Meet Vanessa Rousso, a French American professional poker player and a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. Vanessa is currently one of the top five women poker players in the world in terms of all-time winnings. See photos, video and a biography of Vanessa Rousso here.
Vanessa is in the news as she recently won the PokerStars EPT €25,000 High Roller event played in Monte Carlo. She had a pretty hard competition on the final table which included Aussie Millions High Roller champion David Steicke and Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson.
“As long as I got my money in good I thought I had a chance,” she told PokerStars. “I’m probably going to go and have a good cry after this.”
The tournament consisted of the top 79 players in the world.
As a biography, Vanessa Rousso was born on February 5, 1983 in White Plains, New York so her age is 26. She used to live in Paris but shifted to Florida when her parents got divorced. She attended Duke University and then Miami Law school. Rousso has been playing poker since the age of five and has been very proficient in both sports and studies.
Vanessa started out from small casinos and then went on to play in the World Poker Tour events. Her first professional win came in the No-Limit Hold’em Summer Series played in June 2005 in Las Vegas. She has since been a regular on the tour and the series. She had three money finishes in the 2006 World Series of Poker and was a well-known poker star by 2007. She has also appeared in ESPN’s Poker After Dark and other televised events.
Vanessa is currently a member of the Team PokerStars and has won a total of $2.1m during her career. She has been active on all the fronts, whether it’s playing high-stakes poker in Vegas or lobbying to change bidding rules in the the United States Congress. Rousso has also been popular with the media for her looks and skills.
She made it to the SI Swimsuit Edition of February 2009 and has also posed for Maxim before. She is also one of the spokespersons for Go Daddy.com along with Danika Patrick.
In her personal life, Vanessa is married to actor and fellow poker player Chad Brown.
Check out more photos and a video of Vanessa Rousso below.
Vanessa Rousso Video
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