What's it like to win a seven-figure pot at the biggest cash game in the world? U.K. poker pro Sam Trickett enlightened us on Tuesday. We'll bring you that story and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.
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"Biggest Pot I Have Ever Won"
Last month, we reported that Sam Trickett had won the biggest pot of his life during a high-stakes cash game in Macau. Naturally, we were curious about the details of the hand, and Trickett was kind enough to post them in his latest blog on Tuesday.
According to Trickett, who has been a regular in the Macau games since last year, he was playing three-handed against two other "top pros" with the blinds at HKD$10K/20K (USD$1,300/2,600). The button raised to HKD$60K, Trickett three-bet to HKD$220K with in the small blind, and the big blind and button called. The flop came with two diamonds. Trickett checked, the big blind fired HKD$440K, and the button and Trickett called.
The turn was the , giving Trickett a flush, and all three players checked. "I’m obviously now feeling pretty confident my hand is good," Trickett explained.
The river was the , which put a six-high straight on the board with three diamonds. Trickett checked again and the big blind bet HKD$2.2 million. The button called, and Trickett decided to move all in for around HKD$7.7 million. The big blind called and the small blind folded, saying later that he had a seven in his hand. Trickett's flush was the winner, and he scooped a pot worth an estimated HKD$16 million (USD$2 million).
Said Trickett, "It’s actually not the biggest pot I have played and I have lost a few pots bigger than that where I took some nasty beats but it was certainly amazing to win my first big pot."
Read Trickett's full blog at sam-trickett.titanpoker.com.
Scott Seiver Wins PartyPoker Premier League V
In his very first crack at the PartyPoker Premier League, Scott Seiver walked away with the title and $500,000 after winning the eight-handed final table on Tuesday evening in Vienna, Austria.
Seiver bested a talented field that included Tom Dwan, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, Patrik Antonius, Sam Trickett, Phil Laak, Tony G, and qualifier Mathew Frankland, who entered the final table with the chip lead after generating the most points in the preliminary heats. In the end, though, it was Seiver who finished on top, joining David Benyamine, Andy Black, JC Tran and Juha Helppi in the PartyPoker Premier League winner's circle.
Seiver was also awarded a seat to next month's $25,000 World Poker Tour Championship, the same event he won last year for $1,618,344.
Premier League V Results
Read the full final table recap at PokerNews.com.
Super High Roller in Manila
As if the high-stakes games weren't already massive in Asia, they just got bigger. On Thursday, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) and Resorts World announced the launch of the Manila Millions, a HKD$1,000,000 buy-in tournament Resorts World Manila’s Genting Club on April 20.
Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan have already confirmed their participation in the super high roller event, and several other big names — likely even Sam Trickett — are expected to make the trip to the Philippines for the prestigious event. It will be the biggest buy-in tournament ever in Asia.
“The Asian Poker Tour and Resorts World Manila are going to make poker history once again and this time it’s by staging Asia’s biggest super high roller event," said Asian Poker Tour CEO Jeff Mann. "A buy-in of this magnitude will put the Philippines on the world poker map and the APT is excited to once again be working with Resorts World Manila to make it all possible."
Read the story at PokerNews.com for more.
Poker For a Good Cause
On Saturday, May 5, the Caesars Palace poker room in Las Vegas will host the inaugural Children of Courage Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament. The $340 buy-in event is expected to attract celebrities, poker pros and casual players, with the winner getting a seat to the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.
The $340 buy-in includes a welcome gift, VIP brunch at PURE Nightclub, and chance to win a share of $40,000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds will go toward a number of programs created by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) and the Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Club.
For more information, visit the NCCF website.
Sitting Idle in Sin City
The one-year anniversary of Black Friday is upon us, and many online poker pros in the U.S. are still trying to wake up from the nightmare that transformed their lives.
The BBC recently took a glimpse into the life of Robert "grimhogun" Fellner, a poker pro from Las Vegas who has been sharpening his skills at the play-money tables rather than playing at casinos or moving outside of the country. Like many of his peers, Fellner is waiting on Internet poker regulation so he can resume his poker career.
The BBC story is pro-poker and definitely worth a watch. Check it out at BBC.com.