Born August 19, 1959 in Queens, New York, Cyndy Violette’s family moved to Las Vegas when she was 12. There, she was introduced to card games at a young age and always showed a proficiency for poker. When she turned 21, she started dealing blackjack and poker, playing only in her spare time. In 1985, she entered a $1000 Limit Seven Card Stud event and took it down for $75K, more than enough to launch her poker career.
After a hiatus from poker in which she started a family, Cyndy returned to the game in 1990, winning a Caesars Palace tournament for $62K. In 1993, she moved her family to Atlantic City. On her website, she talks about the move, saying, “I bought a nice house in the Atlantic City area and kept it as my personal haven – a place that could be a permanent home for myself all my many books and transformational tapes. A sanctuary where I could relax and enjoy my life and pursue my passion for healthy vegetarian cooking.”
Over the years since, she’s become one of the most accomplished female players poker has ever seen. In 2004, she finally won the World Series of Poker bracelet she coveted so dearly, taking down the $2000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split event for $136K. A year later, she narrowly missed winning her second WSOP title when she took second in a $2000 No Limit Hold’em event for $296K. Her string of success at the WSOP continued in 2006 as she took third in the $5K Seven Card Stud for $102K. All told, Violette has over $1.2 million in live tournament earnings.
Cyndy Violette currently splits her time between L.A. and Las Vegas, where she still plays in ring games and tournaments. When she’s not playing live, you can find her online at Full Tilt Poker, where she remains a sponsored pro.