– General Information –
Sam Trickett is a British professional poker player. He was born on July 2nd, 1986 in East Retford, England. He used to lead the British all time money list on Hendon until being taken over by Stephen Chidwick in early 2019.
Trickett took 2nd place in one of the biggest tournaments in poker history, the 2012 WSOP Big One of One Drop with a $1,000,000 buy-in. He won $10.112 million.
He’s also known for the super high stakes PLO cash games partypoker puts on for promotion which bear his name – they’re called “Trickett”s Room”. For a while, that was also the name of the highest stakes cash tables on partypoker.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2005: He starts playing poker regularly after an injury forces him to end his career as a professional football player.
- 2008: He wins the £1,000 Main Event at the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour in Luton.
- 2012: He comes in 2nd in the WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $10.112 million. That is his biggest live tournament cash to date.
- 2017: Partypoker launches its super high stakes promotional PLO cash game streams called “Trickett’s Room”.
– Sam Trickett’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Trickett talked about his early life in a profile piece for pokernews.com.
In it, he talks about how as a young schoolboy, he was obsessed with sports. He was planning on becoming a professional footballer in England.
“Football was the first thing I ever loved that I found for myself and I was obsessed with it. I went to school to look forward to the breaks to play football. (…) I played in the basketball, cricket, football and tennis teams. In my mind, school work didn’t matter, because I was going to be a footballer.”
However, at the age of 17, disaster struck – he tore his ACL. His doctor recommended he didn’t go for the reconstruction surgery, rather he gave up football. Trickett listened.
Initially, he poured all his passion into pool while working as a gas engineer. During a pool tournament, one of the other players recommended that he should try poker – he fell in love with the game instantly. He started playing online Sit&Go’s on partypoker. He was a winning player right from the get-go.
→ Live Tournaments ←
His earliest cash is actually a tournament victory – he won a £100 event at the Great British Tour in Nottingham in 2007 for £3,610. He’s spent the rest of his inaugural year on the live poker scene racking up scores from small buy-in events in Britain.
His big break in his homeland came the next year, in August 2008 when he won the £1,000 Main Event at the Luton stop of Britain’s biggest poker series, the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour. He earned no less than £109,500 ($215,178) along with the title.
With his success on both the live and the virtual felt, he was able to travel around the world to play the biggest poker tournaments anywhere. He has cashed in European Poker Tour, partypoker Caribbean Poker Party and Macau Super High Roller events as well.
The Aussie Millions has been especially lucrative for him. In 2011, he finished in 2nd and 1st place in the A$250,000 Super High Roller and in the A$100K events, respectively. He got $1,384,631 for his runner-up finish and $1,508,258 for his victory.
In 2013 at the Australian poker festival, he triumphed once again, this time in the A$250,000 Challenge for $2,111,397.
Just about to start the £1,000,000 poker event. Makes my willy tingle a little bit 😁 . Me and @rob_yong_ are flying to flag for @DTD_Cardroom and England 🏴 and @partypoker . #TritonLondon2019 🤞 pic.twitter.com/3wisOX7dHB
— Sam Trickett (@Samtrickett1) August 1, 2019
→ World Series of Poker ←
Trickett’s biggest live tournament score to date is from the 2012 WSOP. He finishes second in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event for $10.112 million. That tournament is famous for the fact that its winner, Antonio Esfandiari won more than anyone in any other tournaments before, a record breaking $18,346,673.
Overall, Sam Trickett has cashed in 14 World Series events total for a combined $11.359 million. He has won no bracelets yet.
Aside from his biggest live tournament cash, the first 6-figure cash of his career is also from the WSOP. In 2008, he came in 4th place in the $5K No Limit Hold’em event for $245,927. Two years later, he took 2nd place in the same event, winning $505,725 that time.
— Sam Trickett (@Samtrickett1) July 7, 2019
→ Live Cash Games ←
Sam Trickett regularly plays super high stakes cash game sessions on stream, both Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em. They are usually sponsored by partypoker.
In April 2018, he played PLO with $1,000/$2,000 (!) blinds. Trickett was up against Czech casino owner Leon Tsoukernik, British casino owner Rob Yong and Yair “the Wolf” Bitoun – however, that game was still most memorable for the insane downswing of “Aussie” Matt Kirk. Kirk lost over $3.5 million during the session.
In season 5 of Poker Night in America, a popular poker TV show that airs on CBS Sports, Trickett played $100/$200 NL Hold’em at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada. At that table, he was faced with none other than Antonio Esfandiari – that man who beat him heads-up for the biggest first prize in poker history.
Evidently, playing stakes that high comes with a lot of ups and downs. In 2018, he talked to the British tabloid paper Daily Paper about the huge sums of money exchanging hands at the poker games he plays.
“The most I’ve won in a day is about £7.6 million/$9.9 million. I’ve lost £1 million/$1.3 million in a day a few times. If I thought I was going to lose more than that I’d feel uneasy. So, when that happens I tend to quit so I don’t lose more” – said the British poker pro.
→ Online Poker ←
As we mentioned earlier, Trickett was playing online Sit&Go’s at the very start of his poker career. Then, he moved on to cash games.
That transition, however, wasn’t totally smooth. He had some surplus from an investment a friend of his gave him to start a plumbing business. He took that £3,000 and put it on online poker, playing £25/£50. He ran his £3,000 up to £20,000, paid off his friend’s investment – then lost the rest of his bankroll. He had to rebuild from scratch.
On PokerStars, he played under the screen name “tr1cky7”. HighstakesDB has 94,614 of high stakes cash game hands tracked on that account. In that sample, he’s down about $70,000. His most common game was PLO. These tracked hands were played between May 2011 and March 2018.
On partypoker, he has taken part in multiple live streamed $100/$200 PLO cash game sessions. These streams usually receive a lot of attention in the online poker community as they feature some of poker’s biggest stars – such as Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Patrik Antonius or Leon Tsoukernik.
→ Sponsorships ←
Sam Trickett was signed by partypoker to be an ambassador to the brand in 2016. On their site, he plays under the screen name “SamTrickett”.
He’s one of the most visible representatives of the online room. For a while, the highest stakes cash tables in the poker client were named “Trickett’s Room”.
– Sam Trickett on Social Media –
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samtrickett7/10,800 followers Twitter: https://twitter.com/samtrickett1 54,300 followers