Unlike many poker players who take millions of dollars in earnings and hoard it as bankroll, Vanessa Selbst has always been a little more socially conscious with her money. Vanessa Selbst is the only female world champion of poker and the highest earning woman in the game, in fact. But she’s not just sticking to playing cards—Ms. Selbst, 31, is also a venture capitalist using bits of her nearly $12 million in career poker winnings to fund nonprofit startups vying to advance civil rights. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a graduate of Yale Law School and just recently passed the bar.
Talking to Observer.com, the high stakes pro explained how she’s now become something of a venture capitalist with her poker winnings. However, instead of putting her money into the latest tech company, she’s investing her bankroll in nonprofit start-ups.
On September 29, Selbst will host a special charity tournament in New York alongside PokerStars to help raise more funds for the Urban Justice Center.
Taking place at Current at Chelsea Piers in lower Manhattan, the Blinds and Justice event will bring together some of the biggest names in the poker world, including fellow pro Daniel Negreanu.