On March 25th 2015 the 14th edition of the European Poker Awards will be held at Portomaso Marina Hilton Hotel, St. Julians, Malta. Featured awards – 13 overall – include GPI player of the year, GPI female player of the year, rising star, best tournament performance, event of the year, media person of the year, best poker innovation and many more.
PokerWomenNews has a seat in the awards’ nomination panel and leading up to the award ceremony we will take a look at and discuss some of the categories from a female perspective – today Tournament Performance of the Year:
”Awarded to the European player judged to have had the single best tournament performance on the worldwide live circuit during the 2014 poker season.”
Even though we can nominate two players, this category belongs to one player, and one player only: Victoria Coren. On Easter Sunday April 20th last year Coren took down the EPT San Remo Main Event and became the first two-time EPT champion. When the European Poker Tour was launched 10 seasons ago, nobody could have imagined that it would actually take 98 Main Events before a double champion was crowned. Coren finally sealed the deal, eight years after she won her first EPT Main Event in London. And let’s not forget, that Coren was not only the first player to win two EPT titles, she was also the first woman to win an EPT Championship back in 2006. Vicky Coren is certainly no stranger to writing history!
Coren won the glory, the trophy and the €476,100 ($660,947) first prize in San Remo after beating Giacomo Fundaro heads-up – and in spite of the fact that she entered the final table as the short stack. On her way to victory she faced strong opponents like Spain’s Raul Mestre and American pro Jordan Westmorland. But Coren’s long experience as a live player gave her an advantage. Her timing, her ability to read the other players and to pick the right spots were the main factors behind her win. Not to forget the luck and run-good you also need to have on your side to win a big tournament.
The fact that Coren has one foot in mainstream popular culture as a TV-host and writer and another in the poker world made her an extremely popular winner. Thousands of people sweated her on the live stream from the final table and on Twitter. Many of them most likely had not watched a poker tournament in their lives before. An achievement in its own right.
Victoria Coren was a member of Team PokerStars pro from 2007 and until November last year, where she left the world’s largest online site due to the introduction of casino games. Fortunately Coren has not left poker, and we look forward to follow the always entertaining and sympathetic Coren on the felt in the years to come.
Photo: Victoria Coren, European Poker Tour San Remo.