2th Jul 1986
Born in Retford, Nottinghamshire, Sam Trickett was destined to be a professional footballer before injury derailed his ambitions. Trickett channelled his disappointment and natural competitiveness into poker, building up a bankroll playing £100 comps around the casinos of the Midlands.
Things started to take off for Sam when he won the GUKPT Luton Main Event in 2008, although he had a torrid WSOP in 2009 and afterwards found himself broke. He met James Bord of the PokerFarm who agreed to bankroll him, and by 2011 Sam was at the big game in Macau, playing for million dollar pots. This was also the year that Sam’s tournament results went stratospheric. He began the year by winning the Aussie Millions High Roller for $1.5m, then entered the Super High Roller and, five days later, picked up $1.3m. The following September he won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for €1m.
In July 2012, his second place in the Big One for One Drop netted him $10m, making him the highest UK money-earner and fourth on the all-time money list.
Interview: Sam Trickett and the Macau Big Game
Interview: Sam Trickett
Interview: Summer of Sam