Victoria Coren Mitchell Makes Poker History with Double EPT Win
The British journalist and broadcaster Victoria Coren Mitchell has made poker history by becoming the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour. She managed to defeat a field of 556 players to win a cash prize of £391,932 and a watch worth over £4,000 in Sanremo, Italy.
Coren Mitchell became the tournament’s first female winner when she won in 2006. Her second victory brings her lifetime winnings to £1.5 million. This puts her in the all-time top 10 female poker earners.
After defeating Italian player Giacomo Fundaro she Tweeted “I WON! I bloody WON!!!!!!”
As she accepted the trophy she said, “Sorry for that language on Easter Sunday. But I WON!!!!!! That is at least partly thanks to the amazing support, God bless everyone. People in poker know it’s about showing a profit. The minute I won 8,000 euros (£6,576) it was a good trip. But tens of thousands of people (on Twitter) got behind me. I thought I’d be happy with sixth, but also thought they’d be disappointed.”
Coren Mitchell is a member of Team PokerStars Pro, additionally she writes columns for the Guardian and Observer newspapers and is a regular on panel shows such as “Have I Got News For You” and “Question Time”.