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British Hotel Duty Manager Rickie Silcock Becomes a Poker Pro

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  • Rickie Silcock is realising a dream by becoming a professional poker player after banking a €400,000 score.

A british hotel duty manager has realised his dream to become a professional poker player thanks to hard work, dedication and the staking company BRS.

Rickie Silcock is a 33-year-old hailing from Chesterfield who was playing in pub poker games only six months ago. Finding he had a penchant for the game, Silcock joined the BRS Academy in the hope he would win coaching and backing the the stable run by British legend Paul “ActionJack” Jackson.

Silcock impressed during his initial trial of $5 sit & go tournaments, Jackson’s team decided to take Silcock on, and he’s never looked back. After progressing through the various tournament buy-in levels both online and live, Silcock found himself playing at the recent partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Main Event in Rozvadov after qualifying online at partypoker as part of his BRS backing deal.

Some 927 players bought into the €5,300 buy-in live event at King’s Casino, Silcock among them. Seasoned pros such as Ole Schemion, Mike Leah, Timothy Adams, James Akenhead, Martin Staszko, Pierre Neuville, Maria Lampropulos, Vojtech Ruzicka, Patrick Leonard, Jason Wheeler, Niall Farrell, Philipp Gruissem, Ludovic Geilich, and Adrian Mateos were just a handful of the game’s elite players who navigated their way into the money place. Silcock outlasted them all.

The Cruel Hand of Fate

In fact, Silcock almost outlasted the entire field because he finished in third-place for a €400,000 score. Silcock can count himself unlucky to bust in third-place as his opponent was one card away from doubling him up.

Pavel Plesuv limped on the button with {A-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} and Silcock checked in the big blind with {9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}. Silcock check-called a 10 million bet on the {8-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Spades} flop before both players checked the {4-Hearts} turn. The river was the {2-Diamonds}, Silcock bet 35 million and then eventually called when Plesuv set him all-in, having rivered a straight. Silcock headed to the exits while Plesuv locked horns with Viktor “Isildur1” Blom heads-up for the title; Blom secured the trophy and €850,000 in prize money.

Armed with a substantial bankroll, Silcock handed his notice in at work and has already worked his final shift as a hotel duty manager and has embarked on a career as a professional poker player, something Silcock doesn’t think would have happened so soon had it not been for BRS.

“Joining BRS has helped me massively just in the five months I have been playing for them. Every aspect of your game is helped, I’ve found my temperament is a lot better and I’m making a lot more better decisions more regularly, little things like bet sizes, board textures, ranges etc. I could always win at the lower levels but I joined BRS to improve my game to a higher level. Anyone can do the same if you put time and effort in.”

UK & Ireland PokerNews will be speaking exclusively to Silcock in the next couple of weeks to see how his first month as a poker pro has panned out for him. Watch this space.

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