For over 10 years, Vanessa Rousso has braved the testosterone-filled poker tables to help further women’s place in the game. And she’s helped her own cause by earning over $3.5 million in tournaments, winning the 2009 EPT Grand Final High Roller (€532,500) and landing a lucrative sponsorship deal with PokerStars.
But as for the latter, Rousso has decided to step away from her sponsor of five years in pursuit of other interests. It’s little surprise that ‘Lady Maverick’ is leaving PokerStars, though, given that she cashed just once last year and has been spending far more time promoting her DJ’ing career than she has pimping Stars.
Rousso will still remain involved in poker since she’s set to join Brian Rast in hosting a Zen Poker Mentoring seminar. However, it looks like the 32-year-old’s days of logging a heavy playing schedule are long gone.
While Rousso may be distancing herself from poker, TV hostess Kara Scott is simply re-positioning herself. The former Party Poker rep announced that she recently signed a deal with an Italian company named Tilt Events.
No, this company isn’t a clever way for disgraced Full Tilt founders Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson to sneak back into the game. Instead, Tilt Events develops poker tournaments and other related events in Italy. Regarding Scott’s role, she writes that she’ll be working with her husband, Giovanni Rizzo, to be “involved all the way from the early dreaming stages to the fine detail execution of the Tilt Cup events as well as bringing back – and this is REALLY exciting – the Venice Poker Festival for the end of 2015!”
Poker has been strong in Italy for a while now. And this only figures to be even more the case with a talented hostess and poker mind like Scott in the mix.