Sam Trickett the Big Winner at $250k ChallengeWednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Ryan
In recent months, the name Sam Trickett has gone along with the word success. Trickett has done some serious damage in past tournaments, and overall I think that he’s likely to get votes as one of the best tournament poker players in the world today. Trickett is feared by many players, and when you see his name in a tournament there’s a good chance that much is expected of him. Trickett may not have a ridiculous amount of World Series of Poker gold bracelets, or the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour multiple victories on his resume, but he takes down events often. You’ll find that he plays in some of the biggest events out there, including the $250k Aussie Millions $250k Challenge that was held this past week.
While the $250k Challenge at the 2013 Aussie Millions may have only featured a smaller field of 14 players, the winner was set to take down a first place pay day that was worth a beautiful $2 million. To sum up exactly how ridiculously good that Trickett has been in terms of bringing in big scores, it is the SIXTH time that Trickett has been able to haul in a cash that was seven figures. According to thehendonmob.com, Trickett is now in second place on the all-time money list with this most recent $2 million win that he got from the $250k Challenge. Remember, he’s only been playing tournament poker for six years now, so the fact that he finds himself near the top is incredibly impressive.
When the action of Day 2 for the event started, there were seven players left in the action and Trickett found himself in fifth place out of those, so he had some work to do. In total, he was holding around 20 big blinds with a chip stack of 494,000. First place to start the final day of action was Tobias Reinkemeier with 1,237,000 chips, then was Igor Kurganov with 854,000 chips, third place was Fabian Quoss with 764,000, fourth was Richard Yong with 580,000, then was Winfred Yu with 387,000, and last but not least Erik Seidel in seventh with 184,000 as the short stack.
The final table of action at the $250k featured one hand for Trickett that really turned the tides. He was able to hit a straight flush in order to grab the chip lead, and this got the job done over the straight that Kurganov was able to hit. Kurganov ended up finishing in 4th place and pulled in a $500k pay day, which was the second high-roller cash of this specific series for him, as he finished in second in the $100k challenge.
Aside from just the $500k finish for Kurganov, Quoss ended up finishing in 3rd place to bring home a pay day that was worth $750,000. The heads up match was between Reinkemeier and Trickett. While both players brought home million dollar pay days, it was Trickett who got the job done. This sent Reinkemeier home with a very nice second place finish that was worth $1,250,000, and Trickett won the $2 million pay day. Trickett finds his name hotter than ever after this big win, and he simply is rolling along.
It wouldn’t be overly surprising to see Trickett find himself at the talks for the Player of the Year races at the end of the year, but obviously it’s very early to consider those things just yet. Trickett could be in for a big summer at the World Series of Poker as well, and while he hasn’t brought in multiple gold bracelets as previously mentioned, his all-around tournament talent is paying off, and with how well he’s playing I’m expecting him to be one of the more talked about and followed players at the 2013 World Series of Poker. We’ll keep you updated on any big news that comes up in 2013 about the popular Sam Trickett, because as you know, his next big score could come at anytime and you don’t want to miss out on the story behind it.