Friday July 6,2012 : BAD TRIP FOR TRICKETT
Runner up in poker's biggest ever tournament beaten up
From the elation of a $101.1 million second placing prize against some of the world's best poker players in the Big One for One Drop tournament, to the bewilderment and disappointment of being the victim of an unprovoked assault – British poker pro Sam Trickett experienced both in a short timeframe this week.
Whilst out celebrating with his long-time girlfriend Natasha Sandhu, Trickett was set upon for no apparent reason whilst leaving a Las Vegas club. In an apparently motiveless beating, six men left the young poker pro bruised and bleeding, and spat on his distressed girlfriend.
Within hours of Trickett tweeting about the assault, the story had spread to internet and mainstream media as far away as the UK.
The Daily Mail reported on Trickett's tweet, accompanying the story with a photograph of the pro's facial injuries, and revealing that the attack occurred just hours after his big win in the Big One for One Drop tournament, in which Antonio Esfandiari was victorious
Trickett tweeted: ‘Was having a great day until 6 guys did this to me. Seriously WTF? Couldn't be more angry #cowards.' He added: ‘Is this what happens if ur successful? literally beat the shit out of me and spat in @NatashaSandhu face all over nothing…It wasn't a mugging or anything, just over nothing, sam is fine..gonna spend some quality time together now.'