Cyndy Violette: Clean Living = WSOP Cash

Cyndy Violette
Cyndy Violette during the $2,500 Omaha 8/ Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Event 5

Cyndy Violette will turn 48 in August, but she looks as fit as ever. Plus, she's at the top of her game right now. Violette is coming off seven cashes at the WSOP in 2006 and six the year before, including three final tables. No doubt the former blackjack and poker dealer will be looking to add to the WSOP bracelet she took home from the Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event in 2004 and her 22 lifetime WSOP cashes. sat down with the lovely Ms. Violette as she took a break from play at the $2,500 Omaha Eight-or-Better/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better tournament where she'd already made the top 32 and the money. Always affable, Violette talked about how living right can be the path to success in poker, her support system and what she thinks of all these young Internet players breaking into the game, all while enjoying the latest offerings from the personal chef she's hired for the 2007 Steve Billirakis bested him winning the $5,000 Mixed Hold'em Championship only a couple weeks after turning 21; what do you think of all these young guns taking over the poker world?

I can see why they love the game, why they are into it. But it doesn't affect me at all really. I don't play on the Internet at all. It's a whole different breed these young kids. They don't have experience. They haven't been rolled in the barrel a few times, as Barry Greenstein would say.

They think it's easy being a poker pro, but there's a lot more to it than they know. I don't know because I don't have the experience playing on the Internet, but I think, in order to get through these big fields, to be consistent, you have to have the experience playing live.

So who do you lean on when things get tough, do you have some family and friends here with you at the WSOP?

My dad's here all the time. He's with me today. He lives here in town. My daughter is here too. She lives in L.A., but she'll be back and forth, and I have my cook, so I've got my support team. I've got everybody I need.

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You have to hand it to Cyndy Violette, she looks good, feels good and is already two-for-two in cashes at the 2007 WSOP. Keep eating those tamales, Cyndy, and I'm sure it won't be long before interviews you again for our WSOP 2007 Bracelet Winners section. And, oh yeah, enjoy that Kenny Loggins show.

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