UK poker player Victoria Coren-Mitchell dumps Team PokerStars Pro
UK TV celebrity turned poker pro Victoria Coren-Mitchell has left Team PokerStars Pro due to PokerStars.com introducing online casino games to their website. Coren-Mitchell, who has amassed nearly $2million in casino winnings in her poker career made history earlier this year as the first player to ever win two European Poker Tour titles."I can’t hang around, sleep on it, have meetings and talk myself into staying, when my gut tells me that the right thing is to walk away,” Coren-Mitchell wrote. on her blog “This is no criticism of PokerStars itself: business is business, they are providing a new service that people want, and I know they intend to abide by some key principles of responsible gaming. It’s not anti-casino either; I spend a lot of time in casinos, and I have been known to indulge in live table gaming.”
Coren-Mitchell has been a familiar face on UK TV for over a decade. She is the daughter of the late broadcaster and journalist Alan Coren, and is married to UK comedian David Mitchell, star of Peep Show and Channel 4's Ten O'Clock Show. Coren-Mitchell is currently the most well-known poker player in the UK, and presenter of BBC2's cerebral quiz show Only Connect.
"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," explained Coren-Mitchell, who had been with Team Poker Stars since 2007.
Eric Hollreiser, head of Corporate Communications at Poker Stars, said "we respect Victoria Coren’s decision to leave Team PokerStars Pro following our recent announcement to add casino games. We’re sad to see Vicky go and remain thankful for her support of the game and the company and wish her success in poker and in life."