Poker will make an appearance on reality TV this summer as Vanessa Rousso made the final cut and has been selected as one of 14 houseguests on “Big Brother.”
This year marks the 17th season of the show that pits cast members against one another. Contestants are eliminated and evicted from the house by each other through various competitions and alliances until one remains standing and declared the winner.
Rousso knows all about besting the competition and coming out on top, having done so numerous times on the poker tables. A victory at the Borgata Poker Open in 2006 resulted in her first poker championship and a payday of $285,450, according to the Hendon Mob.
Three years later, Rousso again found herself in the winner’s circle, this time at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in the €25,500 buy-in European High Roller Championship where she outlasted a field of 79 to earn $700,160. All told, the 32-year-old has recorded $3,530,832 in live tournament cashes over an outstanding poker career that includes a min-cash at this year’s WSOP in the record-breaking Colossus event.
Show Starts June 24
The newest edition of Big Brother gets underway on June 24 on CBS. It’s the first of two opening shows – the next being the following night on the 25th – where all 14 houseguests will be introduced.
We may see some poker hands being dealt on the show this year considering the presence of Rousso and Da’Vonne Rogers, a 27-year-old poker dealer who resides in Los Angeles. Perhaps the two could cajole the other houseguests into playing a game of poker, with the loser facing eviction from the house.
Other houseguests include a wrestler, dentist, personal trainer and college student. As has been the norm on the long-running hit reality TV show, the occupations of the contestants vary considerably, as do their stations in life.
Rousso was previously a PokerStars Team Pro, but parted ways with the industry’s top poker site earlier this year. Her bio at CBS lists her as “the No. 2 female poker player in the world when it comes to online and live tournaments.”
When not playing poker, Vanessa enjoys DJing, listening to and making music. She has received excellent reviews for her DJing skills, particularly at a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure party in the Bahamas. She calls music her “go-to stress reliever” and is a bit concerned that her stint as a houseguest will keep her away from modern technology and the Internet.
The Big Brother contestants are allowed no contact with the outside world and are restricted to communicating only with those within the house. Their movements and activity are all captured on film, with about 80 cameras strategically placed throughout the house. The grand prize for the winner is $500,000.
Take a look at the video below for a sneak peek of this year’s house that will be Vanessa’s home until she either gets evicted or eliminates the competition.