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Selbst Hits #1 on GPI, PokerStars in New Jersey

20 June 2014, By: Pokerjunkie.com
Vanessa Selbst is the first female to become poker's top ranked player on the Global Poker Index while New Jersey players may soon be able to login and play at PokerStars.
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Vanessa Selbst is the first female to become poker's top ranked player on the Global Poker Index while New Jersey players may soon be able to login and play at PokerStars.

Vanessa Selbst Hits #1 on the Global Poker Index

Vanessa Selbst is already the all-time money leader for women and considered one of the greatest players in the game today.

Now she's taken the top spot on the Global Poker Index 300, becoming the first woman in history to become poker's top-ranked player.

Selbst had been hovering in the Top 5 for some time but jumped to the top spot after winning her third career bracelet at the 2014 World Series of Poker.

Selbst won Event #2, the $2,500 NL Hold'em Mixed Max Event, for her third career bracelet and $871,148.

Selbst now has over $10.5 million in career earnings and is the only female in WSOP history with three open-field victories.

PokerStars in New Jersey Could Be as Soon as This Fall

Last week, the Amaya Gaming Group purchased PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. As soon as the sale was announced, speculation began as to when the world's top poker site would return to the legalized U.S. online poker market.

According to an article from the Associated Press, Amaya officials will meet with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement on Thursday to begin talks on licensing PokerStars in New Jersey.

The company had twice before tried to apply for a license but its application was suspended last year in part due to the continued involvement of Isai Scheinberg with the company.

Part of the Amaya agreement requires that Scheinberg sell all his existing stocks and resign from the company once the sale completes in September.

This initial meeting is just a first step in the process of getting PokerStars licensed in the state. An official application is expected to be filed next week by Amaya.

DGE Division Director David Rebuck has spoken optimistically of the meeting and has even said he could see PokerStars operating in New Jersey by this fall.

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