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‘The Lady Maverick’ Moves Into the Mainstream

Vanessa Rousso Takes On the World

by Kristy Arnett |  Published: Dec 25, 2009

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A yellow Lamborghini Gellardo pulls up, and out of it appears one, and then another, stylish black stiletto. The blonde bombshell driving the exotic sports car worth six figures is wearing a tight leather jacket, blazoned with sponsor patches. She looks like she just stepped out of a Go Daddy commercial. She’s young, she’s smart, and she’s beautiful, and if anyone knows how to capitalize on such marketable characteristics, it’s her — Vanessa Rousso. The Team PokerStars pro has earned more the $3.2 million in tournaments over the last four years. More importantly, she has transcended the traditional confines of how a poker player can earn an income. The combination of her poker prowess, business savvy, and attractive looks and personality has landed her opportunities for mainstream attention, furthering her career outside the game as well as giving the general public a stereotype-breaking vision of a professional poker player. Rousso’s ...


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