“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 Aces.
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.