Cyndy Violette looks like a sweet, charming lady, but in reality she is one of the best and most vicious female poker players in the world. Cyndy has been playing poker way before women were commonly accepted at the poker table, and she’s made everyone who has ever underestimated her pay dearly.
Cyndy Violette was born on August 19, 1959 in Queens, NY. She played poker throughout her childhood, and her family moved to Las Vegas when she was 12. When she became legal, she started working in a casino as a blackjack and poker dealer. However, the first time she played poker in a casino was when she was on pregnancy leave from her job. Cyndy made $74,000 when she won a Seven Card Stud tournament at the Golden Nugget, which was at that point the most money ever won by a woman.
After marrying for a second time, Cyndy took a couple years off poker. In 1990 she visited Caesar’s Palace and won a tournament there, earning $62,000. Cyndy was back. After poker was legalized in Atlantic City, she went back there to check it out and bought a house nearby, which is her official residence. However, she spent most of her time in Las Vegas and LA playing poker, so her house was just a sanctuary she retreated to every once in a while.
Cyndy Violette achieved her dream of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet while playing in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo tournament during the 2004 World Series of Poker. Cyndy also has the dubious honor of being the first person ever eliminated from a Professional Poker Tour event.
Cyndy recently sold her house in New Jersey and, when she’s not traveling, lives in a condo in Las Vegas, NV.