CBS Reality Show Big Brother Casts Poker Pro Vanessa Rousso

Former PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso is a part of the cast for the upcoming season of Big Brother on CBS.

The premiere airs on Wednesday, June 24, at 8 p.m. Eastern, with a second show the next night at the same time. It is the 16th season of the popular reality TV show, which will hand out a top prize of half a million dollars to the winner.

Rousso, 32, is one of 14 players in the show, in which players live together in a house. CBS films their lives and puts together produced episodes. Contestants on the show vote one another out, until a winner is crowned.

In her bio for the show, her poker-playing background is heavily referenced:

Vanessa is the No. 2 female poker player in the world when it comes to online and live tournaments. She’s been pro for the past 10 years and has won $4.5 million dollars since she began. She’s a tomboy who has always been extremely competitive, whether it’s playing lacrosse in high school or beating men and women all over the world at the poker table. Being in a male-dominated industry, Vanessa isn’t easily intimidated and is used to keeping her emotions in check, which will help her keep her eye on the prize. She’s perfected the art of bluffing and knows that she can manipulate her Houseguests however she sees fit while living in the Big Brother house.

It’s not clear how CBS is coming up with the fact that she is the No. 2 poker player in the world. Rousso has earned more than $3.5 million in live tournament prizes in her career, although she hasn’t fared very well on the circuit in recent years — including just one cash in 2014, according to The Hendon Mob. She has two cashes at this year’s World Series of Poker, including in the $565 Colossus tournament, the largest live poker tournament ever held. At the Hendon Mob, she is ranked No. 5 among women all-time based on live results.

You can watch her bio video here (CBS All Access/paywall). From Twitter:

Earlier this year, Rousso split ways with the online poker site PokerStars, which she joined as a sponsored pro back in 2006. She was signed on the heels of a final table appearance at the World Poker Tour’s season 4 World Championship, earning a payday of more than a quarter of a million dollars.

Rousso’s last big score came more than three years ago, in a £10K buy-in event at the European Poker Tour London stop in 2011 — a second-place finish for $222,000.

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