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Sam Trickett, the man who told PokerListings.com he had spent more than $1 million on champagne in the last three years, swore off alcohol entirely in the week leading up the WSOP Big One for One Drop. In 2012 Trickett finished second in this event, pocketing over $10 million and skyrocketing to the upper echelons of the all-time poker money list. This year he's back, armed with the experience from 2012 and a serious hunger for another chance at the One Drop title. PokerListings.com caught Trickett for a quick chat moments before the world's second $1 million buy-in event began to find out what it's like to sit down at the poker table with seven figures on the line. Check PokerListings.com for the latest news and video from the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
I'm super excited. I was excited for the last one. This one's even more exciting because I know what it's all about. I've been there, I've done it. I've been through the emotions. So, yeah, I'm really excited. I just want to get involved now. I'm standing around waiting. I'm itching to play. I want to get in there, get the cards in the air and just get involved. And try and make my way through to the final.
Amongst poker players, nothing much changed too much because I've always had some recognition from the UK players. But, like, amongst the general public, it was huge. I'm much more recognized now. I was in the national papers and I had a lot of media attention. So things changed on that perspective, but amongst poker players, it's pretty much the same.
That's pretty much what I've been doing. I haven't had a drink for seven or eight days, not one drop, purposely. I just wanted to make sure I was 100% fresh, eating well, and I've been at the gym, obviously. And then just doing what I normally do, like I always say, gym, eat well, and just stay fresh and sleep well. And that's about it, really.
I'm comfortable to put all my chips on the line and risk it all, if I feel it's the right decision because that's where I've got where I am today by being able to do that and make those big decisions. So I'm never going to back off a decision if my heart's telling me to go with it.