Sam Trickett Explains $2 Million Pot Win

Earlier this year, Sam Trickett won around $2.3 million playing in Macau’s Big Game only to suffer a huge downswing the next time he was in town. The details of the 25 year-old’s most recent visit to the Poker King Club, however,  is a bit sketchy but we do know that the UK pro won his biggest ever pot which he then promised to tell us about in a blog post.
True to his word, Sam Trickett has now revealed the details of the pot in question worth HKD$16 million (US$2 million), although, for obvious reasons, he said he wouldn’t explain his thought process as much as in previous blogs.
In the hand in question, Sam Trickett was playing three-handed against two aggressive players with the blinds at HKD$10K/20K (USD$1,300/$2,600). Sam was then dealt Jd-10d in the small blind, and decided to 3-bet the button from HKD$60K to HKD$220K with both the big blind and button making the call.
The flop came 3-4-5 with two diamonds, to which Trickett check-called the SB’s HKD$440K bet with the three-players then seeing the 6d turn. At this point, all three players checked to which Trickett said “I’m obviously now feeling pretty confident my hand is good,” and so he  he craftily checked once again on a 2h river.
This time around the big blind subsequently fired out a roughly pot-sized HKD$2.2 million bet which was called by the button, and as Trickett explains:
“Sometimes I could just call here but because the way the hand had been played out and I knew the other 2 players in the pot were capable of calling light and they were also aware that I could bluff in this spot as everyone checked the turn. So I moved all-in for around HK$7.7m and the BB instantly showed his expression and was not happy. Made me feel great obviously and after a long tank he called the extra $5m.
The small blind then folded his seven high-straight and after the big blind saw Trickett’s flush, he folded without revealing his hand leaving the UK pro to scoop the HKD$16 million (USD$2 million) pot.
Sam Trickett concludes his post by explaining that it wasn’t the largest pot he had been involved in but was certainly the largest he had won, writing:
“It’s actually not the biggest pot I have played and I have lost a few pots bigger than that where I took some nasty beats but it was certainly amazing to win my 1st big pot.”

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