|PokerStars.com European Tour London event has been won by journalist Vicky Coren.|
As well as claiming the prestigious title in the four-day tournament she also wins a cool £500,000 and a seat at the tour's grand final in Monte Carlo in March.
The excitement in the event culminated in a dramatic final table in Vicky's home casino as she beat off competition from 398 other entrants to become the first woman to win a major European title.
Vicky outlasted some phenomenal competition including world-class players such as 2005 World Champion Team player Joe Hachem, US stars Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen and Barry Greenstein, as well as the two previous winners of the event: John Shipley and Mark Teltscher.
The final heads-up battle against Australian Emad Tahtouh lasted just two hands. Emad, 25, from Melbourne, who has enjoyed a run of recent tournament successes including a $70,000 win at a WSOP circuit event this July, came to London with his best friend Joe Hachem, the 2005 World Champion.
Vicky, 34, the daughter of humorist Alan Coren, is a regular poker pundit and writes a column for the Guardian newspaper. She gained fame as a regular on Channel 4’s Late Night Poker show and recently presented the popular BBC series Balderdash & Piffle.
She said, 'I am so happy and proud to win this tournament in the Victoria casino. The whole EPT is an amazing thing – it’s a fantasy to win any EPT event - but to win in London at the Vic is beyond my wildest dreams.'
The EPT London tournament was the second event in Season 3 with a total prize pool of £1,393,000. The next EPT event is in Baden, Austria (October 7-10, 2006), followed by tournaments in Dublin, Copenhagen & Deauville. The tour will culminate with the Monte Carlo Grand Final starting on March 28, 2007.