Cycalona (Clonie) Gowen
(born November 6, 1971) is an American
player, based in Dallas, Texas
Gowen was born in Florida
, and grew up in Kiowa, Oklahoma
. (Her first name was inspired by the fact that she was born during a powerful storm
.) She won Miss Teen McAlester, Oklahoma
, at age 15, and as a teenager moved to Corsicana, Texas
. She was a member of the varsity basketball
team and placed seventh in state high jump.
Gowen was introduced to poker by her boyfriend's father, and started playing while living in Dallas
, driving to Shreveport, Louisiana
, on the weekends. She earned national recognition when she followed up her Top 10 finish at the World Poker Tour
(WPT) Costa Rica Classic with a win at the WPT Ladies' Night event in 2003, then the highest rated WPT show ever broadcast.
She has served as a guest commentator for the Ultimate Poker Challenge
, The Gaming Club World Poker Championship
and the 888.com Women's Poker UK Open. She is a regular columnist
for All In
magazine. She frequently hosts tournaments
and charity events and is now a partner in a poker school. She appeared on the NBC television program Poker After Dark
, winning first place (and $120,000) during "Ladies Week" (Week 10) and again during Week 17. She is one of only five players to win three or more Poker After Dark
Gowen was formerly a member of "Team Full Tilt" at online poker site Full Tilt...