On Wednesday last week, high-stakes poker pro Sam Trickett has organized his first ever invite-only high-stakes online pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game at the site where he is currently signed up as brand ambassador, PartyPoker.
According to Trickett, a 31-year-old who is the No. 1 player on the United Kingdom's all-time money list, the "Trickett's Room" is witness to the inaugural 6-hour long game that featured other famous names in the poker industry including Viktor ‘Isildur' Blom, Tony G, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, Leon Tsoukernik, and Rob Yong, and since the high-stakes cash game has been a huge success, he shall be looking forward to staging more and definitely bigger games very soon. To put a big red cherry on top, he excitedly announced that both Phil Ivey and Tom ‘durrrr' Dwan could possibly show up!
It would be quite a task for Trickett to be able to organize the games corresponding with Ivey and Dwan's schedules, but Trickett said, "Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey have told me they would love to play, but we will see."
He says the invite-only game in Trickett's Room is available to anyone who plays at partypoker, "If you want to play a game amongst yourselves, just email in and it can be arranged."
The top winner
The inaugural game began at the $100/$200 stakes, but players had very soon moved up to the $200/$400 mark in which the action was juicy and exciting. Trickett remarked, "It's nice to play vs players who play very aggressively and who aren't using tracking software, it makes for a more fun game."
The top victor produced in Trickett's first high-stakes PLO cash game was Leon ‘KingsOfLeon' Tsoukernik, owner of Kings Casino Rozvadov in Czech Republic. He won a massive $93,000+, whereas Viktor ‘Isildur' Blom won $62,000.
Sam Trickett, on the other hand, was quite happy with his $37,500 prize, saying, "I played ok. I bluffed off $40k in one pot which I wasn't too happy with but I was just happy that everyone enjoyed it and that nobody lost too much."
Trickett's Room in the near future
Trickett is highly confident that his huge invitation-only games shall continue, "I want there to be a balance of pros and non-pros, as we've seen on poker shows in the past, that dynamic tends to create a really exciting game. Everyone that played really enjoyed themselves, and they are already asking me when the next game is. It wouldn't surprise me if we end up increasing the stakes and one day playing pots over $500k."
Trickett is a British poker player, who started to play poker back in 2005 after his pro football career ended when he suffered a knee injury.
As of February 2014, he has $19,877,332 of total live tournament winnings under his belt, which put him on the No. 5 spot on the all-time poker money list right after Antonio Esfandiari, Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey.