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“Sizzling hot with lots of money in the pot”, this sums up what most people in the world of poker would say when they are asked to describe Vanessa Rousso. “Lady Maverick” (her online nickname) is a French-American professional poker player.
Indeed she is sizzling hot: Maxim, a famous men’s magazine, has named her as one of 2010’s sexy women in poker. Her appeal has helped her seal endorsement contracts. She has since been on the pages of several well-known magazines including Sports Illustrated in their 2009 swimsuit issue.
And she does have “a lot of money in the pot”. In fact she has raked in more than $3 million dollars in poker winnings. This makes her one of the top 5 women in poker based on overall (live and online) earnings. According to celebritynetworth.com her estimated net worth is $4 million.
However, Vanessa Rousso not only has beauty and money but she’s got brains and strength of character as well.
She was born in New York in 1983. She has always been a quick learner and a high achiever. When she was three, she was already able to read and speak English and French. At five, she learned how to play poker. She was the high school valedictorian of her graduating class. She got a full scholarship at Duke University where she would eventually make history by earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in the shortest time ever – in just two and a half years.
After Duke University she received the Chaplin Scholarship from the University of Miami School of Law. She was one of the top students in her class.
Amidst her busy class schedule, Rousso was able to squeeze in some time to play poker. During the school’s summer breaks she was playing in poker tournaments with more and more passion. She won 14 major poker events so far.
It was in 2006 when Rousso made a name for herself by garnering the 7th place at the World Poker Tour Championship Event. The best year to date for her professional and personal life was 2009. This is when she won a lot of money; got to double her career earnings in one tournament and got married to her fellow poker pro Chad Brown.
As time passes she keeps on adding titles to her crown and she is not even 30. She finished second at the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship for $250k, first at the 2009 EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for $947 and fifth at the 2011 EPT Madrid €25,000 High Roller.
Vanessa is a sponsored pro at Pokerstars. Rousso puts her fame and time into philanthropic use by doing volunteer work for several charitable organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation and Walk for the Cure. What a great lady!