Sam Trickett Talks About a $23 Million Pot in Macau


In a recent Google Hangout interviewwith PokerNews at the World Series of Poker, British poker pro Sam Trickett (pictured) revealed some surprising details about his beef with Andrew Feldman, bad investment opportunities, and a $23 million pot that took place in the ultra high-stakes poker rooms of Macau.

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Trickett, best known for his second place finish at the Big One for One Drop in 2012, answered live questions from his online audience. After a brief chat about the World Cup and Cristiano Ronaldo, his favorite football player, the topic of conversation soon strayed to former poker pro Andrew Feldman.

Asked to describe the 27-year-old in three words, Trickett called him a dishonest and disrespectful cheat. His problems with Feldman go back years, when he supposedly lent his fellow Brit a large sum of money. “I looked out for him, helped him out in a lot of situations,” Trickett said. “One day, I [lent]him some money and he decided to get out of poker and that he didn’t want to pay me back, [giving] me no reason whatsoever.”

After threatening to out him as a thief on social media, Trickett, and good friend Chris Slytraded barbs with Feldman on Twitter. “Are you denying that Sam lent you €25K in Vienna and are now refusing to pay him back? Disgusting,” posted Sly.

According to Trickett, Feldman (pictured) then added insult to injury, sending him “smiley tongue faces” and saying, “I think you’re one of the nicest guys, but I’m sorry, I’m just not paying you back.”

Feldman later went on to appear on a show called “The Secret Millionaire,” which stoked Trickett’s anger even more. “Then I see him on TV in England, giving to charities and crying on TV. It’s just so irritating to be owned by a little kid like that,” he said, still frustrated by the incident. Trickett is hoping to recoup the supposed losses and has a court case pending against his former friend.

The British pro was later asked about the reaction of his family and friends after the 2012 One Drop, in which he pocketed just over $10 million. “You’ve got no idea the bad investment opportunities I’ve been given… Very bad investments,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve been involved in a few just to help them out, but yes, situations like that come up a lot… It’s difficult to say no to people.”

Trickett can occasionally be found in the ultra high-stakes poker games of Macau (pictured below), which usually feature a mix of poker pros and wealthy Chinese businessmen. When asked about the biggest pot he had ever seen, he described an extraordinary hand played between two unnamed players that soared into the eight-figures.

While not at the table, Trickett said he was 90% sure that the hand actually took place. The game was Texas Hold’em with the blinds set at 100,000/200,000 HKD, around $13,000/$26,000 USD. The table was four- or five-handed when the hand went down, he said, with a recreational player limping in, a pro raising, and an aggressive pro re-raising.

Both players called the raise and saw a flop of A-5-3 with two spades. The aggressive pro c-bet for 7.5 million HKD and his two opponents once again called. The turn brought the 2 of spades, making a flush and a one-card straight possible. There was a 12 million HKD bet, with one pro folding and the recreational player calling. The river paired the board with another 3 and the remaining pro made an all-in overbet for around 65 million HKD.

“The recreational player literally takes about 30 seconds and says, ‘You can’t have it’ and calls, flipping over A-K for top pair,” said Trickett. As it happens, the pro was bluffing “with something like 10-8” and his opponent dragged the mammoth “$22 million or $23 million USD pot.”

Trickett has already paid his $1 million buy-in for this year’s Big One for One Drop, along with 40 other players. You might recall he was attacked after finishing second two years ago. He has a stellar career in live tournaments, with just over $20 million in recorded winnings, according to the Global Poker Index.

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