamorous way to spend the summer. In truth, WSOP time is 90% work and only 10% play. It is the most work-oriented, poker-oriented, […]

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I skipped SCOOP (and that’s okay)

My last days in Monte Carlo were mostly spent fielding the question “Where are you playing SCOOP?” The question is never “Are you playing SCOOP?” or “Do you think you’ll play SCOOP this year?” or “Do you have anything else going on in your life that would cause you to choose not to spend the […]

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Family Road Trip

Moving our United States home base recently meant packing two adults, two huge suitcases, several large carry-on bags, one mostly-deflated air mattress, three pillows, and two five-pound dogs into a cherry red hybrid, New York City bound. Although I had driven cross-country before, I usually crammed all of the driving into two or three days, […]

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At Home In London

Going to London is always exciting for me. It feels like a home away from home. I’ve probably been there a total of ten times, and I lived in London briefly last spring. It feels similar to New York City, which is where I grew up, and I realized that it’s not the aesthetics of […]

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Kitchen Range Merge

People are always surprised to hear that one of my passions is cooking. I don’t know why that is. I’m not sure if it’s because cooking is seen as a traditionally feminine thing, but for some reason, people (especially poker players) are always surprised when I wake up early to start dicing tomatoes and chopping […]

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Good Start To 2013, But More To Come…

I’m not generally one for sentimentality, but I can’t help but be reflective at the start of a new year. January 1 sort of compels you to think back on the last year of your life–the things you accomplished or didn’t accomplish–and think about how you might do things differently for the upcoming year. I […]

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In the Clouds, Back In time

When I was in law school, I went on an exchange program in Argentina. We stayed for one month in Buenos Aires, where we studied at the University of Palermo. We went to classes, met professors and judges, hung out with students, and practiced our Spanish. When I left Argentina, I missed the vibe and […]

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WSOP – Tilt-avoidance, determination, success!

Coming into this year’s WSOP, I wasn’t happy with my past poker performance, both in terms of last year’s series and in terms of the immediate months that preceded the WSOP on the poker circuit. Last summer was the first time since 2008 that I had played a full schedule of tournaments, and I hadn’t […]

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Ready for the next step AND strategy Q+A

Happy new year everyone! I don’t know about you all, but personally, I’m ready for the next step of life.  I’ve already sent in my SAW, which is the paper everyone is required to write before graduation (mine was on Glik v. Cunniffe and the future of the First Amendment right to record the police […]

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Blog, blarg, blurg

Let me start from the end and work my way backwards.  That always seems like a less daunting approach to reflecting on the last month or two of my life. My immediate past was twenty-four minutes of pure, unadulterated euphoria (see below list point in re: watching the Wonder Years on Netflix). Before those twenty-four […]

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Post-WSOP, on to the next phase(s)

So the WSOP was somewhat of a disappointment, but there was also some positive.  To start with the bad: well, the poker.  I started off the series thinking about making adjustments in my game.  I hadn’t played more than a couple tournaments in each WSOP in a few years, and I think my game has […]

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WSOP week one

It’s Wednesday, June 8th. I’ve been in Las Vegas for just over two weeks now since school ended.  I remember the months leading up to the World Series, the anticipation building slowly and then faster and faster, as finals came to an end and the promise of the Rio convention center loomed near.  The summer […]

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Going to Aussie Millions

going to aussie millions for the second half of january.  i’m so excited – it’s been a long time since i’ve taken a serious poker trip like this, and it’s been a long time coming.  i’m going to try to play as many events as i can, though getting some sun (and sadly writing a […]

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Facebook Page/Update on the End of Summer/Tournamentality

Sorry for the lack of updates; I’m just so confused by the umpteen forms of social media that I’m supposed to take part in.  I’ve now (somewhat reluctantly) started a twitter page, and also a facebook page that has all of my various poker related happenings. My current news: I’m finishing up my internship at […]

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In Vegas, Playing the Women’s Tourney

Hey everyone – I’m in Vegas this weekend, going to be playing the women’s tourney and then I guess maybe the 6max limit if I bust this early?  I’m just here for the weekend until I fly out for some real WSOP action on June 28th.  You can follow my updates at http://twitter.com/fslexcduck. I’ve made […]

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Live Coaching Available!

So I’m excited to be getting back into poker very very soon.  One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot (and thanks to Tommy Angelo for his help with this) is beginning my own live poker coaching program.  We can either focus on cash games or tournaments – up to the student. I’m going to […]

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Police Misconduct Links

So I was browsing twoplustwo and noticed a thread about police – and there were some links to incidents of police misconduct that I thought I would share with you all.  Bear in mind that these are only the incidents for which videos actually exist.  When I was arrested and tried to record the interaction, […]

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Interesting Hands from NAPT Mohegan Sun Final Table(s)

Here are some hands I wrote up for the Cardplayer article Final Table Takedown.  These were some of my more interesting hand from the final 2 and final tables of the tournament. Hand 1: A5s is so pretty, how could you fold? So right now there are 12 people left in the tournament and both […]

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Motion to Treat My 14 Year-Old Client As a 75 year Old, White, Privileged Corporate Executive

“Motion to Treat My 14 Year-Old Client As a 75 year Old, White, Privileged Corporate Executive.” That was the motion that Bryan Stevenson, delirious one night from emotional and physical exhaustion, filed in court for a 14 year old client they sentenced to life imprisonment.  14 years old. Stevenson figured hey if they can try […]

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Foxwoods 5/10 – Owned!

so i’m up at foxwoods working on some law school stuff, playing poker, and just generally not sleeping enough for spring break.  beats a week in cancun… right?  right? well anyway, i thought this would be a good time to share a hand i played last night. some background – well… i’ve been raising like […]

