Sam Trickett


One of the hottest players currently playing on the poker scene is Sam Trickett. Born on July 2, 1986 in East Retford, United Kingdom, Sam Trickett actually only stumbled into the game in 2005.

Sam Trickett Before then, he had a career in soccer as a semi-professional player until a knee injury caused permanent damage. For recreation, a friend invited him to a poker game one night and since he enjoyed it, he went back regularly and started a winning streak which lasted for three weeks.

He then realized that he could earn more in one night of playing than a week's worth of working on a day job.

This got him to consider playing poker professionally. While this would spell the end of his semi-professional soccer career, it would be the start of a very successful introduction to the poker scene.

Sam Trickett initially joined some small tournaments and slowly made a name for himself. In 2007, he had his friend Julian Thew help him become better as a professional poker player. The duo started playing together on all the regular games and tournaments honing Sam's skills to a level beyond normal.

By the end of the year, he was playing in Las Vegas where he ended up in the 102nd place, just almost reaching the big pot prizes. By June of 2008, his Vegas trip was phenomenal.

He was serious about his cash games and he also joined an online tournament and immediately won the grand prize which earned him close to $500,000. That was in 2008 alone.

In 2010, Team Titan signed him up as a member; he had amassed more than a million dollars from playing in tournaments by then. As of this year, he is currently grossing more than three million dollars.

These figures are pretty amazing if you take into account that he considers himself to be a specialist in high stakes cash games and not poker tournaments. In December 2010, Sam went off to Macau and brought back around a million pounds from playing against wealthy businessmen there.

Shortly after that, he took home more than $3 million in cash from no limit hold'em tournaments. Early this year, the Aussie Millions event historically had the largest buy-in for poker and Sam came close, landing in the second place with $1.5 million.

Being a hotshot definitely has its perks: Sam has been on the cover of a couple of magazines which just served to boost his already peaking career. In interviews, he says that being sociable at the poker table actually helped him improve his game.



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