Victoria Coren-Mitchell triumphed at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Sanremo Main Event on Sunday, April 20, 2014, taking home a prize of €476,100. In addition to scoring that very lucrative payday, the 41-year-old Briton also made poker history by becoming the first person ever to win two EPT trophies. In 2006, Coren-Mitchell had won the EPT London Main Event, becoming the first female champion of the prestigious poker tour.
The Sanremo Main Event saw 556 competitors cough up the €4,900 buyin to enter the tournament. It began on Sunday, April 14, and by the last day of play, the initial field was reduced to a final table of eight players.
Victoria was one of those lucky eight, but it appeared that her tournament adventure might soon come to an end as she had the shortest stack among the remaining players. However, she doubled up with pocket kings and then made a few well-timed bluffs to substantially increase the number of chips she held.
Eventually, Coren-Mitchell got heads-up against GiocamoFundaro of Italy. Victoria started with almost a 3-to-1 chip lead over Fundaro, and the match did not take long to conclude. In the final hand, both players got all their chips in the middle on a board of J♦7♠Q♣T♠. Coren-Mitchell held the Q♠J♣ for top two pair while GiocamoFundaro had A♣A♠ for just a single pair of aces. The 4♠ on the river did not change anything, and Victoria Coren-Mitchell won the tournament.
About Victoria Coren-Mitchell
With more than $2 million in live poker tournament earnings, Victoria is one of the all-time winningest female UK poker players. Perhaps more importantly, she is very active in endeavors outside of poker. Coren-Mitchell hosts the television quiz show “Only Connect” on BBC Four, and she is a frequent contributor to The Observer and The Guardian newspapers. As such, many industry observers believe that her latest win may serve to promote the game of poker among a lay audience throughout Great Britain.