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Williams, Selbst join Team PokerStars Pro

7 Jul 2010

ESS RELEASE) -- As the WSOP main event gets under way, PokerStars, the world's largest online poker room, last night announced two great new Team PokerStars Pro signings: seasoned poker pro David Williams and Yale Law School student Vanessa Selbst join the team.

Williams is one of the most successful poker players of all time, with big results in both No Limit Hold'em and mixed games. He has performed well playing in the biggest cash games around and to date has acquired $7,923,630 in live tournament winnings. Like so many others who have gone on to become big winners, Williams started out playing Magic: The Gathering, the collectible card game, and this ultimately introduced him to poker.

Success took off for him when he came runner-up to fellow Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer in the 2004 WSOP* main event. He may not have taken top spot, but he still walked away with a massive $3,500,000. This kick-started a fine run of tournament success, including a 7 Card Stud WSOP* bracelet in 2006. More recently, he took down the WPT Championship for a cool $1,530,537. Williams is also a big name online, with a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) title in an 8-Game tournament for a cash of $107,800 in 2009.

Amazingly, Williams still finds time to play Magic: The Gathering with other poker pros. But as a new Team PokerStars Pro, he's looking forward to conjuring up even bigger tournament winnings.

Vanessa Selbst graduated from Yale with a degree in Political Science and is currently studying at Yale Law School. She's been a lifelong fan of games, including anything from cards to Pacman, and her love of poker grew from there. In the space of just a few years, Selbst has built an incredible set of results at major live tournaments, boasting $1,672,855 in live tournament earnings to date.

She made her first WSOP* final table in 2006, when she finished 7th in a $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event, winning $101,285. Two years later, she won a WSOP* bracelet playing a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, cashing $227,993 and beating a daunting field of 759. Selbst earned her biggest win earlier this year, taking top spot in the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT) Mohegan Sun Main Event. She took down the tournament for a huge cash of $750,000, confirming her status as a highly talented poker player.

All this, and Selbst is still at Law School. An amazing start to a poker career that, with the backing of PokerStars, looks set to deliver many more winning verdicts.

Williams and Selbst play online at using the screen names 'dwilliams' and 'V. Selbst' respectively. For more details, visit:
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