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Learning from the Best: Vanessa Rousso

In my quest to become a better poker player, I have been studying female Team PokerStars Pros and their playing styles to see what I can learn from them. Recently, Vanessa Rousso has captured my interest; with success in so many areas of her life, I think there is a lot to learn from her. Rousso is quirky and fun, not to mention a talented poker player. I also admire her for her work in the women's poker community, running and teaching boot camps specifically catered to women poker players....more

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Vanessa Rousso gives as well as she gets

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There are poker players who play all the big events, and dazzle photographers and fans with their million dollar smiles and their million dollar paychecks to match. There are other players who focus on earning money for charities and do their part in helping change the world for the better....more


Vanessa Rousso gets match fit

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I think of poker as a mental sport. However, as tournaments take place over the course of a period of days, I've found that there is actually a strong correlation between physical well-being and my performance. In 2009, I posed for Sports Illustrated--training for several months leading up to the...more


Table talk and guilty pleasures with Vanessa Rousso

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Vanessa Rousso is one of the most recognizable and formidable players in the game today. Her blonde good looks and friendly smile make her a favorite both at the table and with fans. But that friendly persona disguises a steely intellect and a competitive spirit that can destroy you in...more


The beginning of a beautiful friendship

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I recently returned to Las Vegas after six weeks of traveling for poker. I went from Vancouver to Germany, then made my way south through Switzerland to France, Italy, and eventually Morocco. With the constant need to adjust sleeping patterns and the stresses of living out of a suitcase (or...more


Inside Vanessa Rousso's Boot Camp

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PokerStars Women's Caribbean Adventure January 14, 2011, 9 a.m. Its four short hours before the 2011 PCA Women's Caribbean Adventure 1K Main Event and the women who are scheduled to play today are soaking up some last minute advice from someone who knows a thing or two about winning...more


Bumper $358,964 payday for Vanessa Rousso

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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...more


Vanessa Rousso leads WPT final table

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Vanessa Rousso's poker career lacks few things. She's made important final tables, earned millions, and cashed more than a dozen times at the World Series of Poker. She's won an EPT high-roller event, the PCA ladies event, and a televised tournament. She's even won a WPT side event. In all...more


Vanessa Rousso, just an Ordinary Girl

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by Rebekah Mercer She wiggles her ears, chews gum, and claims that her crew is "a bunch of super-smart geeky guys," but from what we see of Vanessa Rousso, it's a bit of a stretch to say that the Team PokerStars Pro is ordinary in any way. Sure, she oversleeps...more


The SCOOP long haul, by Vanessa Rousso

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by Vanessa Rousso Weeeeee! SCOOP is finally here! This is a time of year that I personally love and very much look forward to. It's great to be able to play some bigger buy-in events from the comfort of my home for once! This is especially true since I have...more


A chat with Vanessa Rousso

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Vanessa Rousso grinds at Beau Rivage

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso recently made the final table of the Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. Since she's getting off to a sweet start in 2009, we asked Rousso to give us a few of her thoughts on her finish. Here's what she had...more


WCOOP: Rousso sees online poker history approaching

by Vanessa Rousso As the inaugural PokerStars WCOOP $10k buy-in event looms large, I feel like I did as a kid in the days leading up to Christmas. On September 7th at 2:30 p.m ET, Poker Stars will launch WCOOP Event 5, a $10,300 buy-in with a whopping $2 million...more