Cyndy Violette was born in Queens, NY. Her family relocated to Las Vegas when she was 12 years old. As a child, Cyndy loved to play cards on the kitchen table with her Uncle Ross. The first time she tested out her skills in a casino was when she was already an adult and was pregnant with her daughter, Shannon.
After short stints dealing blackjack and poker in Las Vegas, Cyndy went to a Lake Tahoe tournament in 1984. She built a small bankroll at the tournament which was all the proof she needed to make the decision to make Poker her profession of choice. Before long she had won a Golden Nugget tournament (7 stud, $74,000, the most money ever won by a woman up until that time), and was featured in a “Playboy magazine” article.
It was during this time when she was the subject of many other articles and tv shows, she met and was swept off her feet by her second husband. Being a wife caused her to take a hiatus from poker for two years.
On a trip to Caesars Palace in 1990 Cyndy just could not resist entering a Poker tournament there. She won it and took home the $62,000 prize. She was hooked again. One paper's headline stated that she was back — with a “Poker Vengeance!” She realized that she had a deep, and never ending love for the game. Soon, while still maintaining her residence in Washington State, she found herself spending much of her time at the tables in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
After getting divorced in 1993, Cyndy heard they were legalizing poker in Atlantic City. Violette with her East Coast roots decided to check it out there. She spent the summer living at the Taj Majal Hotel and Casino, and come Spring of 1994 decided to set up shop there.
She bought a house in the Atlantic City area and has kept it as her personal haven. A place that could be a permanent home for herself for her many books, transformation tapes. A sanctuary where she could relax and enjoy her life and pursue her passion for healthy vegetarian cooking.
In 2004 Cyndy achieved one of her dreams. She won the 7 card stud high-low tournament of the World Series of Poker. She is proud of her World Series bracelet and the title as Poker champion. In the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament she made three final tables, and six cashes total.