With the recent success of Vanessa Rousso at the NBC Heads Up Poker Championships we decided to do a little digging and find out her past education. It wasn’t too hard seeing as she is always talking about her game theory studies at Duke.
After the digging however we found that Rousso majored in economics at Duke, and minored in political science. Since game theory was relevant to economics Rousso took a lot of courses and electives specializing in this discipline. Game theory studies the mathematics of decision making to obtain a maximum return. As you can see this can definitely be used in economics. Rousso was a hell of a student too. She finished her 4 year program in 2 and half years, which broke the schools record. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say she was in school for 2 summers in a row.
While in school Rousso dabbled in poker and eventually started taking it more seriously. It was an easy transission from game theory studies to poker. Rousso is an up and coming star in online poker and she attributes a lot of her success to her Duke University studies. This one I will say University = Poker and University –> Poker for Vanessa Rousso.