Running it twice: Sam Trickett dominates the week

A busy few days watching Cheltenham hasn’t stopped the PokerPlayer team in it’s tracks. In between races we’ve been hard at work. Here’s a look back at what we’ve been up to…

It’s all about Trickett

Poker megastar Sam Trickett stole the limelight this week by securing a sponsorship deal with Everest Poker and final tabling WPT Venice.

Trickett was defeated heads-up by Andrea Dato to land himself €66,000. Not a huge sum for a guy who has played in some of the biggest tournaments and cash games in the world, but a sign that he’s back on the tournament circuit and looking for glory.

Earlier in the week we took a look at some of the most interesting hands the young Brit has played in his stellar career so far. 

Silver confidence

A lot of players can only dream about the sort of run Max Silver has been on. A lot of players can also only dream about the talent for the game he has.

Understandably the man at the top of the current UKIPT leaderboard was in high spirits when we caught up with him earlier this week. 

It was interesting to see that despite a confidence boosting run, Silver remains a humble and down to earth character. Something that will definitely hold him in good stead as he searches for a first major title.

Moorman wins L.A. Poker Classic

One Brit that has achieved a first major live title is Chris Moorman. The online poker legend defeated Glenn Lafaye heads-up to scoop the $1m first prize.

The support Moorman received from the community was something to behold and he responded by taking his live tournament winnings to over $4m. Quite a lot for someone who supposedly had a monkey to get off his back…

This victory was partly owed to a fascinating hand that took place with just three left in the tournament. The chip-leader Lafaye opened with Q-J only for the short-stacked Michael Rocco to jam A-8. Moorman found the re-shove with a pair of Tens only to be astounded when Lafaye called it off with Queen-high. It wasn’t looking good on the K-Q-J flop, or the 3 turn, but the dramatic A river took the contest into heads-up with the stacks level! If you ask PokerPlayer there was a hint of justice with the fall of that final card…

Betting Emporium gets the lot

Following our interview with Joe Beevers ten days ago, the PokerPlayer team decided to put up the money and follow the sound tipping of Neil Channing.

After a testing first day at the Cheltenham Festival, things picked up and the winners started rolling in. And when Lord Windermere burst through in the final furlong to land us a 40/1 winner in the Gold Cup, the beers started flowing in the office. Thanks to Joe and Neil for a great week, we’ll be back next year for more of the same!

Ivey the businessman continues

Since Black Friday and the cutting of ties with Full Tilt Poker, Phil Ivey has been laying the foundations for his own business empire.

With Ivey Poker and Ivey League already in motion, Phil has now moved into the world of boxing, becoming the co-founder of All In EntertainmentCheck out the cool piece Ross Jarvis wrote earlier in the week, which includes some entertaining videos of poker players sticking on the gloves themselves!

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