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“I WON! I bloody WON!!!!!!” tweeted Victoria Coren Mitchell, after her stunning victory in the European Poker Tournament in San Remo, Italy. Coren Mitchell made history by becoming the first two-time winner of one of poker’s most prestigious tournaments.

After a finale in which she fought back from eighth place, Coren Mitchell added: “Sorry for that language on Easter Sunday. But I WON!!!!!! That is at least partly thanks to the amazing support, God bless everyone.”

She won on Easter Sunday with 2 pairs – She held a J and a Q – her opponent had a pair of Aces – The flop was J – 7 – Q – The turn was 10 and the river was a 4. Giving Victoria two pairs, Js and Qs vs Giacomo Fundaro’s pair of AcesVictoria Coren Mitchell.

Coren Mitchell has every reason to be thrilled. The well-known writer and TV personality took home £391,932 in cash and a watch worth more than £4,000, but, more importantly, her total winnings make her ninth on the list of all-time female poker earners – one place behind Liv Boeree, the 29-year-old TV presenter from Kent.

Not exactly a household name in the U.S., Coren Mitchell may soon become one, adding to the small percentage of female poker players who compete at high levels. She is a well-known writer, columnist and author of the book, For Richer, For Poorer: Confessions of a Player. She’s also a part of British media royalty: her father, Alan Coren, was a legendary journalist, she’s married to comedian and U.K. television star David Mitchell and her brother, Giles Coren, is a writer for the London Times.

Many in the poker world believe that a female-based poker boom is one of the ingredients needed to bring an even wider audience to the already hugely popular game. Coren Mitchell may have helped to make that happen with her dramatic Easter Sunday victory.

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Here are my top five picks of poker songs that might help you get motivated and pumped up before your big tournament at the World Series of Poker this year. Owing to their compositional brilliance, I loved these songs much before I learned how to play poker, but hearing them again after actually having played poker makes them truly inspirational for their lyrics too! Here’s the top five list in reverse order of favorites, followed by a noteworthy lyrical piece from the song.

The Angel and The Gambler, by Iron Maiden. The brilliant Bass God Steve Harris writes “Best make decisions, Before it’s too late, Take all your chances, Take hold of the reins”. You can neither be too safe playing a tourney, nor cave in to constant pressure. You got to hold the bull by the horns and take bold decisions, but make sure they’re wise ones.

Ace Of Spades, by Motorhead. Lemmy sings “I don’t share your greed, the only card I need is The Ace Of Spades”. It underlines how underrated an Ace is, especially in a short-handed final table. Never underestimate the power of an Ace.

The Gambler, by Kenny Rogers. Kenny sings “You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done”. Sure. Once your money’s in, it’s in! A patient yet strategic grind in a top-heavy tourney will give you rich dividends. In other words, stop thinking about that rent you gotta pay, so you can buy an island when you’re done.

The Jack, by AC/DC. Bon Scott sings “Poker face was her name, Poker face was her nature, Poker straight was her game … If she knew she could get you, She played ’em fast, And she played ’em hard, She could close her eyes, And feel every card”. A reminder that your ego tends to get the better of you sometimes, and you tend to underestimate players, for example, pretty girls. Don’t. Stay focused and keep your ‘A Game’ on at all times. Underestimate no one.

Deal, by Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia writes “I been gambling here abouts, for ten good solid years, If I told you all that went down, it would burn off both your ears”. Doyle Brunson would be a testament to this. Dolly fought cancer, was almost shot, and he crawled and scratched his way to the top. Every successful poker player ‘who didn’t lose it all in the end’ cannot have an easy story.

But then Garcia also writes “Since it cost a lot to win, and even more to lose, You and me bound to spend some time wondering what to choose”. If you believe in your game and your chance as a poker professional, please pursue it. You’d rather tread a painstaking path and make it doing what you love, than chase the invisible cheese like rats.

Other than your trance, and your rave, and your house, and your rock, and whatever else gets you going, be sure to give these songs a good listen. Good luck at the World Series this year!

Cheers.

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The World Poker Tour (WPT) announced that they will be partnering with PartyPoker to present the WPT 500 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from July 1 through July 6.  This promises to be a very exciting event featuring a $565 buy-in no-limit hold’em tourney. Obviously, the excitement doesn’t come because it’s a no-limit hold’em game; it’s because it comes with a one million dollar guaranteed prize pool. And whoever takes the last table down will be guaranteed at least $200,000.Pocket Bullets Paris at WSOP

Not a bad paycheck to take home after six days of having fun enjoying your favorite pasttime … playing  poker. Sharpen up your game, get your poker face on and practice shuffling your poker chips . Then check out all the details at PokerNews.com and get in on all the action.

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What comes to your mind when you imagine the most intelligent poker game ever played? Do you think of a table with the best poker players in the world such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Hellmuth? Or do you imagine a table with the most intelligent minds ever playing poker? I’d imagine the latter. As I’ve mentioned in one of my previous blogs, my nerdy side feasts on subjects like time travel, and the most fundamental laws of the universe. I tend to measure time during and in between the three “apple eras”. . .  the time when Eve took a bite out of the apple, the time when an apple struck Sir Isaac Newton’s head, and today, the time of Steve Job’s Apple, Inc. and the digital world.

Newton theorized gravitational theories, while Einstein shunned them. The more modern Einstein obviously gained a lot of young fans, as his theories provided us with a bleak yet practicable insight into the possibility of time travel and existence of extra-terrestrial life. In short, Newton was a conservative sound Physics God, until Einstein showed up and broke all rules. And who doesn’t love radical thinkers and rule breakers? In poker too, we have young minds constantly trying to gain an edge over old school and dated strategies, with their aggressive and progressive poker. This unique combination of ground breaking ‘science and poker’ got me dreaming about a poker game involving the four most intelligent minds. The super genius android Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek The Next Generation, Sir Isaac Newton himself, Albert Einstein, and the author of  “A Brief History of Time,” Stephen Hawking. That would be a dream game to watch. How would that game go? Well, awkward, for starters. Why don’t you watch it for yourself. I actually found a clip!

Happy Geeking Out!