Sam Trickett

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Samuel Trickett
Nickname(s) Tricky
Residence East Retford
Born (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 31)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Final table(s) 2
Money finish(es) 7
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Information accurate as of 2 July 2010.

Sam Trickett (born 2 July 1986 in East Retford, Nottinghamshire, England) is a British professional poker player. He is best known for finishing second, losing heads-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the Big One for One Drop - winning over $10 million in prize money.[1] He is currently the fifth-highest earner in tournament play of all time.[2]


Trickett started playing poker in 2005 after suffering a knee injury that ended his career as a professional footballer. He soon became a regular in poker events in Sheffield.[citation needed]

Trickett won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event in 2008, taking $215,178 in prize money. He cashed six times in the 41st World Series of Poker.[3]

In late 2010, Trickett, alongside the likes of Tom Dwan, John Juanda and Phil Ivey, took part in a series of high-stakes cash games in Macau featuring a number of wealthy Chinese businessmen. In an interview in the January 2011 issue of Bluff Europe magazine Trickett revealed that he won approximately £1m in these games and that he was currently learning Mandarin.[4]

In less than a month at the beginning of 2011 Trickett cashed for more than $3 million in super high buy-in small field no-limit hold'em tournaments. The $100k buy-in super high roller event at PCA, he won the $100k buy-in high roller event at the Aussie Millions and he got second place in what was then the largest buy-in tournament in history at the $250k super high roller event at the Aussie Millions.[3]

On 13 November 2011, Trickett won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes and won €1,000,000.[5]

On 3 July 2012, Trickett placed second in the WSOP's Big One for One Drop, a US$1 million buy-in event that is now the highest buy-in tournament ever. He won $10,112,001, making him Great Britain's all-time most successful poker player.[6] Following this record-breaking cash, British media interest in Trickett intensified,[7] culminating in the commission of an online documentary chronichling Trickett's early life up to his One Drop success.[8]

On 1 February 2013, Trickett won the $250,000 Challenge at the 2013 Aussie Millions. For his efforts, Trickett earned $2,000,000 AUD,[9] adding nearly $2.1 million USD to his bankroll.

On 23 March 2013, Sam finished runner-up to Daniel Shak in Premier League Poker VI at Aspers Casino London. He won $200,000 for his second-place finish.[10]

As of 25 February 2014, his total live tournament winnings amount to $19,877,332,[11] placing him 5th on the all-time poker money list after Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2013, Trickett announced his engagement to long-term partner Natasha Sandhu, although in an interview in December 2014 he announced he had split up with Natasha who was his partner for over 10 years.[13]


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