December 5, 2021

Only Connect: Is Victoria Coren Mitchell a Poker Player?

Victoria Coren Mitchell is a poker expert (Photo: BBC)

Only Connect has become a staple of Monday night schedules, with the Incredibly complicated game show proving so popular that it even recently overtook EastEnders in the ratings.

The program sees teams trying to work out the connections between words, images and pieces of music over a series of rounds – all chaired by Victoria Coren Mitchell.

Aside from being the host of the show, Victoria is also known as a journalist and writer, but she’s also a bit of a talent when it comes to the world of poker.

Is the Only Connect singer a true professional gamer – and how much money has she made?

Victoria Coren Mitchell is she a poker player?

Victoria Coren Mitchell is indeed known for her talents as a poker player, having become the first woman to win an event on the European Poker Tour – a tournament similar to the World Poker Tour – which began in 2004.

The 49-year-old won her first Tour victory in 2006 – simultaneously becoming the first player to win a televised professional tournament – as well as the first to win two events at the EPT, triumphing in Sanremo, Italy, in 2014.

She also holds the record of being the first winner of professional and celebrity television tournaments after being crowned Celebrity Poker Club champion in 2005, returning to the show as a commentator in 2006.

Victoria Coren plays poker
Victoria has won millions and won league titles (Photo: Getty Images)

Victoria has also featured a number of poker-themed shows on television, including Channel 4’s Late Night Poker and The Poker Nation’s Cup, as well as coverage of the World Poker Tour on ITV2.

Other shows she has been on include Sky Sports’ coverage of the William Hill Poker Grand Prix 2 on Sky Sports and Channel 5’s own program Ultimate Poker Challenge.

She also became friends with The Hendon Mob – a group of professional players who became famous on Late Night Poker – whose numbers also include actor Ross Boatman, who currently plays Harvey Monroe in EastEnders, and his brother Barny.

How much money did Victoria Coren Mitchell make playing poker?

According to in the Global Poker Index, As of 2021, Victoria has reportedly earned around $ 2.5million (£ 1.8million).

This makes her the 14th highest paid live poker player of all time.

She was also inducted into the Women In Poker Hall Of Fame in 2016.

Although she doesn’t play as often as before, Victoria continues to tweet about games from time to time.

In February 2020, she told her subscribers: “I’m playing a poker tournament! I know, it’s retro. It is 4.30 p.m. In the last hour alone, I ate a bowl of noodles, a plate of cheese and cookies, and a tuna sandwich. And they just called the dinner break.

Only Connect is on BBC Two Monday evenings at 8 p.m.

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