Infographic: The evolution of Vicky's poker story
By now, most poker fans and players know that Victoria Coren-Mitchell recently made poker history. She became the first ever two-time European Poker Tour champion with her €476,100 win in Sanremo, Italy.
To understand the importance of it all, it's key to look at the bigger picture.
Every poker player has a journey, though most start by chance. Vicky's is a somewhat unique one. It started with a desire to meet boys and then to beat them in her small home game, and it has evolved into a simpler yet broader goal of being the best poker player she can be.
No matter how a person comes to be familiar with poker, there is usually a common theme that drives players to continue to play: competitiveness.
Everyone has the desire to be the best at what they do. Poker drives that competitive spirit, and the skill element allows everyone to improve their skills and play better each time they get into a game. Vick's story epitomizes that journey, which is why so many poker players relate to her and identify with her drive, her passion, and ultimately, the joy of winning.
Today, it's much easier for new players in the game than in years past. They can learn for free through PokerStars' new play-money site, not only getting a good feel for the game but learning basic strategies. The PokerStars Poker School also offers invaluable lessons at no cost. Players can learn from their desktop computers, laptops, or mobile devices, allowing the game to fit into anyone's daily schedule.
Are you ready to begin your own poker journey?
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.