Vanessa Rousso is a successful versatile person who surprises with her success not only in poker.

Vanessa Rousso


From an early age, she had a lot of hobbies: she played basketball, swimming, lacrosse, and also learned to play the violin. It is known that Vanessa learned to play poker at the age of five.

It was easy for her to study, so she graduated from school with honors. Moreover, having entered the Duke University at the Faculty of Economics, Rousseau managed to complete it in 2.5 years. Later, “Lady Maverick” went to study at the University of Miami School of Law and planned to build a career as a lawyer, but at that moment she started playing poker tournaments and realized that she could easily make money on poker. The girl decided to leave her studies and completely focused on the game. True, later, in 2018, Russo did pass the test for a lawyer and received a certificate.

Poker career

Her poker career began in 2006 when she took 5th place in the $1590 NLH tournament at the WSOP Circuit in Atlantic City. She was the youngest poker player to play at the final table of the WSOPC. After that, Rousseau participated in many tournaments and got into prizes. In the same 2006, Vanessa took 7th place at the WPT NLH Championship Event for $25000 and won $263625. Her main achievement was the victory in the European High Roller Championship for €25500 at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in 2009, where she won €532500 or $700160.

In 2007, PokerStars noticed Vanessa’s talent and offered to sponsor her. During this collaboration, Rousseau was fortunate enough to meet many well-known professionals and gain almost worldwide fame herself. However, in 2015 “Lady Maverick” did not renew her contract with PokerStars and the cooperation ended. At the moment, Vanessa Russo, together with her partner, is realizing herself in the DJ field.

Interesting facts

  • In 2007, Lady Maverick traveled to Washington DC to help the Poker Players Union repeal the 2006 Illegal Internet Gambling Act, which prohibits all US users from conducting online gaming transactions. Even though the trip was not a success, many players appreciated her efforts.
  • In 2009, Vanessa opened the “Big Slick Boot Camp” summer poker training camp in Florida, where everyone could come to learn. The cost of such training was $400.
  • Russo was married for 3 years to Chad Brown (a poker player who passed away at the age of 52 due to a serious illness).
  • The girl starred in a photo shoot in the Bahamas for the magazine “Sports Illustrated”. After the release of this magazine, her status instantly skyrocketed, and she was on the list of the top 20 sexiest poker players in the world according to Maxim magazine.

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