Former PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso has been chosen for the 17th season of Big Brother, a reality game show where a group of strangers live together in a house with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours; the contestants of this season will be fighting for a $500,000 first-place prize.
In case you missed it, PokerStars and Vanessa Rousso recently parted ways. The world's largest poker site nor the long-time American pro have mentioned anything about the split, but many believe the break up occurred at the end of January this year and that it was yet another move by new owner Amaya Gaming to cut expenses.
A total of 782 players entered the 2013 EPT Deauville (France) Main Event. The field has been reduced to 155 players over 2 days of play, and Andrei Stoenescu, a former third place finisher at EPT Madrid, holds lead with 485,600 chips. There are 3 PokerStars Pros left in the tournament: Matthias De Meulder (186k), Sandra Naujoks (73k), and Vanessa Rousso (34k). A part from those three, Fabrice Soulier (126k) and Freddy Deeb (114k) are 2 familiar names who are "alive and kicking".
Day 3 of the tournament will start in few hours and the money bubble will burst when 120 players remain (a minimum of €8,000 guaranteed). The winner will take home a sweet €770,000, while the runner-up gets €475,000 as a consolation.
On Sunday the 43rd annual World Series of Poker kicked off with Event 1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em (final table is being played right now - 5 players remain - 732 entries in total), and last night Event 2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em started as well.
Another love saga has come to an end as Vanessa Rousso and Chad Brown announced that they are getting divorced last Tuesday. Rousso and Brown marriage only lasted about 2 years and neither of them have announced why they decided to split up.
But, as always, there are plenty of rumors circulating on the web. One is the 20-year age diffidence between the two, another one is that Brown's cancer struggle last year took a hard hit on the relationship.
As we speak, Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari and Andrew Robl are playing heads-up - battling it out for the first place prize of $870k. Both players have healthy stacks and it looks like it can take a few more hours before we have a winner. The blinds at the moment are 120,000/240,000 with a 20k ante. Esfandiari is in a slight lead with 9,495,000 chips against Andrew Robl's 8,160,000 stack.
We will return with an update as soon as the tournament has found its winners.
It looks like it will be a very interesting final table with so many good poker players. We, BankrollMob, are especially happy with the fact that the one leading the tournament is no one else than the Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso who we will have an exclusive interview with soon.
The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic is down to 15 players after a very interesting day that Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari dominated. Esfandiari has accumulated 2,608,000 chips and his next closest competitor is John Racener, who started day 4 with only 137,000 chips, but ended the day with 1.9 million chips.
There are a few familiar faces left in the remaining field of players. However, the most interesting players to follow, except from The Magician and Racener, will for sure be Sorel Mizzi in 7th place with a 1,380,000 stack and Vanessa Rousso in 10th place with 888,000 chips.
Day 5 of the tournament will begin in a couple of hours. The tournament will continue until the six-handed final table is set. The first place pays $870,124, so one can expect a very exciting final table!
Tonight it's time for Day 4 of a WPT tournament called Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio, Las Vegas. 54 players of 439 have survived this far and it start getting really interesting. In the lead is no one else than Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari with a 1,082,000 stack. On third place is Vanessa Rousso, who we will get an exclusive interview with, and not far behind is Freddy Deeb with a 654k stack.
There are plenty of interesting players in the remaining field of players. Doyle Brunson, Thor Hansen and Sorel Mizzi are just a few examples of poker stars who still have the chance of taking home the first place prize of $870,124. The final table will be played on Wednesday. Let's hope that it will be a good one!
Vanessa Rousso really seems to be a person who sticks to what she says. A bit more than a year ago, she purchased a 2007 yellow Lamborghini Gallardo, a car which she had wanted to buy for a long time.
When Vanessa showed her dream car to the media shortly after, she told one of the interviewers that she would only keep it for one year. The reason for this was that she had bought it for an amazing prize and the value of the car would almost be the same in one year. She said that it would be like having an amazing car 1 year for free.
Now, her car is for sale on Ebay. In other words, she seems to be a person who keeps her word, and also a person who holds tight to the money - even though she has won millions of dollars and has a very generous sponsor, PokerStars.
By the end of this week we will send your questions to Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel and Vanessa Rousso, so it's high time to put down a few questions on a piece of paper. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to get answers to your questions from 3 of the poker world's most interesting/best players.
PokerStars 2010 NAPT (North American Poker Tour ) Venetian Main Event is soon coming to an end. Out of the 872 players who started Day 1 of the tournament, 29 are now left in the tournament playing Day 3. These 29 players are now fighting for a seat at the final table. The biggest name among the players who have made this far in the tournament is Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso.
Vanessa Rousso has played really good from the very first day of the tournament and she will definitely make it to the final table if she continue playing this well. However, Vannessa and all the other players in the top of the field are still far behind the chip leader, Sam Stein. Stein has accumulated a stack of 340,000! Almost 120k chips behind him is Eric Blair in second place.
The winner of NAPT Venetian will receive $827,648. In other words, a huge first place prize!
