September 27, 2023 Poker Gossip, Poker News Lars Liedtke

Vanessa Selbst Appears on Award-Winning TV Series Billions

Vanessa Selbst has been handed the chance to appear on the award-winning TV show Billions during its seventh and final season.

The female all-time money leader amassed $11.9 million from live tournaments over her career and probably much more from cash games. But then, out of the blue, she gave it all up for a career in finance.

This was certainly a dream opportunity for Selbst. The chance to play ultra-high stakes with other people’s money with no skin in the game must be nice.

And can you think of a more suitable candidate for a financial trading job than a poker player?

In fact, during the 1980s, a Wall Street firm targeted chess grandmasters, thinking they would be ideal for intense analytical work under high stress.

Today, we can assume that top poker players are thought of on par with the best chess players when it comes to logical analysis.

Not the First Poker Connection on Billions

Vanessa Selbst’s appearance on Billions isn’t the first connection to poker we’ve seen on the show. Some readers might be aware that Brian Koppelman and Devid Levian, two of the show’s founders, co-wrote Rounders, the greatest poker movie of all time.

Not only that, but 17-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth also made a cameo appearance back in season 3 of Billions.

The episode “Optimal Play” saw a charity poker tournament in which Damian Lewis’ character, hedge fund manager Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod, needs to find the right employee to represent his firm in the event.

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