Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #27 Sam Trickett
I made 3 trips to Las Vegas for the 2010 World Series of Poker this year and during one of my visits, I vividly remember one player sticking out to me that just flat out surprised me. On my second trip to the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino late in the month of June, I wandered into the Amazon room that weekend where I found a special player in Event #45. The $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event had played down to around 75 players or so, and there was a British player with a thick accent that made some eye popping plays that kept sending pots his direction. His name was Sam Trickett.
I’d never heard of Sam before this. In fact, I’d run into a friend of mine in Alex Outhred who was also still in the event, and had a nice chip stack of his own that he was wielding. I asked Alex who Sam Trickett was, and he said that he was “some new kid that had a big score earlier in the series.” After watching him operate at the tables, it became clear to me that Trickett was just simply better than most of the players that I saw at the series.
I went over to the Hendon Mob database to look up his career statistics and wasn’t all that surprised that he didn’t have eye popping stats. It made a lot more sense why I was unfamiliar with him when I saw that virtually all of Trickett’s cashes were in events held in the U.K. Ironically, his biggest live score came in one of his two career cashes outside of England where Trickett booked a 4th place finish at a $5k buy in event during the 2008 WSOP and won $245k. Sam followed up the WSOP that year by heading back to his native England where he’d win the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour – Leg 6 for another $215k score. While winning almost half a million in a year is certainly a great achievement, it’s not exactly the stuff that stars are made of. But for those who played with him in those events that year, they had to know that this was just the beginning of a great career in the making.
Two years later, the 2010 World Series of Poker became a break out series for the British Phenom, and a destination where Trickett would explode onto the poker scene internationally. Trickett would cash a total of 6 times at the WSOP, including a runner up at the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event #17 for $505,725, and 3 other small cashes at the series by the time that I’d returned to Las Vegas.
Despite everything that had happened in Trickett’s career to that point, I had still managed to not take note of Sam to that point. But he immediately grabbed my attention in the event that I first saw him play live. Sam just made some moves that had other players at his table completely baffled en route to picking up a very large stack in the event. Unfortunately a bad beat would cause Sam to finish in 17th when he tangled with a player who barely had him covered. The two stacks were the biggest in the tournament at the time and the money went in on the flop with Trickett’s middle set of Queens way ahead of his opponent who held two pair (Kings-up). But the turn of a King gave his opponent Kings Full, and Trickett wouldn’t catch his 1-out Queen on the river and was eliminated adding another $25k score to his rapidly inflating WSOP total. As soon as he left the tournament, I had a feeling that this guy had more huge scores written all over him.
Trickett didn’t disappoint as he’d ride his great wave in the $25,000 Buy-in 6-max event, finishing in 7th place for $141,168, which marked his 2nd 6-figure score at the 2010 WSOP. All told, Trickett’s 6 cashes were good for a total of almost $700,000, a prize total that had to make any player happy.
When the Series ended, Trickett headed back across the pond to the European Poker Tour stop at Vilamoura where Trickett would play among field of 384 players in the €5,000 Main Event. Sam finished in 4th place booking another score of €139,681. He’d then follow that performance up with his first win of the year, taking 1st place at the $10,000 Party Poker World Open VI for a cool $200,000. The year was Trickett’s best yet as he finished with more than $1 million in earnings on the year. Shortly after the win, Trickett was recognized at the “British Poker Awards” where he was honored with the award as “The Best Newcomer” in 2010.
Only 24 years old, Trickett has quickly made a name for himself in live tournaments and in some of the high stakes cash games around the world. And I believe that 2010 was just a precursor to the amazing scores that we’ll see him have in the years to come.