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WSOP Tournament of Champions

Hey everyone! So for one, I figured out that I’m going to be able to go to the WSOP for about two weeks this summer, since the people at my summer job are super awesome and chill and are letting me take off two weeks right in the middle of the summer. And here is […]

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Aussie Millions Academy

Hey all, So I wanted to give you all a heads up on some more sweet news for Australia.  The Executive Producers, Founders, and couple other coaches from Deuces Cracked are heading down to Melbourne to play the events and have fun in the sun.  But we’re also running the Aussie Millions Academy, where you […]

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Border Patrol

i’m just going to post stories when i hear about them.  feel free to read or not read.  fwiw, i am planning to write about poker again soon as well. Canadian Sci-Fi writer gets beaten up at US border

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2010 Rebellious Lawyering Conference (RebLaw!)

Hey so I’m working with 6 other students to plan this conference called RebLaw, which stands for the Rebellious Lawyering Conference.  It’s the largest student-run public interest law conference in the country, with over 700 people attending last year.  We just got registration up, so come check out the site, and if you’re interested in […]

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Arrested. And a New Computer. Yay.

yeah, so i know you’re all curious about the subject line.  i DID finally make the switch to mac, with a shiny new macbook pro and an imac.  saying goodbye to the horror that is the dell computer company. oh, right, the arrested thing.  i’m mostly blogging about this now to serve as a tool […]

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Fuck the Police

On July 16, 2009, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a world-renowned Harvard University African American studies professor, was arrested outside his own home for disorderly conduct after a verbal confrontation with Cambridge police officer Sergeant James Crowley, who was investigating a call about a possible burglary.  Gates returned home from a trip to China to find […]

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Finished Up Duck Soup, Coaching Going Well, Almost Done with 1L!

The subject pretty much sums it up.  I’m glad we finally worked out all the kinks on the audio for the last episode of duck soup, though it’s troubling that I’m still having a lot of problems making these videos on my laptop.  It’s really amazing how many things can go wrong with computers, given […]

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NBC Heads-Up Appearance

It’s on the NBC sports website.  If you go to nbcsports.com/poker, and click on watch 2009 hu championship, my segment is less than a minute.  I’m in the diamonds bracket, end of part 5 and beginning of part 6.  All in all a pretty disappointing tourney AND appearance.  I thought Oppenheim was acting especially douchey/cocky, […]

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Lol Donkaments… Sigh

a little tilted about the whole nbc hu thing – i drew layne flack who didn’t show due to a late night drunk driving debacle, so i faced off against david oppenheim. i bluff raised a river early against a pretty obvious weak hand, and he called and i was down 3:1 in chips early.  […]

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Off to Vegas!

hollaaaaaaa oh vegas i have missed you.  i don’t know why; i can’t explain it; but believe me, from the bottom of the heart, it is true. if any of you fools are out there right now and i havent been in touch, call me! xoxo – V

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Jeopardy Rant

how do such stupid fucking people get on jeopardy???? it is unreal to me.  unfuckingbelievable. on monday, the scores going into final jeopardy were: 10200, 10800, 21600.  the 10800 btw was the 2-time defending champ.  if 1 and 2 tie btw, they both come back the next day – so the 21600 person is betting […]

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Sorry for the Hiatus!

i actually, for the first time in my life, lost my username and password for the site. and i hadn’t entered an email into my profile so i couldn’t update my blog. but have no fear, I’m back for real now, and I plan to write. i’m currently in video production mode, working on my […]

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In Other News…

I’m trying to bring some things back in my life that I used to take a ton of care to do – for one, keep up on the news in the world and politics and all that. I just started using google reader, which is amazing. You add a ton of blogs that you like […]

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This Holiday Might Not Suck After All…

so as i tend to like to preach, i decided to step away from the poker table to appreciate what’s going on in my life. nora, my extremely low-maintenance girlfriend, had expressed dismay to me over me not being able to join her for what was for both of us, the first valentine’s day we […]

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Ship the Women’s Tourney

yeah i’m 2/3 final tabling women’s tournies so far. general comments: i ran well. people folded to me all the time. women are very nice/friendly but mostly not very skilled at poker although a few women did impress me throughout the night.  still, they chose not to tangle with me as much which made things […]

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Law School!

So I guess I’m actually going to law school next year, it’s looking like.  I have been accepted to Yale, NYU, and Columbia so far and still waiting til hear on Harvard and Stanford.  I’m really only considering Yale and NYU though.  I would really love to go to Yale as its an incredible school, […]

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My Pokercast Interview

Click below: http://pokercast.twoplustwo.com/listen_and_browse.php

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A Ridiculous Call, General PCA Thoughts

This is maybe the sickest call I’ve ever made, just fyi (I’ve called with worse than Q high before, but this is just ridiculous). OK so it’s Day 1 of the PCA, and we’re still in level 1 (50/100).  I’m down to 12k from my original 20k because I tried to squeeze, and this crazy […]

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2nd Day in Vegas

2 days before new years, and here we are in this mansion. it’s seriously ridiculous… i’m going to take some pictures but i don’t have a usb cord with me so i’ll have to add them in when i get back from PCA. it’s 10,000 square feet, and all one floor… so it’s kind of […]

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Off to The Land of the Live Pokers…

welcome to my blog! hopefully i will keep this exciting and entertaining enough for everyone. i will be including a bunch of poker strategy and then assorted other crap from my life. the assorted other crap actually contributes a lot to my life so i hope to pull it in and make it relevant as […]

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WAG Diaries: Vanessa & Miranda