APPT Sydney: Rousso is the queen of hearts

Strike another one up for Team PokerStars. After Chris Moneymaker’s victory in the $1000 No Limit Hold’em event two days ago, Vanessa Rousso has taken out the PokerStars.net APPT Tournament of Champions.

‘Lady Maverick’ was confirmed champion when APPT Grand Final winner Martin Rowe was forced make a move with 9-7 offsuit when he found himself short-stacked. Vanessa made an excellent read and called him down with K-5 pre-flop. The board blanked out and we had our new champion.

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Vanessa Rousso, the 2008 APPT Tournament of Champions winner

Vanessa was playing for the ‘No Limit, No Profit Initiative’, which is a charity that was created by her and her fiancé Chad Brown. The charity is going to target the pockets of poker players to raise money for Africa and cancer research.

“This is just so great to win this event as all the money we have put into the charity so far has been our own. To get a boost like this is fantastic. We are in the process of organising a three-day event that will feature a concert, golf day and poker tournament in Las Vegas next year,” Rousso said.

Vanessa has wowed local fans with her regular appearances in the poker room, and has posed for score of photos and signed mountains of autographs over the past week.

For Martin Rowe, it’s been one of the biggest weeks of his life and he is a worthy runner-up in this event. As well as becoming a millionaire over night he has donated a cheque of $5000 to the Save the Children Fund, which helps disadvantaged children.