Vanessa Rousso is a French American law student at the University of Miami and a professional poker player. She is also known by her Pokerstars online screen name Lady Maverick. Born in White Plains, New York, Rousso has dual citizenships with the United States and France. Rousso is a member of Team PokerStars, and a spokesperson for GoDaddy.com. She has earned money as a professional poker player since 2005. A photo of her appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Rousso was her 2001 high school class valedictorian and graduated from Duke University in December 2003.
As of 2011, Rousso had finished in the money in numerous live poker events and had earned over $2,900,000 in career earnings. She had placed in the money a cumulative total of thirteen times in the 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 World Series of Poker. In the 2008 tournament, she placed 625th of 6844 entrants in the Main event. However, in 2007, she had earned over $700,000 with a second place finish in the main event of the World Championship of Online Poker.
At the age of 27, she ranks among the top five women in poker history in terms of all-time money winnings. In addition, she has become one of the game's foremost sex symbols. She has been a pro-gambling activist on both the national and state level.