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Sam Trickett Second In Chips Going Into WPT Venice Final Table

Sam Trickett

Superstar Sam Trickett has reached the final table of the 2014 Gioco Digitale World Poker Tour Venice Carnival Main Event and looks set to follow in Chris Moorman’s footsteps by becoming a Britsh WPT champion.

Only four players in the world have won more money from live poker tournaments than Trickett but so far one of poker’s three majors titles – World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour – have eluded him. Trickett has won plenty of other major events including Aussie Millions Super High Rollers and the Partouche Poker Tour, but winning one of the so-called majors would be a massive achievement for the Retford lad.

Trickett starts the final day in second place with a stack of 911,000. Although arguably the most talented play at the six-handed final table, Trickett is sure to have a tough time at the Casino di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi as he is surrounded by immense poker talent.

The tournament’s chip leader is Andrea Dato who is more than capable of winning the tournament, while Alessio Isaia has won this very event before. Although relatively short stacked, Greece’s first and only EPT champion Sotirios Koutoupas is only one double up away from being a royal pain in the backside for his five table mates, so the finale should be a great poker spectacle.

2014 World Poker Tour Venice Carnival Main Event Final Table

1Alessio Isaia708,000
2Maurizio Saieva344,000
3Andrea Dato1,364,000
4Sotirios Koutoupas344,000
5Mario Vojvoda643,000
6Sam Trickett911,000

Sadly, Trickett’s fellow Brit Steve Watts couldn’t navigate his way through the penultimate day’s play and he crashed out in 15th place. The popular footballer turned poker pro got his stack into the middle with {K-Diamonds}{K-Hearts} and looked set for a double up when Koutoupas called with the seemingly crushed {K-Spades}{J-Hearts}. Watts was more than a 9:1 favourite to win the hand, that was until the {J-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop left him needing to catch the case king! The {8-Clubs} turn and {8-Diamonds} river were not what Watts wanted to see and he busted far earlier than he would have liked.

Play resumes at 2:30 local time and continues until a champion is crowned. We have everything crossed for a Trickett win here at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ, tune into these pages on Sunday to discover if our heros bagged himself yet another live tournament win.

Lead image courtesy of the WPT live updates team

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