Vanessa Ashley Rousso (born February 5, 1983) is an American professional poker player. Born in White Plains, New York, Rousso holds dual citizenship with the United States and France. Rousso was a member of Team PokerStars from 2006 to 2015, with the online name Lady Maverick. She has earned money as a professional poker player since 2005, and has become one of the game’s sex symbols.
As of 2015, Rousso has finished in the money in numerous live poker events and accumulated over $3,500,000 in career earnings. She has placed in the money seventeen times at the World Series of Poker. In 2007, she won over $700,000 with a second-place finish in the main event of the World Championship of Online Poker. She ranks among the top five women in poker history in terms of all-time money winnings.[
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Vanessa Ashley Rousso was born February 5th, 1983 in the quaint city of White Plains, New York. Her father moved the family back to Paris, France so that he could raise his children in the same city where he grew up. She carries dual citizenship for both the United States and France and she is fluent in both English and French as well.
Rousso’s parents divorced when she was nine, forcing her to move back to the Unites States with her mother; they stayed in Florida with her grandparents until they could get back on their feet.
You could never deny the sheer intelligence of Rousso, starting from her youth and carrying out throughout her entire adult life. In 2001, Rousso graduated as valedictorian of her high school in Wellington, Florida. She maintained an overall 4.0 GPA over her entire high school career while also participating in the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, and a plethora of other extra-curricular activities.
Rousso received scholarships from many different colleges, but she ended up attending Duke University which she graduated from in a record-breaking two and a half years. In December, 2003 she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Political Science. She then moved on to the Miami School of Law where she proceeded to graduate in the top 5% of her class.
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She built her first stake at Hard Rock sit and go 10-player tables, where first prize was $250. From there, she was able to save for a $1,500 entry fee in Atlantic City in late 2005, which she parlayed into $17,500. This enabled her to afford entry into the World Poker Tour event at the Bellagio Vegas.
Her first win in a professional event came on June 13, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada during the No-Limit Hold’em Summer SeriesAt the 2005 World Series of Poker, she placed 45th in a field of 601 in the Event 26, $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Texas hold ’em event won by Jennifer Tilly two weeks later (on June 26, 2005
On February 12, 2006, Rousso placed fifth at the final table of the 195-entrant $1,500 No Limit Hold’em WSOP Circuit event at Harrah’s Atlantic CityThis appearance at the final table established a record at 23 years, 7 days as the youngest female player at the time to reach a World Series of Poker circuit final table
Rousso joined the professional poker tour in April 2006 and by October was among the top 80 in earnings that year. In her first year of playing, Rousso had multiple in the money tournament finishes, including a seventh-place finish in a field of 605 at the $25,000 April 26, 2006 World Poker Tour (Season four) No-Limit Hold’em championship event in which she earned $263,625 in prize money. By that time she was spending Tuesday through Thursday taking her law school classes, spending the rest of the week playing in poker tournaments and fielding endorsement offers from online poker clubsOn September 13, 2006 she won $285,450 with a first-place finish at the 173-entrant $5,000 no limit hold ’em event at the 4th Borgata Open At 2006 World Series of Poker she had three in the money finishes. She finished 80th in a field of 1068 in Event 4, $1,500 Limit Hold’em, 63rd in a field of 824 in Event 5, $2500 Short Handed No-Limit Hold’em, and she placed 8th of 507 in the Event 30, $5000 Short Handed No-Limit Hold’em event.
By 2007, Rousso was a notable poker star. In October 2007,
Vanessa Rousso’s Top 5 WSOP Results
|2011||WSOPE €5,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Max Turbo||3rd||€42,317 ($56,530)|
|2006||$5,000 Short Handed No-Limit Hold’em||8th||$61,955|
|2010||$10,000 Heads Up Championship||8th||$94,956|
|2009||$10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em World Championship||15th||$43,091|
|2009||$2,500 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw||17th||$4,094|
Vanessa Rousso’s Top 5 WPT Results
|2010||Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship||3rd||$358,964|
|2006||Five-Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship||7th||$263,625|
|2009||Southern Poker Championship $9,700 Main Event||7th||$79,117|
|2007||Gulf Coast Poker Championship $9,700 Championship||12th||$28,035|
|2008||Borgata Winter Open $9,700 Championship||37th||$17,213|
Vanessa Rousso’s Top 5 EPT Results
|2009||Grand Final, Monte Carlo €25,000 European High Roller Championship||1st||€532,500|
|2011||London £10,000 Six Max High Roller Turbo||2nd||£142,300|
|2011||Loutraki €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em||3rd||€18,700|
|2008||Grand Final, Monte Carlo €2,000 No-Limit Hold’em||4th||€34,200|
|2011||Grand Final, Madrid €25,000 High Roller||5th||€100,000|
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