Vanessa Selbst, the female professional poker player who has won three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in the course of her career, recently appeared in a Steve Harvey Show episode and played a game of poker with the host of the program.
Although the game lasted just two hands and was not that serious a game, it enabled Selbst to present some great tips on how to play a successful game of poker. That episode was broadcast under the title “Female Ground Breaker” and Selbst sported a PokerStars patch throughout it.
Selbst, who is widely acclaimed as one of the best NL Hold’em tournament poker players in the world, has earned over $10.5 million playing poker tournaments alone. In fact, no other female poker pro has won as many millions as her.
Introducing Selbst to the audience, Harvey said: “Let me tell you something, as a female ground breaker … when you get to no.1 in the poker ratings, out of 300 poker players, listen to me, you have got to know what you are doing. I don’t care how long you keep that rating at no. 1, the majority of poker players have never been no. 1, nor will they ever be no. 1. So I think ladies, you’re looking at one of the true champs right here.”
The poker boom of over 10 years back gave several poker pros the opportunity to appear on television and other media. Poker pro Daniel Negreanu appeared in a music video featuring Katy Perry. Antonio Esfandiari gave an interview at the Howard Stern Show, and Phil Hellmuth, who has received more media exposure than any other poker player in the world, almost appeared in an ABC’s Wife Swap episode, but Mrs. Hellmuth was not that enthusiastic about it. Hellmuth’s most recent media exposure was when he did a commercial for Carl’s Jr. Isaac Haxton had once featured a Joe Rogan podcast.
Last month, Alex Jacob, a former professional poker player, attracted the attention of the poker community though his game show Jeopardy, but lost when he appeared for the seventh time on it.
Whenever poker pros appear on TV game shows that are unrelated to major poker events such as the WSOP and the World Poker Tour (WPT), it serves to popularize and promote the game. This is very important for poker, which has been on the decline especially after the events of Black Friday.