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Sam Trickett Takes Some Time Out From Poker

Sam Trickett

British poker superstar Sam Trickett is taking some time away from his role of partypoker ambassador and focussing his attention on his growing family.

Trickett and his wife, Mieke Dockley, became parents to Bodhi Blu in October 2020. Becoming a father often changes a person's outlook on life, and that appears to be the case with Trickett.

The man who currently occupies second place in the United Kingdom all-time money listings made the announcement on social media, tweeting to his 54,800 followers.

Playing poker professionally is time-consuming and often results in leading an insular lifestyle. In Trickett's case, he has spent a large percentage of the last 14 years travelling around the world in search of the biggest, most lucrative cash games and tournaments. It is difficult being on the road for weeks on end, especially when you have a young child at home.

Poker has been a major component of Trickett's life since 2007. Trickett's meteoric rise to stardom is well documented.

Sam Trickett's 10 Biggest Live MTT Scores

DateTournamentFinishing positionPrize
Jul. 2012$1,000,000 Big One for One Drop2nd$10,112,001
Feb. 2013A$250,000 Challenge1stA$2,000,000 ($2,11,397)
Jan. 2011A$100,000 Challenge1stA$1,525,000 ($1,508,258)
Jan. 2011A$250,000 Challenge2ndA$1,400,000 ($1,384,631)
Sep. 2011€8,500 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event1st€1,000,000 ($1,364,666)
Aug. 2012HK$2,000,000 Super High Roller7thHK$7,750,000 ($999,186)
Jun. 2010$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em2nd$505,725
Mar. 2020$25,500 Super High Roller1st$435,000
Oct. 2019€25,500 WSOPE Platinum High Roller2nd€368,899 ($412,256)
Aug. 2014€50,000 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller5th€288,400 ($386,346)

His first recorded cash on his glistening Hendon Mob page was a victory in a £110 buy-in tournament at the Great British Poker Tour in May 2007. Trickett won £3,610 that day, unaware that he would one day be regarded as one of the best poker players of his generation.

Trickett's first six-figure prize came in June 2008 when he finished fourth in a $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. He won $245,927 that day, which the catalyst for his career.

Victory in the £1,060 GUKPT Luton Main Event less than two months after his score in Vegas banked Trickett £109,050. A runner-up finish in the same $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event he finished fourth in saw Trickett's bankroll swell by $505,725. He did not have long to wait to win what was the first of five seven-figure prizes.

Trickett won the A$100,000 Challenge at the 2011 Aussie Millions and walked away with A$1,525,000. Less than a week later, he finished second to Erik Seidel in the A$250,000 Challenge for an additional A$1,400,000.

The $10 Million Dollar Man

Victory in the 2011 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event saw Trickett clinch another €1,000,000 before a ridiculous $10,112,001 headed Trickett's way when he finished second to Antonio Esfandiari in the inaugural Big One For One Drop event.

The Retford-born grinder made it no secret that he prefers cash games to tournament poker. Only he knows how much money he has made from playing in the biggest cash games in Macau and around the world. Stories and rumours of pots weighing in at several million dollars suggest Trickett's cash game winnings could surpass his $21,782,558 in live tournament earnings.

PokerNews seriously doubts this is the end for Trickett, but it is unlikely we will see the globe-trotting Trickett grinding tournaments or cash games any time soon. That will be a relief to anyone who used to face Trickett at the felt.

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