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An Exclusive Interview with Poker Professional Cyndy Violette
She travels between Los Angeles, Atlantic City and Las Vegas to play in tournaments; She's one of the few really successful women on the pro poker circuit; She's made three final tables in the WSOP this year, and holds a bracelet from last year. She is Cyndy Violette, and I sat down beside her as she played $400-$800 2-7 Triple Draw, and managed to catch her for an interview.
How many WSOP tournaments have you played in this year?
I don't know exactly, but I've been playing all the events I've had time to play. I think possibly around 30. I cashed in six of them and made three final tables.
What's your favourite poker variety?
I learned poker by playing Texas Hold'em, but I played a lot of Seven-Card Stud right from the start. I still like Stud games a lot, but I play lots of Texas Hold'em now. I think Pot-Limit is my favourite.
How come you started to play poker?
I grew up in Las Vegas and I dealt blackJack at the casinos here when I was younger. When I got married and was pregnant with my daughter, I started to play poker just to kill time. I started to deal poker, and I did that for about 6 months, and then I went to play a poker tournament in Lake Tahoe. I did really well, so after that I never came back to work. I have now been playing for 21 years professionally, except for 2 years when I was married to my second husband who didn't want me to play poker.
What do you play more, tournaments or cash games?
I used to play mostly cash games, but because there are so many great tounaments happening around the United States these days, I have begun to play more and more tournaments. I travel between L.A., Atlantic City and Las Vegas throughout the year to play tournaments.
Do you play online?
No. I don't play online at all.
Why do you think there are so few women in poker?
I think mainly it is because women usually don't have the same amount of time to spend on learning and playing poker as men do. They often have a home and a family to attend to, and then of course it hasn't been as acceptable for women to play poker in the past as it has been for men. I do think women have the same basic skills as men to win big in poker though.
What advice would you give to all the new players who want to succeed in poker?
I just think that you have to have balance in life. Poker can be obsessive and then it's not good for you. You have to stay focused at all times; don't get emotionally involved, and don't let it take over your life.