Ludovic Lacay Reveals Why He Left Poker World

It’s not that uncommon to see poker players come and go in the poker world but we rarely hear what they did after their poker careers.

However, French poker pro Ludovic Lacay was more than happy to talk about his life after poker in a recent interview with Business Insider.

Lacay started playing poker when he was a 19-year-old teenager living in France and made his breakthrough on the live tournament circuit in 2007, after taking 2nd place in the WPT Spanish Championship event for well over $400,000 payday.

He eventually managed to sign a sponsorship deal with poker site Winamax and started playing the biggest poker tournaments around the world. However, after making over $3 million on the live tournament circuit, Lacay quickly realised it would be time for him to start looking at other career opportunities:

But money was not what he was after. Lacay eventually realised that, at the top of his game, he wouldn’t have had anywhere to go but downhill. At the age of 28 he started to look around him, and saw that a new generation of players was coming along to take over the game.

According to the interview, Lacay has since taken on a lead role with a tech company Tictrac in London, where he first started as a intern. While Lacay has found success outside poker, he still plays poker occasionally and has so far enjoyed his experiences as a recreational player.

“I actually enjoy it more now than before. Because now it’s more fun and less stress. I’m coming in as an outsider. It’s really hard to be famous. It’s really, really hard. But when you’re just coming in [for fun] and you’re like, ‘I don’t know, let’s just see what happens,’ you’re free,” Lacay described his poker trip to the 2017 World Series of Poker.

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