Ludovic Lacay Parts Ways With Team WinamaxJanuary 27, 2015 4:49 pm
After almost eight years with Team Winamax, Ludovic Lacay has parted ways with his sponsored site in order to pursue a new and exciting venture. Describing his decision to leave in a blog post entitled “Forgive my sins”, the French pro wrote about some of the challenges faced by a tournament player constantly on the road, stating:
“My motivation has been down for several months now, and I wasn’t sure I would take a good decision. But I have played poker for nine years, and I travel from one tournament to the other, from a country to the other for eight years. It’s time for me to turn the page and do something else. I have an opportunity that I can’t miss. It’s as scary and exciting as poker was at the very beginning – and that’s what I want to do.”
The 29-year-old player pro joined Team Winamax in 2007, and that year he went on to earn $449,075 in winnings, his third most successful year behind 2009 ($900,978), and 2012 ($1,005,714), the year he won the €5,300 EPT San Remo Main Event for €744,910 ($961,807). Last year was not so kind to him, however, with Lacay having cashed just twice for a total of $38,053, possibly accounting for some of his lack of motivation, and decision to seek out a new adventure to pursue.
Nevertheless, Ludovic Lacay is still considered one of France’s top poker players having earned $3,251,597 from tournaments throughout his career, placing him 6th on France’s All Time Money List, behind such talented pros as Bertrand Grospellier, David Benyamine, Fabrice Soulier, Roger Hairabedian, and Antoine Saout. Expressing his appreciation for Winamax’s sponsorship over the years, Lacay said:
“I want to thank Winamax for the decision to hire a law student that nobody knew and who didn’t know anyone back in 2007. They have helped him to grow and they have made him live some incredible experiences.”
Following Lacay’s departure, French poker room Winamax can still boast a number of notable names, including Davidi Kitai, Sylvain Loosli, Gaëlle Baumann and Patrick Bruel.