• Name: Lucy Rokach
• Nickname: Golden Ovaries
• Current Residence: Stoke-on-Trent, England
• Birth Date: 1949
• Birth Place: Cairo, Egypt
It must take supreme confidence in yourself and your abilities to take out a second mortgage on your home to continue playing poker after going completely broke.
Not many people would have the guts, or the gamble, to take such a risk.
Lucy Rokach does, and that’s one of the reasons she’s a top female in the poker world as well as one of the top European players.
Rokach was born in 1949 in Cairo, Egypt.
When the Suez/Sinai War broke out in the area in the 1950s, Rokach’s family moved from the war zone to England where she has lived ever since, settling in Stoke-on-Trent.
What started like a career in car selling and history teaching ended with a profession of pro poker playing before she discovered poker at age 38.
Less than a year later, she found herself flat broke.
While that might have discouraged many people, Rokach didn’t like losing and thought of it as a challenge.
Lucy re-mortgaged her house in order to get her hand on some money and got right back to it.
Perhaps it was her determination during that period that also helped her develop a tough, aggressive style that’s served her well in becoming a winning player and one of the best female pros around the world.
A lot of Rokach’s success happened before the poker boom started when Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event.
She started out in cash games and has played with David Colclough.
Her tournament success began in the early 90s with a win at the 1991 Festival of Poker in London in the £25 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Since then she’s cashed in numerous tournaments around the world, and has several cashes at World Series of Poker events.
She’s even made the final table of two WORLD SERIES OF POKER (WSOP) Pot-Limit Hold’em tournaments in 1995 and 1996.
She’s also made it into the money of two Main Events, one in 1996 and the other in 2004.
In 1999, Rokach got her first major tournament win when she took down the Grand Prix de Paris $10,000 main event.
Unfortunately, that was still four years before the introduction of the World Poker Tour, of which the Grand Prix de Paris is now a regular event.
So her first big win didn’t bring her the fame and fortune it would now, but Paris did prove to be lucky for the Brit.
She returned in 2000 for the Summer Tournament and walked away with another win in its championship, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
She also won the $100 Women’s Limit Hold’em tournament at the first annual Jack Binion World Poker Open in Tunica that year.
By 2002 the poker world was finally taking notice of Rokach.
When she won the main event of the Irish Winter Tournament in October 2002, and then again the following year, the European community decided it was time to honor her poker skills by giving her a European Poker Lifetime Achievement award.
Rokach’s success continues to this day with more than $1.2 million in tournament cashes.
Along her path to poker success, her game and image has evolved right along with the industry.
When she first started playing, she was given the nickname Spring Lamb for her role as the sacrificial lamb at the altar in a male dominated profession. Now she’s known as Golden Ovaries – a tribute to her combination of luck, aggressive play and female gender.
The new nickname stems from a cash game Rokach was playing in a few years ago.
She kept beating one of the players with small cards when he would have aces.
He was going to tell her she had “golden bollocks,” but corrected himself by saying golden ovaries instead, and the name stuck.
The poker world is also seeing a lot more female pros like Rokach coming up in the world.
The poker boom has increased pots and brought a lot more women to the table to ante up and try their hand at making it big with poker.
“The poker world has changed phenomenally,” Rokach said in a Guardian Unlimited article in 2005.
“The money now available to be won is life-changing.
You’ve got sponsors offering you deals, celebrity players as in other sports, and there are more women, which makes for a much pleasanter atmosphere.”
Rokach’s own celebrity in the poker world extends to writing poker tip articles for magazines as well as finding time to provide commentary for The Poker Channel in the United Kingdom.
She’s worked alongside Gary Jones and Roy Brindley providing commentary for the popular Late Night Poker.
• Top European female poker player
• Commentator on The Poker Channel
• Awarded European Poker Lifetime Achievement award