New Members of the Women’s Poker Hall of Fame
The two newest members of the esteemed Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHOF) have been announced as Victoria Coren-Mitchell and Debbie Burkhead. They are due to be inducted in a special ceremony held at the Gold Coast Casino, Las Vegas on the 6th of July.
The two women are being awarded for their contribution to live poker, and their lifetime achievements on the felt. Vicky Coren-Mitchell and Debbie ‘Does Poker’ Burkhead will head to Las Vegas, where they will be introduced into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHOF), a legion of legendary female poker players. A panel of the WiPHOF Board of Director members Lupe Soto, Karina Jett, and Suzie Lederer; the existing WiPHOF members, as well as some poker media figures have chosen the pair.
Debbie Burkhead has had a long and successful career as a writer and a poker player. She is the author of a long-running column entitled “Debbie Does Poker’ for the Poker Player newspaper. She has also worked for Ante Up Magazine, Poker Digest, and Pokerpages.com. As a player Burkhead has won close to $200,000 in live tournament earnings. including winning a ladies event at the Orleans Open for $22,890. She has cashed in at four separate World Series of Poker (WSOP) events.
Vicky Coren-Mitchell is one of the poker industry’s most decorated players. She is the only player to have triumphed in two European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Events after victories in London and San Remo. She is married to the British actor and comedian David Mitchell. Aside from poker, Coren-Mitchell has a career as an author and television broadcaster. She is the host of TV show Only Connect, occasional host of Have I Got News For You, the author of numerous books including For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair With Poker, and journalist for The Observer newspaper.
2016 was to be the first year that members of the public were to have a say in the selection process. The WiPHOF set up an online voting system but it was later scrapped after it became apparent that users could delete cookies on their machines to then vote more than once on a single IP address. Just before they removed the new voting system down from the WiPHOF website Shirley Rosario was leading the charge with 33% of votes, with the World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Mandy Glogow was second with 26%. Coren-Mitchell was last.
Also shortlisted were Karina Jett, Esther Rossi, and Jennifer Tilly. Coren-Mitchell’s induction makes her the first European player to be voted into a Poker Hall of Fame.
The two women will be receiving their awards in a special ceremony to take place in the global home of live poker, Las Vegas. WiPHOF Hall of Famer Jan Fisher will take charge of proceedings. Future WiPHOF member Maria Ho is also due to make a special guest appearance at the ceremony.
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