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Sam Trickett Wins First MTT in Seven Years
British superstar Sam Trickett won his first live poker tournament in almost seven years earlier this week. He finished on top of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Super High Roller Series Sochi $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em. The popular Brit walked away with $435,000 as a result.
Sam Trickett Wins Super High Roller Series Sochi $25,000 NLHE Event
|1||Sam Trickett||United Kingdom||$435,000|
|7||Phil Ivey||United States||$72,500|
|9||Chin Wei Lim||Malaysia||$43,500|
It may have been almost seven years since Trickett tasted victory in a live event, but that’s only half the story. Trickett prefers playing high stakes cash games to tournaments but appears to be back on the MTT trail.
A runner-up finish at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €25,500 Super High Roller netted Trickett €368,899 ($412,256). Only Kahle Burns finished ahead of Trickett that day and it denied him a gold bracelet. Nobody finished in front of Trickett this time around.
Trickett Outlasts 57 Opponents
Fifty-eight players bought into this event at the Sochi Casino, Russia, for $25,000. Day 1 saw those 58 whittled to the unofficial final table of nine.
Aleksey Gortikov busted in 10th place to burst the bubble and end the day’s proceedings. Gortikov chose Ah-7h to move all-in with. Fellow Russian Artur Martirosyan looked him with with 4s-4c and went on to flop a set. Gortikov was drawing dead by the turn.
Chin Wei Lim was the first player eliminated on the second day’s action. Lim got his chips in with the best of it. His Ah-Jh being in front of Phil Ivey’s Ks-Qs. His hand remained best until the river where Ivey improved to a straight.
Paul Phua exited when a clash with the then chip leader Ivan Leow didn’t go to plan.
The final table grew less shark-infested with the elimination of Ivey. Ivey raised preflop with Qs-Qh and called when Matthias Eibinger moved all-in with Ks-Ts. Eibinger flopped a ten, turned a king and Ivey headed for the exits.
Trickett now upped his aggression with the table being six-handed. Martirosyan pushed his short stack into the middle with Jc-Tc and Trickett called with Ad-4h. Neither player paired either of their hole cards and Trickett’s ace-kicker won him the pot.
Timothy Adams, winner of the recent Super High Roller Bowl Australia, fell in fifth-place. Adams’ top pair lost to the turned two pair of Leow.
The Deadly Mateos Busts
Adrian Mateos was having a torrid time at the table but managed to double his stack. He committed his final 11 big blinds with Kh-8d on a king-high flop only to run into the pocket aces in the hand of Trickett. Bricks appeared on the turn and rail and Mateos had to make do with a fourth-place finish.
Another rivered straight came to the rescue of Trickett, which also sent Eibinger to the showers. Eibinger shoved with Kh-4h and Trickett called with Jh-Th. A jack and king on the flop were followed by an ace and queen to gift the Brit a straight.
That hand put Trickett into a 4,030,000 to 3,225,000 lead over Leow but Leow clawed his way in front. The chip lead exchanged hands several times before this happened to end the tournament.
Blinds were 40,000/80,000/80,000a and Leow raised to 250,000. Trickett decided to jam all-in and Leow called. The dealer counted both stacks and Trickett was narrowly ahead.
Leow showed Ah-Qh and Trickett the Ad-4s. The final board of Qs-7s-5s-Td-6s four-flushed with spades, busting Leow in second-place.
This victory takes Trickett’s live tournament winnings to $21,782,558. We wouldn’t bet against him adding more to that impressive total in the coming months.