Posts Tagged ‘Victoria Coren’

Victoria Coren quits PokerStars – She loves Poker, not Casino Games

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

victoria-coren-pokerstarsWhile PokerStars continues their expansion into casino gaming and sports betting, Victoria Coren won’t be sticking around to see the results. The English poker pro/writer/TV personality announced her resignation from Team PokerStars through her personal blog.

As Coren explains, the announcement that PokerStars will be doing a mass launch of online casino games came “very sudden.” While writing that she isn’t against casino games, the two-time EPT champion doesn’t like the thought of promoting a company that offers them either. Here’s one excerpt from Coren’s blog that really explains her mindset on Stars’ new direction:

But I cannot professionally and publicly endorse it, even passively by silence with my name still over the shop. Poker is the game I love, poker is what I signed up to promote. The question I’m probably asked most often in interviews is about the danger of addiction, going skint and so on. I’m always careful to explain the difference between the essentially fair nature of poker, where we all take each other on with the same basic chance, and those casino games at unfavourable odds which can be (especially online) so dangerous for the vulnerable or desperate.

Unlike many of their sponsored players, which PokerStars treats with a grain of salt these days, it seems like they truly valued what Coren brought to the table. After all, she’s a very successful writer and TV show host. And from the looks of what Coren wrote, it seems as though Stars made a pretty good pitch to keep her on Team PokerStars.

However, the Brit is pretty adamant that she doesn’t want to be associated with the promotion of online casino games. Coren didn’t rule out a possible return to Stars, citing that she will watch from the sidelines and maybe work on “something which is pure poker.” But she seems dead-set on avoiding sponsorships with any casino gambling-related companies, which is what Stars is moving closer towards becoming.

Victoria Coren and David Mitchell Engagement

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

There was a bit of joyous poker news earlier today as female pro Victoria Coren and comedian David Mitchell announced their engagement. This might come as a surprise to many people within the poker community because the Brits have kept their relationship really quiet. However, they figured that now was the perfect time to unveil their romance to the public as Mitchell put the following announcement in a British newspaper:

MR D.J.S. MITCHELL AND MISS V.E. COREN. The engagement is announced between David, son of Mr and Mrs Ian Mitchell, of Oxford, and Victoria, daughter of Dr Anne Coren and the late Mr Alan Coren, of London.

Mitchell is getting quite a catch with Victoria Coren since the PokerStars pro is 12th all-time among women with $1,476,668 in live poker tournament winnings. She first became known to the poker public after appearing on TV’s Late Night Poker in 1999. The 38-year-old gained more fame after winning the 2006 EPT European Poker Championships title and $941,513.

Away from the poker tables, Coren writes for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, and has even reviewed porn movies for British papers. But perhaps her most notable achievement includes hosting the TV quiz show Only Connect, which has been running since 2008.

As for her hubby-to-be, David Mitchell is best know for his long-running role on the sitcom The Peep Show, which has been on air since 2003. Based on his The Peep Show performance in 2009, Mitchell actually won the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. The 37-year-old has also been on a lot of different quiz show panels, and he met Victoria Coren when they were on The Bubble in 2010. Apparently, this is when their romance sparked up – although they kept things quiet at this stage.