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WSOP High Profile: Vanessa Rousso
Vanessa Rousso burst onto the poker scene four years ago and has since proven she’s here to stay.
The pro known as 'LadyMaverick' online is one of faces of Team PokerStars Pro, and one of the most recognizable faces at the WSOP 2010.
Rousso isn't getting much free time on breaks these days, as numerous fans and fellow players are stopping her in the hallways.
PL.com did a get a minute with Rousso during a break from the $2.5k Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event, Rousso's second tournament of the day.
Despite busting from the $1k Ladies Championship earlier in the day, the energetic Rousso was in high spirits.
"I decided I wasn't going to play the event unless I was going to give it my all to win," said Rousso.
"No more playing like crap if it's a $1k buy-in. I came in and I truly gave it my 100 percent best shot."
Already a big name at last year's WSOP, Rousso's has enjoyed even bigger success in the last two years, establishing herself as an icon of the PokerStars brand.
She's also gotten exposure in non-poker circles from her commercial appearances for GoDaddy.com, and Rousso let us in on her latest project, an iPhone poker application.
Poker 1 on 1 with Vanessa Rousso is available on iTunes now, and the instructional app focuses on heads-up play with varying degrees of difficulty. Playing against "Virtual Vanessa" on the app features one of the most challenging computer AI seen on a poker game.
Rousso has also been a magazine cover girl for numerous poker publications over the last year, and now the 27-year-old might just be the most famous female in the game.
"I haven't played as many events this year, but more people know who I am at the table, which is not a good thing!" Rousso said.
"It's actually better for me if people don't know who I am. Most women get underestimated, and that would be a big advantage for me."
Nobody's underestimating Rousso in the $2.5k Limit Hold'em event, as she enters the 2010 WSOP with more than $3.7 million in career earnings.