There are a couple of reportable events in the poker tournament news this week and one of them obviously concerns our own major poker tournament namely the Irish poker open which finished on the 21st of last month. The winner was for a change an Irishman by the name of Patrick Clarke from Louth. According to the poker tournament news articles Clarke had more than a little luck on the way with superior pairs holding sway and opponents flush draws not coming off but nevertheless he is €250,000 richer. Second place and €130,500 went to Dave Pollock and third to Liam Chevalier. Clarke qualified for the event through a €4 entry satellite tournament which just goes to show that any online poker player can do it. Perhaps even more surprising but also in the poker tournament news is the fact that TV presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell became the two time first winner of the European poker tour when she scooped first prize in San Remo in Italy and pocketed nearly £400,000 bringing her total winnings to over £1.4 million (€1.7 million). More importantly the victory according to some poker tournament news reports brings her into the top 10 female poker players in the world. onlinepoker.ie has frequently suggested that there is absolutely no reason why female poker players cannot match their male counterparts and this proves the point. Coren Mitchell is married to British comedian David Mitchell and they live in London and is probably better known in the UK than here in Ireland as she presents a quiz show on the UKs BBC4 as well as writing for UK newspapers, The Guardian and The Observer. Mrs Mitchell started playing poker as a teenager and became a member of Team PokerStars Pro before winning her first European Tournament in 2006 and marrying in 2012.