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Vanessa Rousso is an American professional poker player from Miami, Florida. She is considered one of the best female poker players in the field with more than $3 million in lifetime tournament winnings and a status of a Team PokerStars Pro to back up her reputation.


Rousso’s almost always played poker during her life, but didn’t get serious about it until her late teens. Although she was too young to play in casinos, Rousso took to the virtual felt. She played online until she was of age to play at the casinos. Rousso played a lot in her spare time and worked on her game. She built up her bankroll and began taking shots at larger tournaments. In 2005, she entered the live tournament circuit and cashed in the $1,000 Ladies Only event at the WSOP and also in Atlantic City at the WSOP Circuit event.


Today Vanessa Rousso is no doubt one of the most successful women in poker. She boasts career winnings of over $3.5 million from all across the globe, but it hasn’t always been about poker for Vanessa. She attended Duke University and graduated with a degree in economics. She was on the Dean’s list and graduated after only two and a half years. From there, she attended the University of Miami School of Law where she was one of the top members in her class.

World Series of Poker

Rousso first cashed in a World Series event in 2005 when she finished 45th in the $1,000 Ladies Event for $1,640. Then in 2006 she cashed in three more WSOP events with her best result being the eighth place finish in the $5,000 Short Handed No-Limit Hold'em even for just over $60,000. A few years later, in 2010 Rousso repeated her best WSOP achievement placing eight in the $10,000 Heads Up Championship, this time collecting over $90,000 in prize money. Then in 2011 Rousso scored her best WSOP result to date after final tabling the €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Max Turbo event at the World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France. She ended up placing third in that tournament for a cash prize of more than €40,000.

Vanessa Rousso's Top 5 WSOP Results

2011WSOPE €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Max Turbo3rd€42,317 ($56,530)
2006$5,000 Short Handed No-Limit Hold'em8th$61,955
2010$10,000 Heads Up Championship8th$94,956
2009$10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em World Championship15th$43,091
2009$2,500 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw17th$4,094

World Poker Tour

In 2006, Rousso played the $25,000 WPT World Championship and placed seventh for over $260,000, just missing out on the televised final table. Then in 2007 she finished 12th in the Gulf Coast Poker Championship $9,700 Championship event for almost $30,000. In 2009 Rousso made another final table, this time at the Southern Poker Championship $9,700 Main Event which she finished in seventh place collecting more than $260,000. However, she scored her best WPT result at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship in 2010. Rousso reached the final table, and then busted out in third place taking home more than $350,000.

Vanessa Rousso's Top 5 WPT Results

2010Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship3rd$358,964
2006Five-Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship7th$263,625
2009Southern Poker Championship $9,700 Main Event7th$79,117
2007Gulf Coast Poker Championship $9,700 Championship12th$28,035
2008Borgata Winter Open $9,700 Championship37th$17,213

European Poker Tour

In 2008 Rousso final tabled an event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. She placed fourth collecting more than €30,000. She then came back to Monte Carlo in 2009 to win the High Roller Championship and pocket nearly €532,500. This was another great field that Rousso was able to grind her way through on her way to her highest payday to date.

Vanessa Rousso's Top 5 EPT Results

2009Grand Final, Monte Carlo €25,000 European High Roller Championship1st€532,500
2011London £10,000 Six Max High Roller Turbo2nd£142,300
2011Loutraki €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em3rd€18,700
2008Grand Final, Monte Carlo €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em4th€34,200
2011Grand Final, Madrid €25,000 High Roller5th€100,000

Other Achievements

In 2006 Rousso captured the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Borgata for over $285,000. In 2008 she won an episode of Poker After Dark for $120,000. At the Southern Poker Championship in 2009, Rousso placed seventh for nearly $80,000. She wasn’t done yet and entered the National Heads-Up Championship in Las Vegas. Rousso battled through Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Paul Wasicka, Daniel Negreanu, and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier to get to the finals against Huck Seed. That’s surely no slouch of a cast. Seed would go on to defeat Rousso, but Vanessa took home $250,000 for her finish. With GoDaddy.com sponsoring the event, Rousso’s awesome performance helped further solidify a deal she had just signed with them immediately prior to the tournament.


Vanessa is a member of Team PokerStars Pro. She represents the site in live events and can be found playing at the PokerStars online tables.

Did you know?

  • Rousso got engaged to fellow team PokerStars Pro member Chad Brown back in 2008. The two eventually married in 2009.
  • She’s been featured in in the swimsuit editions of various magazines such as as Maxim and Sports Illustrated.
  • Rousso also hosts her own poker camp in Florida and is a strong advocate for the game.

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #11: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)
96th $4,183
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #58: $10,000 Main Event
511st $23,876
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #35: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
5th $92,580
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
421st $1,877
2010 PokerStars.net NAPT Mohegan Sun
2010 PokerStars.net NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event
10th $47,000
2010 NAPT Venetian
2010 NAPT Venetian Main Event
25th $18,080
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 45 - $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em
15th $43,091
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 31 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
19th $5,906
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 8 - $2,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw
17th $4,094
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 2 - $40,000 No Limit Hold'em
27th $71,858
2009 PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final
€25,000 High Roller Championship
1st €720,000
2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-up Championship
2nd $250,000
2008 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final - Sydney
APPT Tournament of Champions
1st 45,000 AUD
2008 PokerStars.com EPT London
£5,200 EPT London Main Event
39th £11,419
2008 PokerStars.net LAPT Punta del Este
$2,700 No Limit Hold'em Main Event
10th $11,065
2008 World Series of Poker
39th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event
625th $21,230
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 52 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
44th $10,660
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 38 - $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
57th $3,744
2008 WSOP Circuit Event - Rincon
$5,000 Circuit Championship Event
16th $8,482