How Sam Trickett Made his Millions

From being broke and earning £72 a week, professional poker player Sam Trickett recently voiced his story and let loose about what got him to the top in poker.

By: James Currie

With over £20 million in live career earnings and the no.2 spot on England’s all time money list, Trickett gave up his plumbing job back in 2006 after discovering poker. Trickett has since won a tournament for $10m (£7.7m), and is considered to be one of the best players to have ever played the game.

At 33, Sam brings us back to the days he was on the climb stating for Ladbible“I went down to that pub and played for the first time. I didn’t know the rules or anything, I just tried to do as best as I could and did alright”. Originally wanting to become a footballer, Trickett revealed that his defining moment was the time his girlfriend loaned him money:

"I wasn't doing so well, so my ex-girlfriend lent me £200 for that night. I said I'd pay it back the week after when I got paid.”

At a time where things were rough, he also said:

"I won the tournament and paid her back the same night. I couldn't really afford to play back then. At the time it was a big poker game. The pressure was on, I didn't have any money and I was getting £72 a week from my job."

Since then, Trickett is now in the top 25 earners of all time and has even came second in a million dollar tournament back in 2012 - The Big one for One Drop. If you are a poker player, you know how much prestige this event holds. At the time it was the highest recorded buy-in in tournament history at $1,000,000.


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With his hard earned cash from gambling online and at casinos, Sam has got his hands on a  few properties dotted across the globe, including this beautiful villa in Spain, and another one in London.

Although things were not always entirely rosy for Trickett, and like many other poker players, he has been through some tough experiences. At one point in his career, Trickett lost everything he had in less than a year after 'making bad choices, playing in bad games and being over generous with my friends'.

"Before I knew it I had no money again and I was broke," he said. "My girlfriend left me. I didn't know how I'd managed to mess it all up".

"I was going to buy trainers and I remember getting refused because my bank card didn't work, I was at such a low point. The trainers were £80 and I couldn't afford them."

Sam says that experience in poker and getting older has helped him to remain on a stable path. He stated that "It all paid off, so it was all worth it I suppose. All that money I wasted - it was all worth it in the end because I met my wife."

Currently Trickett is a partypoker ambassador who travels the world with the MILLIONS tour and revealed that he will be showing up for this years World Series of Poker.

"I can't wait to play the World Series later this year and travel with partypoker," he concluded. "I'm looking forward to the next few years."


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