Vicky Coren Wins EPT Sanremo Main Event For $660kApril 21, 2014 1:32 pm
UK poker pro Victoria Coren Mitchell has won the EPT San Remo Main Event, after overcoming a field of 556 players over six days on her way to lifting the title, and collecting the huge €476,100 ($660,947) first place prize.
In so doing, the Team PokerStars Pro not only boosts her live career earnings to $2,406,126, but she also becomes the European Poker Tour’s first-ever two-time champion. Vicky Coren won her first EPT title back in 2006 at the £3,500 EPT London for £500,000 ($941,513), and now commenting on her latest impressive feat, Vicky, said:
“I’m a natural pessimist. I never expect to win. My policy has always been to be happy with a profit and – most importantly – to enjoy myself. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but I’m incredibly grateful that so many people have got behind this.”
The €4,900 Sanremo Main Event took place in north-western Italy, and attracted a good-sized field to create a prize pool worth €2,480,872. Amongst the notable players cashing in at the event was Roberto Romanello in 64th (€9,180), Johnny Lodden in 61st (€9,180), Dominik Nitsche in 46th (€10,170), Olivier Busquet in 27th (€15,130), and Michael Tureniec in 26th (€15,130).
By the time the final table of eight had been reached Vicky Coren was the short-stack at the table and was still the lowest chip count when just three remained. Coren (A-10) then doubled up against USA’s Jordan Westmorland (Q-10) on a 10-10-2-x-x- board before eliminating the American pro soon after to usher in the heads-up phase of the competition against Italy’s Giacomo Fundaro.
Coren Mitchell entered the final battle with a 3-to-1 chip lead over Fundaro, and a few hands later it was all over after Coren (Q-J) flopped two pair on a Q-J-7-10-4 board against the Italian’s pocket aces. Fundaro then had to be satisfied with a runner-up finish worth €298,700 ($412,684), while Victoria Coren Mitchell took the title and entered the EPT history books.
“People in poker know it’s about showing a profit. The minute I won €8,000 it was a good trip. But tens of thousands of people (on Twitter) got behind me. I thought I’d be happy with sixth, but also thought they’d be disappointed,” explained Vicky.
Final Table Results:
1 Vicky Coren-Mitchell (UK) €476,100
2 Giacomo Fundaro (Italy) €298,700
3 Jordan Westmorland (US) €213,850
4 Andrea Benelli (Italy) €166,700
5 Andreas Goeller (Italy) €130,750
6 Bruno Stefanelli (Italy) €102,700
7 Andrija Martic (Croatia) €76,650
8 Emmanuel Pariset (France) €53,100