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Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Varkonyi Versus Vanessa


Vanessa Selbst has continued her winning ways from the first two days of play, having moved past the 300,000-chip mark during the first hour-and-a-half today. She was just now involved in an interesting hand with 2002 WSOP Main Event champion Robert Varkonyi, sitting to Selbst's right.

The hand began with Selbst opening for 2,400 from under the gun, and the table folding around to the small blind who called. Varkonyi then called as well from the big blind.

The flop came {4-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{J-Clubs}, and all three players checked. The turn then brought the {5-Diamonds}. The small blind bet 7,200, and Varkonyi made the call. Selbst then raised to 23,500, forcing out the small blind.

Varkonyi then went deep into the tank, taking several minutes while contemplating what to do. Finally he reraised all in, and Selbst snap-called.

Selbst showed {7-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for the straight, and was a bit surprised when she saw Varkonyi's hand -- {7-Clubs}{6-Spades}! "Are you kidding or are you serious?" she asked, wondering about why he had taken so long to act when holding the current nuts. The river was the {6-Diamonds}, and the pair chopped the pot.

They continued talking about the hand for some time afterwards, with Selbst ultimately apologizing for having reacted to Varkonyi's play. Selbst now sits with about 315,000, while Varkonyi has 132,000.

Tags: Robert VarkonyiVanessa Selbst