Trickett Holds Off German Invasion to Win $2 Million

Sam Trickett
Sam Trickett

Sam Trickett outlasted Germans Tobias Reinkemeier, Fabian Quoss and Igor Kurganov to win the LK Jewelry $250k Challenge at the 2013 Aussie Millions.

Trickett took down AUD $2 million for his efforts.

“I’m over the moon,” he said. “It’s another big pay day. I can’t really believe it.”

The final table featured the aforementioned Germans, Trickett, Erik Seidel and Macau high rollers Richard Yong and Winfred Yu.

Only four spots paid, however, and Yong, Seidel and Yu were left out of the cash by finishing seventh, sixth and fifth respectively.

The odds were in favor of a German winner as Reinkemeier, Quoss, Kurganov, who are all friends, were in the final four. Trickett had other ideas.

Trickett Goes Straight Flush Over Flush to Bust Kurganov Fourth

Tobias Reinkemeier
Runner-up finisher Tobias Reinkemeier.

The highlight hand of the final table saw Trickett bust Kurganov in a massive pot with a straight flush over Kurganov’s jack-high flush.

“I was actually a little bit embarrassed to have a straight flush over a flush in that scenario,” said Trickett.

“It already happened to me in One Drop when I had quads against a guy with the nut-flush. It was definitely a fun turn card.”

Quoss busted shortly after the hand, which paved the way for a heads-up battle between Reinkemeier and Trickett. Heads-up only lasted a few hands with Trickett busting Reinkemier with Ace-Five over King-Deuce.

Trickett’s record in high-roller events is mind-boggling. The Englishman is now up nearly $6 million in events $100k and higher since 2011 with two outright victories in $100k events and a previous second place in the $250k.

“I probably play more high rollers than anyone else,” he said. “I feel like it suits my style of poker, putting lots of pressure on people.”

If you include Trickett’s second place in the $1 million buy-in Big Drop then he’s up over $16 million.

“It helps that I choose to run good in these tournaments,” he laughed.

Here are the complete final-table results:

  • 1. Sam Trickett - $2 million
  • 2. Tobias Reinkemeier - $1.25 million
  • 3. Fabian Quoss - $750,000
  • 4. Igor Kurganov - $500,000
  • 5. Winfred Yu - $0
  • 6. Erik Seidel - $0
  • 7. Richard Yong - $0
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