Monday November 14, 2011 : BRIT VICTORY IN FRENCH POKER TOURNEMENT
Trickett the boss on Partouche main event final table
The young Brit poker pro Sam Trickett added further lustre to his reputation….and a cool Euro 1 million in prize money to his bank balance…this weekend in Cannes, France, besting a field of 579 that included many of the top players in the world to take down the 2011 Partouche Poker Tour.
It was his third seven-figure take-home this year alone, and topped a run that has seen him boost his career earnings by $4.5 million to date.
After a fantastic World Series of Poker and other major tournaments performance in 2010, Trickett kicked off 2011 with a A$1,525,000 victory in the Aussie Millions High Roller event, following this a little later with a second placing against Erik Seidel in the A$250,000 buy-in Super High Roller for a further A$1,400,000.
He went on to cash in final tables at the WPT Diamond Championship; the EPT London High Roller and the Euro 5,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOPE in Cannes last month.
Trickett went into the final table of the Partouche Poker Tour main event with a small chip lead, facing Salman Behbehani, Oleksil Kovalchuk, Ilan Boujenah, Roger Hairabedian, Alexander Dovzhenko, Mustapha Kanit, Alexandre Coussy and Mads Wissing.
The young Brit had to fight back into contention after losing heavily early on and dropping down to the bottom of the chip counts as the eliminations whittled the table down to four players, but Trickett survived, made a comeback, and won through to the heads up with US player Salman Behbehani, although he was at a 2 to 1 disadvantage.
Undeterred, Trickett played his way back to equal his opponent's chip count, and then slightly increased his lead going into what turned out to be the final hand.
Trickett opened to 200 000 and Behbehani made it 585 000; Trickett four-bet to 1.3 million and Behbehani shoved for just over 8 milllion, where Trickett snap-called with tens and Behbehani showed AJ offsuit.
The board brought no help for Behbehani and Trickett took the main prize and the honours, leaving Behbehani with the runner up prize of Euro 600 000.
The win brings Trickett's career earnings to just short of $6.5 million, making him one the top earners among European pros, and with six weeks of 2011 still remaining, he has the potential to boost his bank balance further both on and offline.