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Poker Prodigies Series – Sam Trickett

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Sam Trickett

This Poker Prodigy Series instalment looks at one of the game’s recent high rollers: Sam Trickett from England. 

From Rags to Riches

The story of Sam Trickett is one that resonates with poker players around the world, having started out with a very small bank roll and simple roots, with a journey that took him to the biggest poker games in the world both tournaments and cash.

Sam started his journey with online poker, with $10 Sit’n’Go’s and went right to the top.

I can remember Sam personally, having crossed swords with him at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Room in Nottingham, England on several occasions when he began playing poker. Dusk Till Dawn was the first recognized poker-only room of its time in England when it opened back in 2005 and many enthusiasts made the club the mecca of poker, whether tournaments or cash games. I live only 75 miles away and became a regular player with Sam just after the club’s opening, and at the time Sam was an apprentice plumber earning under £100 a week.

There were daily and weekly tournaments and Sam was a natural in them from the start quickly realizing when he said, “The week after I played again and made the final, I realized that I’d improved from the first time I played. The second time I played, it was starting to get more obvious what the right decisions were.”

2008 Was Trickett’s Breakthrough Year

By 2008, Trickett had pocketed the United Kingdom Poker Tour’s premier tournament, the UKIPT Main Event for $215,178 and then traveled to the World Series of Poker for the first time. That first foray into the big league was a success for Trickett, cashing on six occasions with his first World Series of Poker cash when placing 4th in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, taking home more than $240,000.

Despite six WSOP final tables in his career, Trickett is yet to win a bracelet, but his runner-up finish in the One Drop 2012 netted him just over $10 million.

Success in Australia

Trickett became a regular visitor “down under” at the start of each year to the Aussie Millions and much of his success has been achieved in those events, winning the $100,000 high roller and runner-up in their Super High Roller $250,000 buy-in event.

Trickett’s other big seven-figure score was in France, at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes in 2011.

Taking a Break

As you can tell from our Poker Prodigy Series, being a successful live poker professional, despite seemingly being glamourous, is a tough grind, and Trickett took the difficult decision a couple of years ago to take a break from the game and enjoy his newfound fatherhood, as described in his X (formerly Twitter) post below:

Trickett’s Poker Career Has Been the Stuff of Dreams

Wind the clock forward nearly twenty action-packed years and Trickett had amassed over $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, let alone the prodigious amounts he has won in the highest level of cash games. The journey took him around the globe from humble beginnings in Nottingham to Las Vegas and the biggest cash games in Macau.

It is rumored that his live cash game earnings dwarf his $20,000,000 tournament earnings into insignificance, let alone his sponsorships, which have also been lucrative.

Sam’s story is one that resonates with most poker players, having started out in $10 Sit’n’Go’s and then moving on to live poker games at his local club.

Taking a break with fatherhood a couple of years ago is a prudent idea for the Englishman who could be excused for feeling a little burnt out from his tough schedule of global travel and marathon poker sessions. My contacts tell me that he has been seen back inside the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club on a few occasions and they expect him to return to the poker table sometime in the future. At thirty-seven-years-old, Trickett is still very young in poker terms and it is entirely plausible that his best days may still be ahead of him.

We wish him well on his break from the game with his wife Mieke and their son while looking forward to his return to the top of poker.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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