Have you ever wondered how your life could have panned out had a certain event, or events, not occurred, or you had taken a different path? The sliding doors effect if you will.
Sam Trickett, another poker VIP heading to Punta Cana for the Caribbean Poker Party, had dreams of becoming a professional footballer, but two cruciate ligament injuries meant for the former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United trialist’s dreams of becoming a football star were dashed.
Hopes and dreams shattered, Trickett began working as a plumber for a friend before training to become a gas fitter. It was during this time that Trickett discovered poker and quickly realised that he had a knack for the game, although he never thought he’d become one of poker’s elite, instead he saw it as a way to make money quickly.
A few four-figure tournament scores in 2007 were nothing to write home about, but in June 2008, Trickett finished fourth in a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event at the World Series of Poker for $245,927 and followed that up with a win in a £1,060 buy-in tournament in London one month later for £109,050. Trickett had arrived, or so he thought.
The following year, 2009, was far from impressive and say Trickett’s bankroll decimated. Luckily for him, a sponsor saw his obvious potential and staked him for some tournament at the 2010 WSOP where he cashed six times including a seventh place finish in a $25,000 buy-in six-max event for $141,168 and a runner-up finish in a $5,000 side event for $505,725.
Trickett went on to finish fourth in EPT Vilamoura for €139,681 and won the $10,000 partypoker World Open VI for $200,000 before 2010 ended.
Now there was no stopping Trickett. A mixture of his immense skills and a little run good saw Trickett bulldoze his opponents off the table in some of the biggest buy-in events in the world. From 2011 through to present day, some of Trickett’s most impressive results include:
- First place in a $100,500 High Roller at the 2011 Aussie Millions for $1,525,000
- Second place in a $250,000 Super High Roller at the 2011 Aussie Millions for $1,400,000
- First place in the €8,500 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in 2011 for €1,000,000
- Second place in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for $10,112,001
- Seventh place in the HK$258,000 Super High Roller in 2012 for $999,186
- First place in the $250,000 Super High Roller at the 2011 Aussie Millions for $2,000,000
- Second place in the $125,000 partypoker Premier League in 2013 for $254,000
- Fifth place in the €50,000 Super High Roller EPT Barcelona in 2014 for €288,400
In total, Trickett has won more than $20.5 million from live poker tournaments in his career, and untold millions from the biggest cash games in the world. Details of Trickett’s endeavours in places like Las Vegas and Macau are unavailable as the games are private, but you don’t get to drive around in a brand new Ferrari F458 by being a loser in those games!
Now Trickett is looking to add a win in the Caribbean to his impressive poker CV and we would not bet against him doing exactly that. If you want to play poker against Trickett and the other VIPs including our ambassadors, and the likes of Igor Kurganov, Michael Mizrachi, Daniel Cates and Marcel Luske, head to the partypoker tournament lobby and get involved in the plethora of satellites that are running.
On October 24, there are 30 x $6,000 Caribbean Poker Party packages guaranteed. In your way to the Final Phase via the $109 buy-in Phase One tournaments (which you can qualify for only $0.01), or buy in directly for $675 and see if you can win your way to the must-play poker festival of the year.