Vanessa Rousso Profile

General Bill “zimba” Seibert
Vanessa Rousso is one of the most successful woman in poker today. Combining her good looks with her game theory heavy style have established Rousso as a top player in today's game. Rousso finished in second play in the World Championships of Online Poker in 2007 for $700k. She finished second to Huck Seed in 2010's National Heads-Up Championship. In May 2009, Rousso won the €25,000 EPT High Roller Championship, walking away with $749,467. Her most recent big scorew as taking 3rd at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $358,964. Rousso has roughly $3 milllion in tournament earnings. Rousso was born February 5, 1983 in White Plains, New York and currently splits time between Miami and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Things you might not know:
  • Rousso learned poker when she was five, but didn't start playing in tournament until a summer break from law school.
  • Rousso has dual citizenship in the US and France after spending time in both countries growing up.
  • Rousso was her 2001 high school class valedictorian.
  • Rousso graduated with honors from Duke University in 2003 after only 2.5 years with a major in economics.
  • Rousso studied game theory, chess and psychology in college before focusing on solving poker as a game.
  • Rousso received a scholarship to go to the University of Miami Law School, but her burgeoning poker career distracted her from ever finishing law school.
  • Rousso's first win in a professional event was in June 2005 during the No-Limit Hold'em Summer series.
  • Rousso, in 2006, placed fifth in a WSOP circuit event, earning the distinction of the youngest female player of all time to make a WSOP-C event final table.
  • Rousso, in September 2006 won $285,450 with a first place finish at the 173-entrant $5,000 no limit hold 'em event at the 4th Borgota Open.
  • Rousso met her future husband Chad Brown at the final table of the 2006 World Poker Tour where she finished seventh for $263k.
  • Rousso treated herself to a yellow Lamborghini Gallardo after one of her big wins, although a year later, she was looking to offload the car for something more practical.
  • Rousso earned her Lady Maverick nickname when she sold shares of herself to enter a $25k buy-in event with a similar approach to Mel Gibson's movie Maverick.
  • Rousso appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
  • Rousso is married to professional poker pro Chad Brown, eloping in 2009.

Vanessa "Lady Maverick" Rousso, at 27, already ranks in the top 5 women of all time in all-time money winnings. She is a PokerStars pro who has been featured on both magazines and poker TV shows regularly. She is a highly marketable player, as evidenced by her spokesperson role with GoDaddy.com.

Rousso videos share a couple videos and coverage of the EPT High Roller event in Monaco:


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