Vanessa Rousso Still Strong Among Final 16 in National Heads-Up Poker Event

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SI swimsuit model and one of the most sought after female poker players on the circuit today, Vanessa Rousso, continued to fly high in the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.  Saturday evening, she was among the 16 still playing in a field that would be narrowed down to a final 8.

It's been a great week for Ms. Rousso.  First, she was named the newest GoDaddy Girl.  Then, Vanessa Rousso was interviewed by Senior International Correspondent, Jenny Woo .  Better than GoDaddy in our humble opinion. 

"Poker isn't rocket science," Rousso told Woo.  "Sure, you have to have an above average of intelligence but the biggest thing that makes or breaks it whether or not you're going to be a successful poker player is your discipline, your willingness to continue chipping away at the ice block, and basically being a life long learner."

David Williams was still in along with Huck Seed, Sam Farha, John Juanda, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Scotty Nguyen and Paul Wasicka.

Wasicka was the runner-up at the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event and the winner of the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.  His second place finish at the 2006 WSOP was a bigger win than most previous first place finishes - a cool $6 million.  And to date, his total live tournament winners exceed $7.5 million.

Also still standing were Daniel Negreanu, Bertrand Grospellier, Tom "Durr" Dwan, Kenny Tran, Erick Lindgren and Layne Flack's replacement - David Oppenheim.

Flack was arrested for a DWI in Las Vegas during the early morning hours of Friday

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Ace King,