A few days ago, PartyPoker Premier League IV in Las Vegas kicked off. 11 pros and 1 internet qualifier are now playing for a prize pool of $1,5 million dollars + a sponsorship contract worth $100,000. So far, three heats out of 12 have been played.
Heat 1: Phil Laak wins the first heat!
Phil Laak is a very good poker player. No doubt about that! Anyhow, even a good poker player like Phil can get lucky once in a while. Well, he got lucky many times in Heat 1 as he flopped sets numerous times when his opponents had big hands. Nothing could stop Phil this day, and after 8 hours of play, it was all over as JC Tran, last year's winner, was eliminated in second place.
The long awaited PartyPoker Premier League IV is not far away now! Lots of pros are going to take part this year, which will make it super-interesting to follow. Just to mention a few of the most notable players that are going to take part, Phil Laak, David Benyamine, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, Phil Hellmuth and Tony G. Unfortunately, Doyle Brunson announced a few days ago that he was pulling out of the tournament because he's about to have a 5 1/2 hour long surgery on his teeth and gums and therefore won't recover in time.
PartyPoker Premier League IV will run between 12 and 18 February and will for sure be one of the most exciting and thrilling tournaments this year! 2 days to go before the action kicks off!
Vanessa Rousso, 27, has just won the Ladies Event of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in Bahamas. She made it to the final table as chip leader and then nothing could stop her from taking down the tournament and the first prize of $24,725. Even though many of the players who took part in the ladies event had qualified online at PokerStars, Vanessa had to fight hard to reach the final table as pros like Annette Obrestad and J.J Lui were in the tournament as well.
"There were a couple of pros who played. J.J. Lui was in there, Annette Obrestad. There was a bunch of good players. Obviously you have to run well in any tournament you play in. But I didn't make any mistakes that I know of, I played well and I'm happy with the way I played. Starting the year off with a victory is really cool"; Vanessa said in an interview after the victory.
The second starting day of the PCA Main Event has now been played. Not less than 846 players started this day - many of them were some of the biggest names in poker. However, the most notable players that made it through Day 1b and will play Day 2 today are Paul Wasicka, Matt Graham, Annette Obrestad, Vanessa Rousso, Peter Eastgate, Phil Ivey and JC Alvardo.
A total of 1,515 players signed up for the PCA Main Event this year. This means that last year's record of 1,347 is history. Up for grabs in the Main Event is approximately $15,000,000, which makes sure that even the world best and richest poker players will give 100% all the way.
A total of 186 players came to start Day 1b of the tournament. The field included lots of big names. However, the most notable players were Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Luca Pagano, Peter Eastgate, Huck Seed, Vanessa Rousso, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and Sorel Mizzi. Unfortunately Mizzi, Eastgate, Ruthenberg and Huck Seed were all sent packing during the day.
Only 107 players survived Day 1b. They will join the other 76 players from Day 1a later today as Day 2 of the tournament starts. In the lead is Jeff Sarwer with 143,000 chips closely followed by Rob Yong (125,000) and Jim Collopy (122,400).
Most of the Team PokerStars Pro's that made it to Day 2 can be found in the middle of the field. Just to mention a few - Luca Pagano, JP Kelly, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Henrique Pinho.
Up for grabs is now a prizepool of €1,561,700. The winner will get €404,793 and the second place finisher €257,681.
The first Day of EPT Vilamoura has now been played. 136 players came to start and 76 of them made it all the way to Day 2 of the tournament. Among the players that will play Day 2 we find bracelet winner Marc Naalden and WPT Champion/EPT Champion Jason Mercier, just to mention 2 notable players. The one that will bring the most chips from Day 1a to Day 2 is Ljubomir Josipovic from Australia.
Day 1b of the tournament is being played at the moment and it includes a much more intersting starting field than Day 1a. Just to mention a few notable players: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Huck Seed, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Vanessa Rousso, and Peter Eastgate.
For 5 years AJ Benza has been the host and commentator for the TV show High Stakes Poker on GSN. The show has been a big success and also the show on GSN with the most viewers. Now the managers at GSN have decided that the show needs a new host and therefore AJ Benza has been fired. The new host is according to different rumors going to be the hottest female poker player right now, Vanessa Rousso. But this is still rumors and nothing has been confirmed by GSN.
When Benza got to know that they were going to replace him after 5 years, he had a big fight with his managers and also wrote about it in his blog...
Vanessa Rousso, 26, is a French American law student who's sponsored by PokerStars, which means that she gets to travel all over the world and play in all the major poker tournaments for free. In live poker she's one of the most successful female poker players right now, and also through all time. She has won around $2,4 million dollars during her career as professional poker player, and with that she's on 5th place on the list over the female poker players who have won the most money through all time. Apart from being a good poker player, she's someone that very often get lots of comments for her good looks from poker players all over the world. Earlier this year she also got her good looks confirmed by others than poker players as she got to be on the front page of the Sports illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Vanessa Rousso, the Team PokerStars Pro, took home the EPT High Roller Championship last weekend and received a stunning amount of €570,000 in first prize. The final table included notable players like Tony G, William Thorson, David Steicke & David Eldar.