Sam Trickett proves once again that he has what it takes to register, play, and conquer. The inaugural PartyPoker.com Road to Old Trafford took place over the weekend at the home of Manchester United. Trickett has long been a United fan...and obviously a high-stakes poker player...and took down the first place prize of £10,000 and donated it to Rio Ferdinand’s Live the Dream Foundation Charity.
Trickett is a seasoned high-stakes player — at the ripe old age of 27 — and recently finished second in the PartyPoker.com Premier League; second in the Big One for One Drop at the WSOP in 2012 for $10 million; and played the recreational £250 buy-in 169 runner event because of his passion for Manchester United. Trickett has racked up a massive $19,752,481 in live tournament wins and holds the position of second biggest-all time live poker tournament winner in the history of the game.
Although Trickett's first-place prize at Old Trafford pales in comparison to his other wins, it brought him back to one of his first loves. He had a knee injury that ended his hopes for a career as a semi-professional footballer; he started playing poker in 2004. Sam had this to say, “I am really happy to win this event – I played for fun but I felt I really had to win at Old Trafford – I made it my mission!”
Trickett received a special United shirt by Rio Ferdinand in a presentation the day before the final table; he visited the legendary Aon Training Complex after watching Rio's testimonial match against Sevilla at the 'Theatre of Dreams' with competition winners.
“I am happy to make a contribution to Rio’s charity, it is a very worthy cause,” said Sam, “this has been a great fun weekend and so much different and more relaxed than any other tournament I have played. I am totally made up for winning at Old Trafford, it has been an amazing experience.”
Football legends Bryan Robson, Dwight Yorke, Quinton Fortune, and Norman Whiteside attended the recreational poker event. ‘Captain Marvel’ Robson was very appreciative of the experience, “It seemed like everyone really enjoyed the event – Old Trafford is really a magical place. There was a great fun atmosphere and I was happy to be part of it.”
Kara Scott and Jesse May, Team PartyPoker.com members, were at the event and Kara interviewed the legends when they were out of the Main Event competition.
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PartyPoker.com Road to Old Trafford results:
|5th||Karl Michael Roberts||£2,320|
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