Bumper $358,964 payday for Vanessa Rousso
I'll admit that at school I was never very good at math. English was more my thing, although some readers of this organ may disagree. Numbers were always a bit of a chore, and as I reached adulthood they were put to use only when I had to work out the price of a round of drinks (I got quite good at that). That said, even I know that 2,998,955 is a big number. Let's call it three million for simplicity. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso knows all about it, too - it's the new total of her career tournament winnings.
As we reported yesterday, Rousso made the final table of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas, and earlier today she busted in third for $358,964. That pushes her to the $3 million earnings mark, and means she is now closing in on Annette Ostebrad for the position of fourth most successful female player of all time (behind Kathy Liebert, Annie Duke and fellow Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst).
It all ended for Rousso today when, short-stacked behind Antonio Esfandiari and Andrew Robl, she moved all-in from the button for her last 1.95 million chips. Esfandiari made the easy call from the big blind with A♣Q♠, dominating Rousso's Q♥2♥. The board ran 7♦6♥5♣3♠8♠ and that blankety-blank ensured Esfandiari's ace-high was good.
That scoop meant Esfandiari and Robl went into heads-up play about even, before Esfandiari took the title and $870,124. Robl collected $549,003 for second.
Congratulations on the big score, Vanessa.