Sam Trickett was introduced to the game of poker in 2005 when he was invited to a regular game held at a friends bar. After enjoying the first night he went on to win the tournament regularly, including a three week winning stretch. Upon realising he could make more in one night at the poker tables than he could working for a whole week, he went on the search for more serious games. He took his first shot at a big tournament in Sheffield’s biggest casino and finished on the bubble, an experience he credits as starting his obsession with the game.
He persisted in Sheffield and after two more cashless events, he took a tournament down winning £1000 which was a huge confidence and bank account booster. Around the same time he started playing online, grinding $10 Sit ‘n’ Go’s with instant success. Early in 2007 he took a shot at a GCBPT qualifier in Nottingham and took first place, winning over £3,500 and a seat in the main event, which he finished in 11th, just outside of the big money. It was after this he called Julian Thew, who he had been playing with regularly in Nottingham and Sheffield and asked advice on how to succeed as a pro.
Julians advice was to start playing more regularly around the country, so they started attending more tournaments together with Julian taking parts of Sam’s action, enabling him to play more events. Sam took full advantage of his opportunity and won over $20,000 between August and October 2007. Around this time, Dusk Till Dawn opened its doors and Sam was introduced to players such as Paul ‘Action’ Jackson, who helped develop his game further by talking through hands and staking him online. This was a lucrative arrangement with Sam taking third in the DTD opening invitation- only event for over $12,000, whilst making a good profit for Paul through the staking deal.
In December 2007 Sam made his first trip to Las Vegas. He played a 500 person super satellite and qualified for the 700 person main satellite to the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic. With only a few thousand to his name and the bubble soon approaching, he started feeling the pressure with 107 players left and $30,000 being paid for 100th. Even though he was in the top 10 chips, two crucial pots cost him. The second hand was against Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot and after getting it all in with AK against Ulliots Queens and spiking a King on the flop, Ulliot rivered a Queen to bust Sam in 102nd, two short of the money.
In June 2008 Sam decided to take another shot at Vegas, this time for the WSOP. He played 2 events, busting near the bubble in both, but had a huge bankroll booster when he took down the Monday $1k on Full Tilt. This was his first tournament on the site, so winning straight off caused some controversy from the regulars, which was quite amusing for Sam. He then took a final shot by playing the $5,000 NL event and came 4th winning over $245,000. Coupled with some serious results playing $10/$20 cash games, his first Vegas trip was a great success.
Upon returning home, Sam’s focus turned back to the UK circuit. His aim was to win a GUKPT title and in August he won the Luton main event taking home over $210,000. He continued on the tour winning over $36,000 between November 2008 and Feb 2009, including two first place finishes in Blackpool and London, before winning the inaugural 888.com London Poker Circuit event for almost $14,000. Overall, this adds up to over $550,000 tournament winnings in less than 2 years.
On top of this Sam has been one of the most consistent winners in UK high stakes cash games, winning 6-figure sums in just a few days.