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Making Sense of Vanessa Rousso’s SI Appearrance

Vanessa Rousso has made a big name for herself in the poker world with her game as well as her looks.  This poker babe has earned a 7th place finish at the WPT Championship event and has also cashed or won in several other meaningful events.  But recently, it has been her looks that has her name out in the news now since she recently appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine.

Now obviously Rousso is definitely one of the hottest women ever to play poker and she is attractive in any kind of setting, but I never really thought of her as top notch model material.  After all, most of the women who make it into the SI Swimsuit magazine have dedicated their lives to developing the look and demeanor that will land them somewhere within the pages of the Swimsuit Edition.  Vanessa, on the other hand, spends a lot of her time at the poker tables and has made her living here while attending law school.

Then I found out that Rousso is not officially one of the models in the Swimsuit Issue, but rather someone featured in the advertising portion of the magazine.  She is featured in a two page spread where she is “swimming with the sharks”.  The ad is courtesy of PokerStars which is trying to promote their room everywhere now since they have plenty of funds to go around.

Vanessa definitely looks good in the advertisement and I think it’s a really cool advertisement by PokerStars in their effort to draw SI readers to their room.  However, I don’t think Vanessa will be leaving poker anytime soon to take the modeling world by storm.

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Tom Dwan Challenge many not Happen

Towards the end of last year, Tom “durrrr” Dwan made an irresistible challenge to some of the best poker players in the world.  He said that he would put up $1,500,000 to anyone’s $500,000 if they could beat him in limits of $200/$400 while playing 4 tables simultaneously over 50,000 hands.  Now durrrr is a great player, but there are plenty of top pros that would be interested in playing for $3 to every $1 they put up.   Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, and David Benyamine are three of the pros that are up for the challenge.

However, there has already been talk that the challenge won’t happen after Dwan postponed his first match with Antonius because he said he was tired.  There is even more speculation that none of the matchups will happen since Dwan has been losing a lot of money lately on Full Tilt Poker.  Just the other day Dwan lost around $1 million to Phil Ivey in a non-challenge session while playing Pot Limit Omaha.  In one hand, Ivey was able to take $270,000 away from Dwan after he hit a nut straight.

Nobody is sure just how big Dwan’s bankroll is, but it has already been said that he’s lost about $3 million over the last few months.  And if he keeps losing like this, then it’s tough to say whether or not durrrr will want to carry on with challenging three of the world’s best poker pros in heads-up play.  Especially when he is putting up $4.5 million to their $1.5 million.  In my opinion, I don’t think there is anyway that he will come out on top in this scenario since he would have to win all three matches to do so.  If he loses just one then he will be down $1.5 million and the best he can do is win $1 million of it back.

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Gus Hansen is going to Box

Boxing is one sport that has really gone down the tubes the last couple of decades with its scandals, diminishing fan base, and the emergence of mixed martial arts.  In fact, boxing isn’t even anywhere close to boxing in terms of popularity anymore.  However, the sport does have its moments and most of those moments revolve around when a celebrity will announce their intentions to step into the ring.

One celebrity that has recently done this is star poker player Gus Hansen since he has declared his plans to fight fellow poker pro Theo Jorgensen in a boxing match.  As far as I know, there is no bad blood between the two players and the match is merely being used as a promotional tool for Hansen’s launch of his new website  And, coincidentally, is where the match is going to be shown live.

Now I have no clue about either player’s prior boxing experience and I know that both Hansen and Jorgensen are paper thin, but obviously Jorgensen must have something on Hansen because online sportsbooks are putting him as the favorite in the fight.  One site called Nordic Bet has Jorgensen as a -285 favorite over Hansen who’s sitting at +200.  In a fight as sketchy as this, I’d be willing to lay some money down on Hansen since I wouldn’t want to be putting $285 on the line just to win $100 in profit.

Betting discussions aside, this should be an awesome event and I want to tune in to see who will win.  I want to see how serious Hansen and Jorgensen take this fight, what kind of boxing shape these two are in, and what kind of venue it will be held in.  Hopefully, this isn’t some cheesy thing held in a high school gymnasium where both fighters are wearing over-sized gloves.

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