Published On: Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014

Victoria Coren Mitchell becomes the first-ever professional player to win the European Poker Tour trophy twice

Ms. Mitchell, a well known UK based journalist quiz show presenter, has just won a prize of around £400, 000 ($600, 000) making her one of the most successful female poker players in history.

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Victoria Coren Mitchell  set a new  record this weekend when she became the first-ever professional player to win the European Poker Tour trophy on two separate occasions.

Victoria, well-known in the United Kingdom as a newspaper columnist appearing regularly in  The Guardian and The Observer ,  as well as for hosting Only Connect  a quiz show presented on the BBC Four channel, as well as being a regular panelist on such other popular TV shows as Have I Got News For You and Question Time.

In this year’s tournament, Victoria Coren Mitchell beat off a field of more than 550 competitors in San Remo, Italy to win the first prize of £391, 932 as well as a watch worth more than £4, 000 in a hard-fought tournament which lasted more than a week. At one point Victoria was in eight place at the final table, but gradually whittled down our opponents to take the first place.

Victoria  is now estimated to have won around £1.4 million ($2.1 million)  in prize money from her undoubted poker skills, although lagging well behind Vanessa Selbst  a Jewish-American professional poker player who is rated as being top-earning female tournament player of all time, having brought in excess of  $9 million in prize money

Ms. Coren Mitchell, who is married to well-known UK comedian David Mitchell, not only became  the first poker player  to have  won the European Poker Tour Tournament twice , but still hold the distinction of being its first and only female winner, a feat she achieved  in 2006.

According to poker media, Victoria’s victory places her high up on the current list of the world’s leading female players, as well as being  one of the  all-time top 10 female poker players in history

Launched by PokerStars 10 years ago, the European Poker Tour is now a major event in the international poker calendar alongside the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour.

 In a short statement which appeared on the Poker Stars website Ms. Coren Mitchell was quoted as stating that she had long since lost track  of what her proper profession is – “either  a professional writer who plays poker as a hobby – or a professional poker player who writes as a hobby?”

Victoria Coren was born in North London to a family with considerable journalistic interests, with her late father being the well-known journalist Alan Coren. At the just 14, Vicky showed that she had a gift for writing by winning a competition in the Daily Telegraph, from where she was signed up to write a column about life as a teenager in the United Kingdom, which continued for a number of years. She also recalls that round about that time she first began to learn to play poker thanks to her  older brother Giles, also also a journalist as well as being a more than competent  player.

Victoria began to gain recognition has a poker player, increasingly appearing on a number of televised tournaments in the UK with her undoubted breakthrough coming in  2006 when she won her first European Poker Championship, with that year’s tournament being staged in London, and saw her  take-home a check valued at £940, 000 ($1.5 million).

When she is not  taking part in televised tournaments or appearing on quiz shows, Vicky keeps her writing skills up-to-date, having also the number of plays and novels as well as her autobiography, aptly titled “For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker.”

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