Galfond Wins Second Career Bracelet, Rousso on Big Brother 17 - PokerJunkie
Phil Galfond may be known as a cash-game player but he has tournament chops and proved that Monday by winning his second career WSOP bracelet.
Meanwhile, Vanessa Rousso is the latest poker pro turned reality TV star. She is part of the next season of Big Brother that premiers on June 24.
Phil Galfond Wins $10k NL 2-7 Championship for Second Career Bracelet
Phil Galfond is known more for his play in the nosebleed games on Full Tilt and PokerStars than for his live tournament play.
However, that changed a bit on Monday when "OMGClayAiken" took down the $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship for his second career WSOP bracelet.
The final table of the NL Lowball Championship was one of the strongest of the 2015 WSOP. Eight-time bracelet winner Eric Seidel headlined the final along with bracelet winners Nick Schulman and Eli Elezra.
Schulman has two titles in the $10k NL Lowball and almost took his third in this event. Galfond and Schulman faced off for the bracelet with Schulman holding a 3:1 chip lead at the onset of heads-up play.
However, Galfond managed to double-up early in the match and that seemed to switch the momentum entirely in his favor.
Over the next couple of hours, Galfond slowly chipped away at Schulman until he took his own 3:1 lead. In the final hand, Schulman was all-in drawing to a nine and Galfond was drawing to an eight.
Galfond hit his eight-low and won his second career bracelet. Galfond admitted after the tournament that he has played for cash-game pots larger than the $224,383 he won in this tournament.
However, a single cash game pot cannot compare to the honor of being a two-time WSOP champion.
Vanessa Rousso to Compete on Big Brother
Yet another poker pro will appear on reality television but this time it is someone we actually care about.
Vanessa Rousso has been announced as one of the participants in the next season of Big Brother which premiers on June 24.
One of the most successful female players in history, "Lady Maverick" has over $3.5 million in live tournament earnings and a million more online.
Casual fans may remember her third-place run at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in 2010. She was also a frequent player on the defunct Poker After Dark.
Rousso was also a PokerStars sponsored player until earlier this year when the pair parted ways amicably.
According to her Big Brother profile, "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."