Victoria Coren, born in 1972, is a writer and accomplished poker player who currently resides in London, UK. Daughter to two journalists, she began writing her first real newspaper column at the age of 15, after winning a writing competition. Since then she has written a number of publications and has been a commentator/presenter/panelist on many television and radio productions.
Coren burst onto the poker scene in 2006, following her win at the EPT London European Poker Championships. She bested a field of 397 players to take home the first place prize of $941,513. This put her in the record books as the first woman to ever win a European Poker Tour event. In 2008 she was signed on as a member of Team PokerStars, joining the ranks of well-known pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso and Jonathan Duhamel. Currently, she can be found at Victoria Casino in London, where she frequents both the tournaments and cash games. As of 2010, her live tournament cashes total over $1.1 million.
While Coren is an avid and capable poker player, she sticks with her love of writing and journalism as her day job. She has authored two books so far, titled “For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker” and “Once More, With Feeling: How we tried to make the Greatest Porn Film Ever”. She also edited “Chocolate and the Cuckoo Clocks: The Essential Alan Coren”, a collection of writing by her father, Alan Coren. She has also made a number of TV and radio appearances in the United Kingdom.
Victoria Coren has an adventurous spirit and is no stranger to using her cunning skills away from the felt. In 2007, she instigated a hoax in order to catch people who turned up to memorial services for people they had never actually met, also known as “funeral crashers”. She created a fictitious person by the name of Sir William Ormerod, and then placed an ad in the mainstream British newspapers for his memorial service. In the ad she wrote that there would be a memorial service “followed by a drinks reception”. She was both delighted and repulsed that a large number of people contacted her through the ad, pretending to know the deceased. By the sounds of it, many of these people weren’t doing this for the first time. She said many contacted her in the late hours, before the printed paper was even available to the public. These people read the late night online edition as soon as it was published, then contacted the email address in the ad. They would play off the fake details of the deceased’s life, all in order to get the time and location of the service so they could get the free drinks and snacks that were provided to the mourners.
The inspiration for this scheme came about after she caught wind of a man by the name of Terence Jolley. He would routinely attend the funerals (and after services) of people he had never met, posing as a friend or acquaintance of the deceased. He did this just in order to leech the free food and drinks that were provided. It seems he was known to do this on a very regular basis, which prompted Coren to expose others just like him.
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