Big Brother 17 cast member Vanessa Rousso hopes to keep her background as the No. 2 female poker player in the world a secret. Instead, she plans to play up her second job as a DJ and tell the other Houseguests that is her main job. A wise move considering the other players probably would not be happy to know she’s won $4.5 million dollars in her poker playing career. They would probably be thinking she doesn’t need to be winning that Big Brother money next!

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Big Brother 17 Cast: Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso
Age: 32
Hometown: Las Vegas
Current City: Las Vegas
Occupation: Professional poker player

Strategy: Vanessa hopes her studies in game theory, and her skills as a pro poker player, will help her to win Big Brother 17. She is not easily intimidated, and is used to playing against the big boys. Vanessa says she is an expert in the art of bluffing and thinks she will be able to manipulate the other Houseguests to her benefit.

First Impression: Vanessa is a ‘cool girl’ and if she lets out that she has a girlfriend, she will end up less threatening to the other girls. So she may find a niche that will let her be friends with the girls and the guys both. This could prove a major advantage, and we could see her playing multiple sides of the house if given the chance. If there was ever going to be a real girls’ alliance, we could see Vanessa leading it. But we think it is more likely she’ll end up in an alliance with mostly guys because of her strong personality. Could she be a top three contestant? Maybe even a winner? Possibly… but not likely if they find out she’s already banked millions of dollars.

CBS Big Brother Profile:

Three adjectives that describe you: Eclectic, maverick, and adaptable.
Favorite Activities: Making music, listening to music, DJing, going to the drive-in movie theater, working out, playing strategy games, solving riddles, traveling and exploring, people-watching, anything on the water, learning something new, training my dogs (they each know over 20 commands), hiking, fine dining, hanging out at home with my beautiful girlfriend, watching Netflix, throwing parties, imitating accents, dancing, meeting new people, road trips, camping, sky diving, photography, and more!
What do you think will be the most difficult part about living inside the Big Brother house: Not being able to communicate with my girlfriend will definitely be the toughest part of the entire experience. We are very, very close and I rely on her as a teammate in life. I know I will miss her terribly. Also, not being able to use a computer to produce music or be able to browse the net will be insanely difficult since I’m definitely spoiled by the Internet and modern technology—not to mention that making music is my go-to stress reliever! Not having access to technology will certainly be a challenge!
Which past Big Brother cast member did you like most: Dan Gheesling, by far. He is not afraid to make big moves, he has a great social game to complement his strategic prowess, and I’m inspired by the fact that he never ever gives up!
What are you afraid of: Flying insects/bats, death, being out of control, and being humiliated publicly.
Finish this sentence: My life’s motto is… From a blog I wrote in my early 20s: I find my calm not at the finish line, looking back at the distance I’ve traveled, but in the moment, on the run, out of breath, looking forward. I don’t know where I’m going, and I guess I hope to God I never get there—I’m happy as I am: Chasing something eternal and ethereal. The world is not—will never be—enough for me and that’s just the way I like it. Also, I live by a code of, “Do right, be fair, have heart.”
What would you take into the house and why: First would be my iPod/headphones to listen to music because music greatly impacts my emotions and can help me keep a level head when I’m stressed. I listen to music when I play poker and it would be awesome to be able to use it similarly during Big Brother. I’d also bring hair bleach. I highlight my hair and three months is a hella long time to go without doing my roots #vanity!! Finally, my journal since I love to write. It helps me process my emotions and make decisions with a clear head.

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.

Watch Vanessa’s bio video here!

More coming soon on Big Brother 17 cast member Vanessa Rousso…

Source: CBS