The PokerStars.it European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event finished with a big bang and the winner may still be feeling the aftershock of not only winning the event, but also becoming the first player to become a two-time EPT champion! Congratulations are in order on both counts for Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren-Mitchell!
Coren-Mitchell started the final table with the shortest stack and managed to climb up in chip levels to become the last one standing. She won the 16th-ever EPT in London in Season 3, and the 98th EPT to become the first player to win two EPT Main Event titles.
|1||Vicky Coren-Mitchell||United Kingdom||€476,100|
|3||Jordan Westmorland||United States||€213,850|
Eight players started the final table at noon and it took 10 hours to find the winner.
Poker always has a way of making the strange and weird part of the norm and Giacomo Fundaro's managed to do just that by being absent for 20 minutes. He apparently missed the memo that there would be no break after the 26th level since play stopped on Day 5 during that level and they would go right into the next level. Fundaro took a break, everyone else played on.
Then Westmorland min-raised to 100,000 to open with and Pariset called with in position. Andrea Benelli put the heat on to 325,000 from the big blind with the . Westmorland folded, and Pariset called. The flop came and Pariset announced all-in out of turn. It was Benelli who was first to act, but he checked to make Pariset's action stand and then called. Pariset busted seconds later after missing a turned flush draw. His eighth-place finish gave him €53,100.
Andrija Martic was sent to the cashiers cage next, followed by Bruno Stefanelli who lost with A-J against Westmoreland's jacks. Fifth-place was reserved for Andreas Goeller who took home €130,750 for his finish.
Coren-Mitchell was holding on. She made a few nice moves — pushing in the right spots along with well-timed steals and others — and went from short-stack to big-stack when she doubled through Westmorland's ace-queen with ace-king. The Team PokerStars Pro knew how to handle a big stack as well as playing short...and proved it.
Benelli went through a run of frustration and found himself short chips and all-in with king-ten — Fundaro made the call with queen-ten and made two pair.
Coren-Mitchell was still the short stack when it hit three-handed play. As play went on and Fundaro and Westmorland exchanged the chip lead, Coren-Mitchell moved into second spot when she flopped trips in a limped pot. Fundano dropped a notch.
After Westmorland raised it with the and Coren-Mitchell reraised from the big blind with the . The two saw a flop of and Coren-Mitchell checked. Westmorland bet 550,000 and Coren Mitchell check raised to 1,200,000. Westmorland made the call. The turn brought the and the action was checked by players checked. The river found Coren-Mitchell betting 1,500,000 and Westmorland shoving all-in. Coren Mitchell thought about it and called to win the pot.
Westmorland was left with eight blinds. He called all-in with queen-six suited against Coren-Mitchell's ace-three. A six hit the turn, but the river brought an ace and Westmorland had to settle for third place.
Coren-Mitchell was in the perfect spot to make history. Heads up for the title, a €476,100 first prize dead in her sights, and the opportunity to become the first-ever two-time EPT champion — she could write her own slice of poker history.
The last hand played out with Coren-Mitchell raising it to 260,000 on the button with the . Fundaro flatted with . The flop rolled off with two pair for Coren-Mitchell. Fundaro checked, Coren-Mitchell bet 350,000. Fundaro check-raised to 825,000 and Coren-Mitchell called. The turn came the and Fundaro checked. Fundaro checked and pushed all in over Coren-Mitchell's bet of 1,000,000. Coren-Mitchell called.
Coren-Mitchell needed a blank on the river, a card that WASN'T aces, kings, tens, or sevens. The on the river sent Coren-Mitchell off to hug her opponent.
Ladies and gentlemen, the first two-time EPT champion... Victoria Coren-Mitchell! Her victory found her claiming a first-place prize of €476,100 and an incredible watch worth more than €5,000 from luxury Swiss brand SLYDE, the official watch sponsor for the EPT Season 10 main and high roller events, and outlasting a field of 556 runners in Italy's Sanremo.