Cyndy Violette – Class of 2009
Cyndy Violette dealt blackjack and poker in Las Vegas and started playing tournament poker in 1984. She built a small bankroll with her tournament winnings and decided to make poker her profession. Before long, she was setting records for most-money won by a female tournament player. In 1994, she moved to Atlantic City to play poker, enjoy life, and pursue her passion for healthy vegetarian cooking. In 2004, she achieved one of her dreams of winning a gold bracelet in the stud/8 tournament at the World Series of Poker. In 2005, she made three final WSOP tables and had six cashes. She was featured in television appearances on The Superstars of Poker, Poker Royale: Pro/Celebrity, and the World Series of Poker. Today, she spends most of her time in Las Vegas and Los Angeles playing high-stakes cash games. She attends major tournaments but still finds time to work on her line of poker-inspired clothing and motivational items.