Poker star Vanessa Rousso qualifies for final three on CBS’ ‘Big Brother’. The 17th season of Big Brother began with 17 competitors. Rousso, 32, graduated from Duke University in 2 1/2 years and studied game theory en route to an economics degree before heading to the University of Miami for law school. But along the way, she began playing poker, building up a bankroll at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. She finished seventh in a 2006 World Poker Tour event in Las Vegas, winning $263,625 and finishing in the money 16 times in World Series of Poker events.
There’s a $500,000 prize for the last person standing, with $50,000 for the runner-up. The show was whittled down to the final three on Wednesday. The next episode is Sunday, followed by the 90-minute season finale on Sept. 23.
A victory for the Florida native would be more than the third largest score of her poker career. She has won more than $4.5 million in poker tournaments over the past 10 years.