It’s no secret that we here at F5 love Vanessa Selbst. Besides being one of the best poker players on the planet she invests her time and money into social causes she believes in, which makes her a player you can believe in.
In her latest blog post for PokerStars, she sets up some goals she’d like to achieve by the end of the year and because she’s such a baller, she’s already 2/3rds of the way finished with her poker goal of having made three major final tables (she FT’d two high roller events at the PCA this month). Check out some excerpts from what she hopes the year will hold.
Poker: Crushing Final Tables.
There’s nothing quite like playing for four or five days and making a final table—it’s such a feeling of accomplishment. I’ve final tabled EPT High Rollers, but never a Main Event. The fields in Europe are so massive and tough that it would be quite a feat to become an EPT winner (after that: a Triple Crown).
Life Balance: Only playing when she’s focused and relaxed.
I’ve learned this lesson over and over—if I play when I don’t want to play then I won’t play well.—and I want to try harder to remember this year, to make it a precept of my career. I play best when I’m living a balanced life. When I’m spending quality time with friends, attending family celebrations, petting my dogs, enjoying being married, staying active, and making sure that my mind is thinking about and working on more than just poker.
Smiling: You get what you give.
It sounds cheesy, but I really want to make a conscious effort to smile more so that my outside matches my inside.
You can also read about Selbst’s work with her non-profit organization dedicated to rooting out abuses of power and also, why she plans on spending more time on social media. Check out the full post over at the PokerStarsBlog.