Vanessa Rousso

A method to the madness

Recently I was teaching poker at a camp in Toronto and was reminded of how sometimes we'll see highly successful pros making plays that we just don't understand, but which aren't nearly as crazy or wrong as we might initially suspect. In fact, a lot of times we should probably withhold judgment abo...more

by Vanessa Rousso on January 1, 2014 5:59 AM

All hyped up

Creating music has become a passion of mine over the last few years, something that like poker I've found myself putting a lot of study and energy into as I try to improve. Additionally -- again much like has happened with poker -- music has enabled me to meet some pretty amazing and interesting pe...more

by Vanessa Rousso on November 7, 2013 7:30 AM

The scoop on WCOOP

In 2007, I finished second in the WCOOP Main Event, winning $700,782. Since then, I have several more top-ten finishes in subsequent WCOOPs (and SCOOPs) and am 18th on the all time WCOOP money list. Admittedly, online tournaments traditionally necessitate a strategy quite different from that of the ...more

by Vanessa Rousso on August 27, 2013 8:15 AM

Vanessa Rousso gets match fit

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

by Vanessa Rousso on July 9, 2013 4:28 AM

Back in action at NBC

I was really excited that the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship returned this year as it has always been one of my favorite events! There are always some interesting backstories happening, it's on an international stage, and in the past it's been one of the most highly rated poker television ...more

by Vanessa Rousso on March 18, 2013 8:47 AM

Deuces in the booth

Over the last five years I've been taking music classes online. I studied sound design, music theory and composition, digital production and lyrics and songwriting. At this point, I consider myself a well-rounded musician. I can compose songs, take the instrumentation and produce it, put it all toge...more

by Vanessa Rousso on January 23, 2013 5:16 AM

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

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 two in...more

by Vanessa Rousso on November 7, 2012 7:02 AM

WSOP 2012: Rousso roached

with additional reporting by Andres Martinez If you're a constant Twitter refresher you may have caught wind of a shooting bet between the Fab Four -- Vanessa Rousso, Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, and Vanessa Selbst -- all whom are living together in Rousso's new home. Apparently, Wednesday, June 20, the f...more

by Samuel Cosby on June 27, 2012 7:13 PM

The SCOOP long haul, by Vanessa Rousso

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 been traveling all around the world la...more

by Brad Willis on May 5, 2010 6:06 PM

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 to say. by Vanessa Rou...more

by Brad Willis on January 26, 2009 10:12 AM
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