Lucille Cailly Interview : Women of Poker

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PokerPinups caught up with professional poker player Lucille Cailly, read her top poker tips and find out what she’s been up to as part of the IveyPoker team…


Congratulations on your amazing poker successes Lucille, what has been the highlight of your career so far?

The EPT Monte Carlo 2012 obviously. Even though I was the runner up, I feel like I won. Or at least as I didn’t lose. It was an amazing experience, full of adrenaline, stress, joy and just a little bit of deception. It seems quite unreal now when I think about it. Lucille Cailly.

When you’re in Vegas for poker how do you like to spend your free time?

The spa, the pool, the gym and many many restaurants. Lucille Cailly.

Sometimes I just stay in my room catching up on readings or TV series, in the quiet, away from the crowds. I have many memories outside of the Rio. My two favourites would be hiking at Red Rock and going karaoke downtown. Lucille Cailly.

How do you maintain a work/life balance as a poker player?

Well it’s not always easy.  Especially because I play during evening. I tried to exercise at least twice a week, to eat well and not to play every single night of the week. That’s pretty much it. Lucille Cailly.

What are your top three tournament tips that you would pass on to a newcomer?

Really rest the night before a tournament and, as a general rule, don’t party too much. Eat well and exercise. It’s a marathon, you’ll need all your strength.

Allow yourself breaks from tournaments or you’ll get crazy. Lucille Cailly.

Bring a sweater to the tournament or you’re going to freeze to death.

What are your top 5 poker hands?

AA, KK, KQs, JTs, 9Ts

How would you describe your style of play?

I’m very aggressive preflop. This is my main strength.  Well, I’m very aggressive overall. As a woman, this is a very effective style.

You’re now part of Team Ivey, how did that come about and would you like to tell us a bit about what you’ve been doing for

They contacted my agent and 2 months later, I was part of the IveyPoker squad. I’m really glad to be part of such a strong team. 

I’ve not being doing much for now. But I hope to represent the brand at the best (shipping a bracelet for example!). And I can’t wait until it launches.

What other poker players have been influential in your poker career and what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My ex boyfriend, Clement Thumy, had a big role in my poker career. I wouldn’t be the player I am today without him. And I’ll always be grateful for that. He taught me all he knew about poker (and he knew a lot). Lucille Cailly.

The best advice would be to never be afraid to do what my guts (and thinking process) tell me to do.

As a pro-poker player do you pinch yourself that you get to play your favourite game to earn a living or does it start to feel like a lot of hard work after a while?

I only play when I want to, the games I like, where I like so it doesn’t get old, boring or painful. I love my job and I want it to stay this way. Some of my friends play everyday and never allow themselves a day off if they consider it’s EV+ to play. I can’t do that. But I have to admit I feel a bit guilty when I miss a sunday session.

Have you ever faced any challenges or experienced sexism as a woman in poker?

I can’t say that I did. I guess I’m lucky because I began to play in parisian poker clubs where people can be quite sexist. 

What advice would you give to women who are thinking of becoming a pro player?

Work, work, work. And work.


Thanks so much for talking to PokerPinups Lucille and all the best of luck!

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