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From the EPT Grand Final: Vanessa Rousso

Rousso Talks About Her Progress Today and About Her Fiance Chad Brown Signing with PokerStars


Vanessa Rousso Vanessa Rousso is a Team PokerStars Pro, and she’s currently in Monte Carlo for the European Poker Tour Grand Final. Rousso has more than $1.5 million in career tournament earnings, though she has yet to make the money in an EPT event. Her biggest cash thus far came in September 2007 when she took second, and more than $700,000, in the World Championship of Online Poker main event. Card Player had the chance to talk to her on a break from the European Poker Tour Grand Final.

Lizzy Harrison: Are you enjoying yourself here in Monte Carlo?

Vanessa Rousso: There are definitely worse places in the world to play poker. It is awesome here, I love it!

LH: Have you been here before?

VR: I was here last year for the EPT event. Also, when I was a kid growing up in Paris, my family used to come here on vacation. Monte Carlo is kind of nostalgic for me. And, of course, I love the weather, the scenery, the style, and the shopping. It is such a nice place.

LH: This time you are here to play poker, though. How is the tournament going for you?

VR: I had a slow start; I was about even after the first level with a little more than 14,000. Then, in the second level, I was cold-decked with pocket queens against pocket kings on a baby flop. I lost half of my stack; I was down to about 7,400, and then I chipped it back up to about 12,000, which is where I am right now. I am very happy to be able to say that I am back in the running. I was feeling short-stacked, but luckily the structure affords me the opportunity to be patient.

LH: Definitely; it could be much worse.

VR: And it could be better [laughing]! Don’t count me out yet, though.

LH: You are here as a Team PokerStars Pro, and your fiancé, Chad Brown, recently signed with them, as well. 

VR: I was very excited; it was really great news for us. With all of the traveling around the world that we do, it is great to be on the same sponsored team. Now I don’t have to go to Asia and Latin America by myself. Also, there is no conflict like there could be if he were to have signed with another site. Now we have a harmonious business and personal relationship, and it just makes sense all the way around. PokerStars is excited about it and so are we; it is a good thing.

LH: Before I let you get back to the tournament, I have to congratulate you on recently taking down Poker After Dark: Gus and the Ladies.

VR: I was really happy to win that. I finally figured out the right formula for the six-person Poker After Dark format. They have a fairly fast structure, but there are faster made-for-television structures. It is still much faster than the tournaments I am used to, though. I was patient, and I made the right moves and the right reads. Also, I had never really played with Gus Hansen before, so that was fun. I am proud of the way that I played, and I am certainly happy with the results!