Vanessa Rousso, Chad Brown Separate[ return to main articles page ]

By: Earl Burton    [See all articles by Earl Burton]
Published on Jan 11th, 2012
In relationship news to begin 2012, Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso and 2006 Player of the Year Chad Brown (pictured), have announced their separation after slightly more than two years of marriage.

In mutual messages on Twitter and Facebook, Rousso and Brown announced their decision to separate to their followers. "Despite great mutual fondness and respect, Chad and I have separated," a Tweet on Rousso's time line stated. "We will always be friends and I cherish the memories we have together. While we appreciate the support of friends and fans, Chad and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

There is no reason given for the separation and both are at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino in the Bahamas for the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Both have been eliminated from the Main Event and, on her Twitter feed, Rousso (pictured) has been looking to get in on the side game action. She shared a Twitter conversation with poker pro Kevin ImaLuckSac MacPhee regarding the number of players in a $2,000 side tournament, but neither Brown nor she has posted any further information regarding their decision to part ways.

On Twitter and Facebook, friends and acquaintances have been able to pass along their thoughts regarding the separation, but they also are granting the couple's request for privacy. A thread regarding the announcement began on TwoPlusTwo, but after approximately 100 posts, was closed.

The story of Rousso and Brown goes back at least as far as 2008, when the duo announced that they were engaged. Rousso served as the celebrity host for the 2009 Gulf Coast Poker Championship in Biloxi, Mississippi, which Brown won for one of the biggest scores of his career. Soon after that, the twosome eloped.

Although they would live what some considered a desirable existence - traveling the world to play poker - the cards of life dealt a near-fatal turn. In February 2011, Brown (pictured) was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Liposarcoma. The cancer causes tumors to grow in the deep soft tissue of the human body. In Brown's case, the tumor was located in his abdomen and, after surgery, was found to be a ten-pound mass, which was removed.

Throughout the ordeal, Rousso and Brown stood by each other, even while Rousso was having an excellent season on the tournament poker circuit. In addition to taking down over $519,000 in 2011, Rousso learned as much as she could about Brown's condition. The details of their travails were the focus of a September article on ESPN.com written by Gary Wise.

"It's hard when your soul mate is sitting there battling cancer and (you) can do nothing," Rousso admitted to Wise for the article. "He's so strong. He took everything in stride. It was just my way of doing something. It was more important than any game I've ever played. It was literally life on the line. You've got to understand this stuff."

Brown's cancer is considered in remission at this point. He finished his radiation therapy in May and has had several scans since that time to see if the Liposarcoma has returned in his body. If the cancer doesn't return within five years, a patient is normally deemed "cured," but the slightest recurrence would have to be immediately acted upon.

We here at PocketFives wish the twosome well in their respective futures, either together or separately.

Comments

  1. In relationship news to begin 2012-"Chad and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time"nice job on the headliner but mabye you should have sold this story to OK! magazine instead.
  2. :( this rly sucks,.. first black friday, ftp, now this...I feel like i speak for all of us when i say, we need some time to recover from this.The amount of care that I have for this beautiful couple, two phenomenal A-plus real super high level poker players.
    Who define and shape the game that we love. Vanessa who came up with advanced plays like "the aggressive call" and chad brown who is so relevant that i don't even know what i know him for. A das day for all of us.
    Edited By: ThaSquirrel Jan 11th, 2012 at 09:09 PM
    Reason: miss click dubbed posted bc of the emotional hurricane thats blowing thru me right now
  3. Who cares,

    Let people live there lives WoW.
  4. This update is about as important as Tiffany Michelle coming back to tv.
  5. His Tee game was tooo fresh for her anyways
  6.  
    Originally Posted by ThaSquirrel View Post

    Edited By: ThaSquirrel 1 Hour Ago at 10:09 PM
    Reason: miss click dubbed posted bc of the emotional hurricane thats blowing thru me right now

    made my day sir, thanks :)
  7.  
    Originally Posted by DonaldRB View Post

    made my day sir, thanks :)


    hahaha +1
     
  8. One of the poker world’s “super couples” lmfao, you have to be kidding!
  9. gg p5s
  10.  
    Originally Posted by ThaSquirrel View Post

    :( this rly sucks,.. first black friday, ftp, now this...I feel like i speak for all of us when i say, we need some time to recover from this.The amount of care that I have for this beautiful couple, two phenomenal A-plus real super high level poker players.
    Who define and shape the game that we love. Vanessa who came up with advanced plays like "the aggressive call" and chad brown who is so relevant that i don't even know what i know him for. A das day for all of us.


    "I think I'm gonna call, I think I'm gonna call, I think I'm talking to myself out loud."

     
    Originally Posted by HurtToSit View Post

    "I think I'm gonna call, I think I'm gonna call, I think I'm talking to myself out loud."

    Chad couldn't give her a Tourgasm.
  11. Must have been really bad for 2 team pros to split up during PCA.
     
  12. thanks for the breaking news that no1 cares about!
  13. you guys really need to get someone who actually understands how to write an article...
     
  14. lol@ the unanimous hate.. this is poker, we don't care about this shit
  15. "vanessa rousso is single" would be a much better headline imo
  16. Not sure if I should laugh or cry about most of the comments here, 50% seem to be full time journalists and the other 50% bored poker players. If you don't care about it, don't read ... it really is that simple.
  17. What is this, TMZ?
  18. ....DIDN'T SEE THIS ONE COMING.....
     
  19.  
    Originally Posted by pimpnuho View Post

    Yeah I agree & call clock on that

    sound more like a geek
  20.  
    Originally Posted by KyleFly View Post

    This update is about as important as Tiffany Michelle coming back to tv.

    I'm calling clock on her any chance i ever get
     
 
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