A Look Back at the Rise of Sam Trickett

Sam Trickett has firmly cemented himself at the pinnacle of poker over the last decade. The 33-year-old from Nottinghamshire sat for a long time at the top of the UK live tournament winners list. Currently he sits second only to Stephen Chidwick - possibly the best tournament player on the planet right now.

By: Mark Patrickson

Trickett has proven to be far from being a one-hit-wonder, after binking more than $10 million in the Big One for One Drop back in 2012. Since then, he has added another four $1 million plus scores to his record, despite being primarily a cash game player.

It’s fair to say though, that all of this almost never happened. Football, not poker, was Trickett’s first love. A career on the football park was cruelly ripped away at the age of 19 with a serious knee injury, and so poker beckoned as a substitute passion.

It didn’t take long for Trickett’s determination to show in his replacement discipline. A couple of years playing live tournaments for as little as £50 soon developed into $5,000 plus events on a semi-regular basis.

2012 was the breakout moment but that didn’t temper his motivation. If anything, it propelled his work ethic into another gear which is responsible for the stellar career he’s had. Now signed up as a partypoker brand ambassador Trickett lives a globetrotting lifestyle playing the high rollers whenever the mood takes him. Online cash games are still a passion too.

Budding poker players at the start of their career should pay attention to what this man says about working hard and never giving up. The sky really is the limit if you’re prepared to work for it.


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