There was a conspiracy theory being floated that CBS rigged Big Brother for Vanessa Rousso to win, in order to promote her upcoming show Poker Face. However, Rousso busted these conspiracy rumors by finishing third place on the popular reality show.
The 32-year-old poker pro looked to be in command of the competition heading into the final three, having won the first stage of the “head of household competition.” But Steve Moses was able to win the second stage, giving him a chance to evict either Rousso or Liz Nolan. Despite having an unofficial alliance with Rousso, Moses decided to eliminate the stronger competitor.
“Across 17 seasons of this game, I’m thoroughly convinced you are the strongest female ever to play,” Moses told Ruosso. “I so admire your game. I can’t justify taking a stronger player to the final vote.”
Moses was voted the winner while receiving $500,000; Nolan took second and earned $50,000. As for Rousso, she walks away empty handed but did manage to impress Big Brother fans thanks to her skills.
There’s no official word on Rousso actually having an upcoming show called Poker Face. This rumor supposedly came from a Big Brother cameraman, so we’ll have to wait and see if it actually comes to fruition.
That said, it’ll be interesting to see what Rousso ends up doing next. She was doing a lot of DJ’ing work while building her music career. But given that she had some success on Big Brother, perhaps she’ll keep going after TV opportunities. One thing that’s for sure, though, is that Rousso won’t be playing as much poker as she once did. Despite earning over $3.5 million in her poker career, she announced last year that she’ll continue to look for opportunities beyond poker.