The buy-in for the Main Event was lowered to £3,500 in Season 3, which helped boost attendance as 398 players took to the felt and created a prize pool of £1,393,000. The event attracted some heavy hitters in the poker world including Shannon Shorr (21st - £6,000), Neil Channing (13th - £10,000) and Chad Brown (5th - £58,600), but after three days of intense action it was the lovely Victoria Coren that walked away with the title and £500,000 first-place prize. She also became the first female to win an EPT title.
The London-based Coren was actually fairly well known on the UK circuit. At the age of 15 she won a competition to write a weekly newspaper column, something she continues to this day as author of a poker column in The Guardian. She also appeared on Late Night Poker, which was the first TV show to reveal the hole cards of players.
Since her big win, Coren has continued to travel the poker circuit as a Team PokerStars Pro. In April 2012, Coren added a second EPT title to her résumé by winning the €5,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em at the Grand Final for €58,900. Most recently, she finished sixth in the £10,000 High Roller at the EPT/UKIPT London for £67,130 back in March.
Coren is in action today and looking to become the first two-time EPT Main Event champion.