American poker player Vanessa Rousso was a member of Team PokerStars Pro for 9 years. She was signed just after she finished in 7th place at the $25,000 WPT Championship in 2006. But now Vanessa Rousso and PokerStars have parted ways. F5Poker.com was the first media to notice that the successful pro was no longer on the list of Team Pros at PokerStars website and checking out Rousso’s Facebook page today it says: “Self-Pro Poker Player. Past: PokerStars.net”.
As neither PokerStars nor Vanessa Rousso have commented on the reasons behind the breakup, we can only speculate. The termination of the sponsorship deal follow after half a year where PokerStars have parted ways with a number of pros. In August the poker site said goodbye to well-known Latin American players Humberto Brenes, Angel Guillen and Jose “Nacho” Barbero, and by September Main Event champion Joe Cada, “The Flying Dutchman” Marcel Luske and WSOP bracelet winner Alex Kravchenko were no longer part of the team.
Rousso is one of the most successful women in poker. She has more than $3,5 million in live tournament earnings, which makes her the fifth winningest female player in history. Her biggest score dates back to 2009, where she won the €25,000 High Roller at EPT Monte Carlo for €532,500 ($700,160). In the same year she finished runner-up in the NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $250,000 and 7th in WPT Main Event at Beau Rivage, Biloxi. In 2009 alone Rousso won close to $1,3 million.
On PokerStars Rousso has played under her screen name LadyMaverick. Besides her impressive live results Rousso has also excelled online. In 2007 she finished runner-up in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and took home $700,782 for her deep run.
For the last couple of years Rousso has been very involved in music. In 2012 she finished a master in Electronic Music Production and she has been studying composition, music theory and digital production. Rousso has been Djing with Lisa Pittman under the appropriate name Deuces.
PokerWomenNews wish Vanessa Rousso all the best in her future endeavors. Later this month she will host a poker seminar with Brian Rast and Kristy Arnett, Zen Poker Mentoring.