Victoria Coren Mitchell, the noted 41-year-old TV presenter, has emerged as the first poker player in the history of the game to win the European Poker Tour (EPT) twice. Her latest victory has pulled up her total poker winnings to £1.43 million.
On Sunday, Victoria grabbed the title of the tournament, which was being played at Sanremo in Italy. Although she was in the eighth place, she succeeded in clambering over to the first place and won the large first-place prize of £391,932 along with a watch worth over £4,000. She is now well on her way to becoming among the top female poker players in the world and has already achieved a place among the top 10 female poker players.
A few hours after her victory, Coren Mitchell posted a tweet: “I WON! I bloody WON!” However, she quickly 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 even admitted to have consumed alcohol as she beat a field of more than 555 players throughout the EPT, which lasted for a week. She said on Twitter: “I wish my own hangover was down to drinking after the tournament. Rather than during.”
Coren Mitchell hosts Only Connect, a quiz show on BBC4, and writes for The Observer and The Guardian.
She learned how to play poker during her teenage days in order to get along with her brother’s friends. Later, she became a Team PokerStars Pro member before becoming a famous female poker player in 2007 when she became the first woman to win the EPT. When she won it for the second time, she admitted to feeling “a sense of vague bafflement and joy.” She also expressed hopes that her success will inspire many others to start playing poker.
She told The Guardian, “The big thing for me is trying to fly the flag for people who are playing poker primarily for fun and have another job. I want those people to feel they have a chance at winning.” Talking about the game, she said that “it is an incredibly inclusive game,” suitable for people of all age groups and from all walks of life. She especially said that she wants more and more women to start playing poker, which she says is a “strange game” in which other players are simultaneously friends and enemies.